Shimabuku: Noto

2013.4.27(Sat.) - 2014.3.2(Sun.)



2013.4.27(Sat.) - 2014.3.2(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Long-Term Project, Gallery 13


Mondays, May 7, July 16, September 17, 24, October 15, November 5, December 24, 29 to January 1, and January 14 (Open on April 29, May 6, July 15, August 12, September 16, 23, October 14, November 4, December 23, January 13, and Feburuary 10)


□Apr 27 - Sep 27:Admission free
□Sep 28 - Mar 2, 2014:Admission Free to holders of same day tickets to "Collection Exhibition II".

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802

Shimabuku travels the world, creating artworks that examine how people live and communicate. For this long-term project lasting one year, Shimabuku is traveling to Noto to satisfy his curiosity about its unusual customs and products. Then, based on what he discovers there from his unique artistic perspective, he is creating new artworks. The project is the 7th undertaking of the “Kanazawa Youth Dream Challenge Art Programme,” which offers young people from Kanazawa and other regions opportunities to work together with artists. As such, it has already (since April) seen some 28 “volunteer members” visit Noto with Shimabuku and return to recreate their discoveries there, in a museum gallery. From September 28, the artist is exhibiting the new works he has created with the members. Workshops and other events are also being held with Noto and this museum as a stage. Visitors to the exhibition will be freshly moved by Shimabuku’s unique perspective on Noto, so that they look anew at things all around them.

Related Projects

SHIBUYA Toshio Lecture: "Strange and Unknown Rituals of Noto"

Date/time: Sunday, April 7, 2013 15:00-16:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge
Capacity: 80 first arrivals

MORIKAWA Jinkuro x Shimabuku Talk: "A Battle with the Earth’s Forces: Noto’s Dried Kuchiko Sea Cucumber Ovaries"

Date/time: Saturday, April 27, 2013 15:30-16:30
Venue: Gallery 13, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge

KUSAKABE Kazushi × Shimabuku × Members “A New Perspective—A Talk while Showing Noto Photographs”

Date/time: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 16:00-17:00
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: No charge

Shimabuku Artist Talk

Date/time: Saturday, September 28, 2013
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Artist Profile


    Born in 1969. Lives and works in Berlin. Since the early 1990s, Shimabuku has traveled to locations around the world to create performances and installation works that examine how human beings live and propose new ways of communicating. He has appeared in group exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Hayward Gallery, London; and his many international exhibitions include the Venice Biennale, Italy (2003) and São Paulo Biennial, Brazil (2006). At 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, he has participated in the fifth anniversary exhibition “Hundred Stories about Love,” and his Born as a Box and Something that Floats, Something that Sinks are in the museum’s collection.

Call of members

  • Magaki bamboo fence observation tour
    (April 13, 2013 Ozawa, Wajima)

    Young people of 18-39 years of age recruited through public appeals. As of November 2013, 28 members are taking part, primarily from Kanazawa and other parts of Ishikawa prefecture, and Toyama prefecture. Since April, they have assisted the artist with field surveys in Noto and art production work. Since November, they have published a members newsletter, “To Noto,” in order to communicate the appeal of Noto in their own words.Available in Gallery 13.



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Grants from:

Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities

Patronized by:


Supported by:

Sogen Sake Brewing Co.,Ltd.