Collection 1 Where you meet with narratives

2015.5.26(Tue.) - 2015.11.15(Sun.)



2015.5.26(Tue.) - 2015.11.15(Sun.)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, Jul 21, Sep 24, Oct 13 (Open on Jul 20, Sep 21, Oct 12)


Adult: ¥360 (¥280)
University: ¥280 (¥220)
Elem/ JH/ HS: Admission free
65 and over: ¥280

*( ) indicate group rates (20 or more).
*Advance ticket will not be on sale.

For More Information:

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

Looking at the world scene “today (now),” Collection 1 endeavors to reinterpret the collection compiled by the museum over the past decade. In the 21st century, when artists of the world’s unique regional cultures bring increasing diversity to our society, what kind of potential lies in their artworks? This exhibition will look at the world from an inter-cultural standpoint, primarily through works in our collection.

Artists Profile

  • Tentenpou 1997
    © DEKI Yayoi
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    DEKI Yayoi

    Born in Osaka, Japan in 1977. Lives and works there. Deki Yayoi attracted critical attention as the youngest artist to participate in the “Ground Zero Japan” exhibition at Art Tower Mito in 1999, the same year she held her first solo show. She depicts in the real world in the form of paintings the fantasy world of ‘Nanakamura’ , a world that only she can see. Countless spots of color printed with her fingertip cover every inch of her paintings, and within each fingerprint is drawn using a fine brush the face of a human or animal. Deki strives to fill her canvases with depictions of the residents of Nanakamura. The works that result from this method exhibit aspects of an obsessive, other-dimension universe.

  • Happy Paradies 2015
    collection of artist
    © FUJI Hiroshi
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    FUJI Hiroshi

    Born in Kagoshima Prefecture in 1960 and lives in Itoshima City, Fukuoka Prefecture. Graduated with a master’s degree in fine arts from Science of Art, Kyoto City University of Arts. After working as lecturer at Papua New Guinea National Art University, and for a consulting firm of urban and construction planning, Fuji established Fuji Hiroshi Studio. In 2002, for a pre-opening event of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, he conducted Kaekko Bazaar project at Johoku Children’ s Hall, Kanazawa. Currently a vice-director of NPO Plus Arts, director at Towada Art Center, and professor of Arts & Roots Course, Akita University of Art.

  • Echoes-Crystallization 2015
    collection of artist
    © OHMAKI Shinji
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    OHMAKI Shinji

    Born in Gifu Prefecture in 1971 and lives in Tokyo.
    Studied sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts and the graduate school. Ohmaki Shinji continues to produce sculpture while exploring earnestly how matter and space should be. Extraordinary space created by Ohmaki touches the hearts of viewers and reminds them of what has been forgotten in daily life.

  • The Seven Wonders of Kanazawa 2008
    © OZAWA Tsuyoshi
    photo: KIOKU Keizo
    courtesy: Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo, Misa Shin Gallery

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi

    Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. Lives and works in Saitama. While criticizing the history and social systems that are considered mainstream, Ozawa interprets them in his own way and links them to his expression. As he traveled throughout the world, he continuously gave a project such as Jizoing (1988-) in which the scenery of places he visited was photographed with a hand-drawn jizo, and Nasubi Gallery (1993-) in which a wooden milk-box was made into a small portable gallery to exhibit artworks. Challenging the idea that an artwork is supposed to be an expression of very personal inner experiences, he produced The University of Sodan Art (1995-) in which an artwork was put together through consultations by different people. This project created a site where people with different values, roots and cultural backgrounds were linked as equivalents.

  • An Exploitation of Japanese Taste Series; Closed Coquetry Played Already A part of Installation ”Tokyoware Anti-Virtual Reality Touch and Decoration” 2000
    © NAKAMURA Kimpei
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    NAKAMURA Kimpei

    Born in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan in 1935. Lives and works in Tokyo. Nakamura Kimpei, who throughout his career has explored the far reaches of ceramic expression in a developing critique of conventional value systems, identifies his fourth-grader experience of Japan’s WWII defeat as the origin of his critical mentality. Dropping out of the Kanazawa College of Art in 1955, he studied the vessels and cooking of KITAOJI Rosanjin at the Nakajima restaurant. Influenced by trends in American contemporary ceramic art during a 1960s sojourn in the United States, he subsequently turned that critical eye to his own circumstance as eldest son of tea bowl maker NAKAMURA Baizan, in 1988 declaring himself a ‘Tokyo-ware’ potter, thus breaking away from the traditional association of ceramics with a particular locality. Championing the creation of ceramic art using the ‘neutral’ electric – and thus divorced from traditional values – kiln, and commercially-available potter’s clay, in 1993 he staged the solo show “Exploring the present with Tokyo ware meta-ceramics.”

  • Siren 2000
    Apparition 2001
    Monster Drawing No.1-No.6 1998
    © LEE Bul
    Photo: KIOKU Keizo

    LEE Bul

    Born in Yeongju, South Korea in 1964. Lives and works in Seoul. Lee Bul has been exhibiting since the second half of the 1980s. She started out with performances relating to her physical identity, and later began unveiling three-dimensional works made using a range of materials including ceramics, balloons, and raw fish. By weaving together traditional icons from art history and mythology and popular motifs with diverse elements including her own personal experiences and imagination, Lee Bul conjures up a highly original world that transcends cultures and time. She also creates works that seem to manifest the fusion of the organic and inorganic by incorporating contemporary materials such as polyurethane and stainless steel.


Organized by:

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

Supported by:

BUSSI-EN GROUP, Grill Otsuka, Kanazawa-Jinja Shrine, Oyama-Jinja Shrine, Renshoji Temple, Saifukuji Temple, Tawaraya Malt Sugar Candy Shop