Xijing Men “Xijing Is Not Xijing, Therefore Xijing Is Xijing.”

2016.4.29(Fri.) - 2016.8.28(Sun.)



2016.4.29(Fri.) - 2016.8.28(Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


Galleries / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa


Mondays, (Open on May 2, Jul 18, Aug 15) Jul 19


Adult: ¥1,000 (¥800)
University: ¥800 (¥600)
Elem/ JH/ HS: ¥400 (¥300)
65 and over: ¥800

*Tickets for this exhibition allows the holder to view the Collction Exhibition 2 (-May 8), Collction Exhibition 1 (May 21-).
*( ) indicate advance ticket and group rates (20 or more).

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Phone: +81-76-220-2800
Facsimile: +81-76-220-2802
E-Mail: info@kanazawa21.jp

“Xijing” is a fictitious city-state. In 2007, the three artists, OZAWA Tsuyoshi (born in 1965 and currently residing in Saitama Prefecture), CHEN Shaoxiong (born in 1962 and currently residing in Beijing) and Gimhongsok (born in 1964 and currently residing in Seoul) formed a collaboration team called “Xijing Men” meaning people who come from Xijing. The team started a project which tells the story of a city-state somewhere in Asia that is not Beijing, Tokyo or Seoul where art-loving people reside. The story of Xijing can be interpreted as a story irradiating modern society, not just a story of a fictitious state removed from reality. Here, out of their works, we proudly present Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing- Xijing Olympics/ Xijing Winter Olympics, Chapter 4: I Love Xijing - The Daily Life of Xijing Presidents, and Chapter 5: Xijing is NOT Xijing; their latest work. Furthermore, out of the latest works created independently by each of these three artists of a generation living in the same age, we introduce works including installations which confront historic incidents and include philosophical considerations, project images, paintings and performances.

Related Projects

Artist Talks

Date/ time Friday, April 29
Session [1] Gimhongsok 13:00-14:30 *Consecutive interpretation (Hangul - Japanese)
Session [2] Ozawa Tsuyoshi 15:00~16:30 *In Japanese only
Venue Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission Free
Capacity First 90 arrivals to each session
*Numbers distributed in front of lecture hall from 10am on that day

Lecture & Discussion Hou Hanru x Gimhongsok x Ozawa Tsuyoshi

Lecture by Hou Hanru (Artistic Director of MAXXI, Rome, Italy) and discussion with Gimhongsok and Ozawa Tsuyoshi.

Date/ time Saturday, July 2 13:00-15:00 (Doors open 14:15)
Venue Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission Free
Capacity First 90 arrivals
*Consecutive interpretation (English – Japanese)
*Numbers distributed in front of lecture hall from 10am on that day
*No entries while session is progress except in emergencies

Workshop “Welcome to the Nation of Bags”

Become one of the “Bag People” who wear bags on their bodies, heads, and feet. Ordinary bags become hats and clothing, tunnels, treasures... What kind of story will emerge from this?

Date/ time Saturday July 23 Morning workshop 10:00-12:00 Afternoon workshop 14:00~16:00
Lecturer Ozawa Tsuyoshi
Venue Kids Studio, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For All ages, from children to adults
Participation Free
Application Please apply by telephone. 075-220-2801 (Curatorial office)
Applications begin Tuesday, July 5-
When to call 10:00-18:00 Tuesday to Sunday
Capacity First 20 arrivals to each workshop (doors will close when capacity reached)
*Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult able to participate in the workshop


  • Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Immigration

    Entrance Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Immigration Bureau 2012

    To enter the country of Xijing, one naturally must go through immigration. Xijing Men at the embassy provide disembarkation papers, items necessary for entry, and entry permit instructions. When we think of entering and exiting a country, we must by necessity consider the meaning of an invisible border and crossing that border.

  • Chapter 4: I Love Xijing—The Daily Life of Xijing Presidents

    Gallery 7 Chapter 4: I Love Xijing—Xijing’s President in Everyday Life 2009

    This artwork depicts each of the Xijing Men handling national policy as president during 14 days. To make Xijing a prosperous, fun nation, they employ unique methods of visualizing and solving problems related to education, urban design, economic, territory, and food.

  • Public Blank (Kanzawa version)
    2006 / 2016

    Gallery 8 Gimhongsok’s Room

    Gimhongsok observes one thing from two different vantage points and asks how the thing in question appears from different positions. Through art, he examines that difference. Gimhongsok is particularly interested in good approaches to translating culture. Public Blank (2006-2008) is a work expressing through text and drawings a new proposal for public art. Placing preconceptions of public art as “monumental propaganda” in contrast with the reality, the work refers to the individual, who is minimized in the name of “public.”

  • Ink Media

    Galleries 9-10 Chen Shaoxiong’s Room

    Chen Shaoxiong has selected photographs from the Internet of historical events occurring in the period 1909 to 2009 and created more than 150 ink paintings. Presented are Ink History, a work summarizing his nation’s history of modernization in a roughly 3-minute long motion picture, and Ink Media, a work showing how people have stood up to resist authoritarian power and violence around the world.

  • Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Olympics

    Gallery 11 Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Olympics 2008 / Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing—Xijing Winter Olympics 2014

    Having decided to take part in the Olympics as an independent nation, Xijing held its own Olympic Games during the 2008 Beijing Olympics, in another area of Beijing. Numerous world records were made and medals awarded in diving, soccer, table tennis, archery, weightlifting and so on. It became an occasion to think about the meaning and purpose of the fun, friendly competition that is part of the sports etymology.
    In 2014 they also held Xijing winter Olympics in Tokyo, while devising competition based on winter sports such as ice hockey, luge and curling.

  • Chapter 4: I Love Xijing
    —School in the Nation of Xijing


    Gallery 12 Chapter 4: I Love Xijing—School in the Nation of Xijing 2013

    Looking at education in Xijing, it appears like the complete opposite of the education systems and policies we find in actual society. In Xijing, hierarchies between teachers and students are discarded, and methods of studying and learning together are used for language, mathematics, philosophy, music, history, physical education, and science.

  • Ozawa Tsuyoshi
    The Return of Painter F

    Gallery 14 Ozawa Tsuyoshi’s Room

    Ozawa Tsuyoshi’s recent work, The Return of Painter F, is also a fictional story. Taking as its main character “Painter F,” a Japanese painter who was dispatched as a soldier to war in Indonesia, the work depicts the painter’s life from before the war to after, through oil paintings and video. The Return of Painter F evokes the unknown artists hidden by the walls of history, from both perspectives of the dominator and the dominated, through the life of a painter living in war time. Ozawa has based the work on documentation concerning an actual war painter and discussions with musicians and painters in Indonesia where he is thought to have stayed.


  • Chapter 3: Welcome to Xijing-Xijing Olympics 2008

    Xijing Men is a project-based collaborative team composed of three artists: OZAWA Tsuyoshi, CHEN Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok. Since 2007, they have been working to convey the story of Xijing, a fictional city somewhere in Asia, ever a series of five projects.

    Chen Shaoxiong
    Chen Shaoxiong was born in Shantou, China in 1962. His solo exhibitions include Prepared: Strategies for Activists (Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, 2012), Air-Dry History (Pékin Fine Arts, Hong Kong, 2013), CHEN SHAOXIONG: INK. HISTORY. MEDIA (Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, 2014). Recent group exhibitions include Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2014), Sights and Sounds: Global Film and Video (The Jewish Museum, New York, 2014), Making Histories (Kansas City Art Institute, 2015), and The Civil Power (Minsheng Art Museum, Beijing, 2015).

    Gimhongsok was born in Seoul, Korea in 1964. His solo exhibitions were shown at REDCAT (Los Angeles, 2004), Artsonje Center (Seoul, 2011), Plateau, Samsung Museum (Seoul, 2013). He has participated in group exhibitions such as the 50th and 51st Venice Biennales, the 10th Istanbul Biennale, the 4th, 6th and 9th Gwangju Biennales, Brave New Worlds (Walker Art Center, 2007), Laughing in a Foreign Languages (Hayward Gallery, 2008), and Your Bright Future (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2009).

    Ozawa Tsuyoshi
    Ozawa Tsuyoshi was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1965. His solo exhibitions include Answer with Yes and No! (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2004), The Invisible Runner Strides On (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima, 2009), The Return of Painter F (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2015). He has participated in group exhibitions such as the 50th Venice Biennales, The 5th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, 2006), Prospect 2 (The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, 2011).



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

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