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Special Exhibition

NAWA Kohei "Foam"

2019.4.27 (Sat.) -
2019.8.25 (Sun.)


Period :
2019.4.27 (Sat.) - 2019.8.25 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Gallery 13
Mondays (Open on Apr 29, May 6, Jul 15, Aug 12), May 7 (Tue.), Jul 16(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

NAWA Kohei will display Foam, an installation employing foam and light. Foam—tiny bubbles appearing in succession and coalescing in a mass. Nawa expresses foam’s power to autonomously create an organic structure. The individual bubbles, which are born and die in a process resembling the cellular processes of metabolism and circulation, awaken in viewers associations with the source of life.


photo: OMOTE Nobutada | SANDWICH

NAWA Kohei

Artist/Director of SANDWICH Inc./Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design
Born in 1975. Currently based in Kyoto. He graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts with a Ph.D. in Fine Art Sculpture in 2003. He established “SANDWICH,” a creative platform for production in 2009. He explores the potentiality of sculpture, working with beads, polyurethane foam, silicone oil, and a wide range of other technologies and materials, through his original concept “PixCell.” Nawa's recent projects extend this exploration to architecture and performance, to create both space and art.

Artist Statement

installation view, “FUKAMI –une plongée dans l’esthétique japonaise”,
Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris, France, 2018
soundscape: HARA Marihiko
photo: OMOTE Nobutada | SANDWICH
©️NAWA Kohei

In Foam, small cells bubble up ceaselessly with the slight oscillations of a liquid and gather together, covering the liquid as they spontaneously form an organically structured conglomeration of cells. As the risen volumes of foam link together and reach saturation, they continue to swell, occasionally losing vitality and spreading out over the ground. 

NAWA Kohei


Organized by:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)
Grants from:
Japan Arts Council
In Cooperation with: