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Aperto 07

KAWAGOE Yurie Insect Specimen of a Coward

2017.5.27 (Sat.) -
2017.9.24 (Sun.)


Period :
2017.5.27 (Sat.) - 2017.9.24 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Long - Term Project Room
Mondays (Open on Jul 17, Aug 14, Sep 18), and Jul 18 (Tue.), Sep 19 (Tue.)
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

About the Exhibition

“What if human emotions were expressed as insects?” Compelled by this thought, KAWAGOE Yurie (1987-) embodies the heart’s sentiments in imaginary insect figures and evokes a world of illusion. Her “insectified” (not “personified”) motifs she moreover arrays as insect specimens, thereby giving faces to our foolish, loveable emotions. Through her signature piece, “Insect Specimen of a Coward” and latest works, this exhibition will present Kawagoe Yurie’s world and the insect-like emotions she describes as “adorable.”

Related Events

Talk event Tsuzuki Kyoichi x Kawagoe Yurie
Date / Time : June 3, 2017
16:00 – 17:30 Talk event
18:00 – 19:30 After party
Venue: Project Room, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

About the “Aperto” Series

The exhibition series “Aperto” introduces up-and-coming young artists in a solo exhibition format. As an art museum actively engaged with the contemporary world, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa looks closely at new trends now in the process of forming. Artists and curators collaborate in creating occasions for exhibiting works and act as an intermediary between today’s creation and that of the future. This exhibition series looks at individual artists who, although having little experience with solo or important group exhibitions at art museums, possess sufficient creative motivation to command a solo exhibition and who are expected to make a significant impact in the future. Artists are selected without regard for their nationality or expressive media by the curator at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Note: “Aperto” is Italian for “open.”

Artist Statement

eclosion and dew 2014
collection of Asahi Printing Co.Ltd

In my work, I evoke the varied emotions and weaknesses inhabiting the human heart by presenting them in the form of insects.
Human emotions and weaknesses are like insects. Jealousy and loneliness always come along, seemingly out of nowhere, and take abode in the heart like a parasite. Before one realizes it, the jealousy or loneliness has multiplied and commenced eating and manipulating one’s heart from the inside out. Even an emotion normally staying deep in the heart will, at some moment, appear on the surface—as if emerging from a pupa—and spread its wings.
On the other hand, when we observe particular emotions and weaknesses from different angles and try touching them, we start to notice how interesting and attractive each one is. Even varieties of emotion that people see as negative or unhealthy reveal aspects of charm on closer observation. I find them adorable, these emotions and weaknesses that sometimes peep out and show their faces.
Kawagoe Yurie

Artist Profile

Kawagoe Yurie

1987 Born in Toyama, Japan
2013        Master.Graduate School of Art and Design, University of Toyama
    Selected Solo Exhibition
2017 ARTBOX152 Nishida Museum, Toyama
2015 Gallery Art Point, Tokyo
    Gallery Taigado, Kyoto
2014        Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
2013 Gllery Venere, Takaoka
2012        Ginza Surugadai Gallery, Tokyo
    Selected Competitive Exhibition
2015        "The 89th Kokuten Exhibition"(exemption of examination)  The National Art Center, Tokyo
2014 "Japanese Painting 2014"  Nagai Art Gallary, Tokyo
2012 "Japanese Painting 2012"  Nagai Art Gallary, Tokyo
    Selected Award
2014 Honorable Mention Award of "Japanese Painting 2014" (Nagai Art Gallary organized)
                   Asahi Printing Award of Art Fair Toyama 2014
    New Face Award of "The 88th Kokuten Exhibition"
2013 Kyoichi Tsuzuki Award of "Geibun 4" , University of Toyama, Graduate Exhibition
2011 Taro Igarashi Award of "Geibun 2" , University of Toyama, Graduate Exhibition
    Incentive Award of "The 85th Kokuten Exhibition"
    Selected Shell Art Award 2011


    dying of coward 2015
    collection of Asahi Printing Co.Ltd

    specimen of jealousy 2015
    collection of the Artist

    an observation set of eclosion(lunacy) 2016
    collection of the Artist


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