Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations 150th Anniversary Exhibition

Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness

2017.8.5 (Sat.) -
2017.11.5 (Sun.)


Period :
2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Venue :
Galleries / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Galleries 7-12, 14, Courtyard
Mondays (Open on Aug 14, Sep 18, Oct 9, Oct 30), and Sep 19 (Tue.), Oct 10 (Tue.)
Adult: ¥1,000 (¥800)
University: ¥800 (¥600)
Elem/ JH/ HS: ¥400 (¥300)
65 and over: ¥800
*( ) indicate advance ticket and group rates (20 or more).
※This exhibition ticket is a common ticket for [Jurgen Lehl The End of Civilization]. This ticket allows entry to [Collection2] until 5 November.
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

Denmark and Japan have become design-oriented nations, each following a path that springs f rom a unique background of history and culture. The countries’ excellent design solutions, inspired by a functional, practical, yet aesthetic approach, are reflections of their cultural identities.
Denmark has attracted tremendous attention as one of the most resilient design giants in the fields of architecture, furniture and everyday products
since the 1930s. The country established a model for wealthy nations with a highly developed social system with regard to welfare, education and traffic solutions. Japan, on the other hand, is a country which has developed the symbolic design of the time, based on its unique culture and philosophy. The technical expertise required to produce simple and compact shapes and the knowledge and experience to make the most of the material, with a craftsmanship passed down from generation to generation, demonstrate Japan’ s unique position in the global design arena.
This exhibition, Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness, showcases the impact of design-minded awareness through the works of designers, architects and artists
from Japan and Denmark. It also presents and highlights everyday items that are part of modern life in both countries.

Related Events

The series of talks will cover an interdisciplinary selection of topics across the fields of design, education, medical care and urban planning with a view to deepening the understanding of the exhibition.

Capacity: The first 80 persons will be admitted. *Reservations are not required.
Admission: Free admission
Venue: Lecture Hall, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
*Please note that it will not be possible to leave during the talk, except in case of emergencies.

VOL. 1
Hara Kenya (director, Nippon Design Center)
“Sophistication of the frontier - simplicity of Japan and Denmark” In Japanese only.
Date/time: 8/5 (sat) 10:30-12:00 doors open at 10:15

VOL. 2
Louise Campbell(designer)
“In search of a suitable pace- the challenges of being a walker in a time of runners”
Date/time: 8/5 (sat) 13:30-15:00 doors open at 13:00

VOL. 3
Kuribayashi-Shigetomi Kaori (Hokkaido University, Nitobe School)
“Folding Cells? -Applications in a medical field of origami-”In Japanese only.
Date/time: 9/15 (fri) 18:30-20:00 doors open at 18:00

VOL. 4
Omoto Aya (creative process designer, Laere Inc.)
“Future of Danish and Japanese design education” In Japanese only.
Date/time: 9/16 (sat) 13:00-14:30 doors open at 12:30

VOL. 5
Christian Holmsted Olesen (head of Exhibitions and Collections, Designmuseum Denmark)
“Danish Design – an international idiom”
Date/time: 9/22 (fri) 18:30-20:00 doors open at 18:00

VOL. 6
David Sim (creative director, Gehl)
“Making Cities for People”
Date/time: 10/6 (fri) 18:30-20:00 doors open at 18:00
VOL. 1
Henrik Vibskov (artist)

VOL. 2
Rosa Tolnov Clausen (artist)

*Details will be available on the museum website.

Selected exhibitors

benandsebastian, Kay Bojesen, Louise Campbell, Rosa Tolnov Clausen, Nanna Ditzel, Olafur Eliasson, Søren Engsted, Hara Kenya, Poul Kjærholm, Erik Magnussen, Børge Mogensen, Anne Fabricius Møller, Nagaoka Kenmei+D&DEPARTMENT, Margrethe Odgaard, Oh Haji, Pernille Pontoppidan Pedersen, Sambuichi Hiroshi, Kuribayashi-Shigetomi Kaori, SUPERFLEX, Suzuki Shunji+Kanazawa Institute of Technology, TORAFU ARCHITECTS, Tora Urup, Henrik Vibskov


Kurosawa Hiromi
Chief Curator of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Cecilie Manz
Born in 1972, lives and works in Copenhagen. After graduating from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Cecilie attended the University of Art and Design in Helsinki as an exchange student. She has participated in many group and solo exhibitions at venues such as the MDS-G Miyake Design Studio Gallery (Tokyo), Danish Design Center Copenhagen, the 3rd Design for Architecture Symposium exhibition at Alvar Aalto Academy (Finland) no comma and Maison du Danemark (Paris).


Organized by:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)
Supported by:
The Ministry of Culture Denmark / The Committee for Craft and Design, Project Funding, Danish Arts Foundation / Royal Danish Embassy / Hokkoku Shimbun Company
Grants from:
The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
International patrons:
Kvadrat / Louis Poulsen / Maersk Line / Scan Global Logistics /Actus Co., Ltd. / Nissin Furniture Crafters Co., Ltd. 
Sponsored by:
Bang & Olufsen Japan / Ohizumibussan / Kimura Glass
In cooperation with:
Fukumitsuya Sake Brewery / Scandinavian Airlines / NIHON HOUSE HOLDINGS CO., LTD. / Andersen Co., Ltd. / Forest Maintenance Section, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department, Kanazawa City / Kanazawa Institute of Technology / Gehl / Kajima Institute Publishing Co., Ltd. / Aomori City Board of Education / 51 % / LIXIL Corporation / Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd./DUNE CO.,LTD