Aperto 08

Nanakarage Ayano

2018.4.28(Sat.) - 2018.9.24(Mon.)



2018.4.28(Sat.) - 2018.9.24(Mon.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)


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


Mondays (Open on Apr 30, Jul 16, Aug 13, Sep 17, Sep 24), and Jul 17 (Tue.), Sep 18 (Tue.)



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Taking as her theme the vastness of nature seen in mountains and forests, and the ephemerality of rainbows and mist, NANAKARAGE Ayano (1987-) meditates on such natural phenomena and, blending in her own interpretations and analogies, evokes its qualities in wood sculptures. Her “rainbows edge” series, featured in this exhibition, conjoins her own fabric-draped figure with the shapes of dried banana stems and other dried and withered plants. Her fusion of withered and gnarled plants with smooth drapery (a human figure) conveys a disquieting impression of old age melded with youth or some bizarre creature hidden under the fabric. At the same time, the works evoke the serenity of Buddhist or Shinto deity sculptures as well as the dread of having seen something forbidden. Vibrant living organisms age with time and grow dry and gnarled, and slowly change form. In such transformation, Nanakarage discovers a transcendent beauty. Her eye, as such, has the power to refresh our values as people of contemporary society conditioned to look away from deterioration and decay.

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Artist Talk “Aperto 08—NANAKARAGE Ayano”

The artist will appear with her works to discuss them and her production methods.
Date/time: Saturday, April 28, 2018 18:00-19:00
Venue: Long-term Project Room, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Admission: Free

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.”

About the Artist


    Born in Kagoshima, Japan in 1987, Nanakarage obtained her MFA in sculpture at Hiroshima City University in 2011. She currently lives and works in Hiroshima. Her major exhibitions include “BankART Life V Under 35 / 2017” (BankART NYK Studio, Yokohama), “Shiseido art egg vol.10 Ayano Nanakarage” (Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo / 2016), “Tsushima Art Fantasia 2016” (Disused Hisada Elementary School, Tsushima, Nagasaki / 2016), and “Children see, children do.” (Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima). Her major awards include the Tokyo Midtown Award 2017, Runner-up Prize (2017), Shiseido Art Egg 10, First Prize (2016), and Tokyo Wonder Wall (2014).



Organized by:

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