Rei Naito: Mirror Creation

2020.6.27(Sat.) - 2020.8.23(Sun.)



2020.6.27(Sat.) - 2020.8.23(Sun.)
10:00–18:00(until 20:00 Fridays and Saturdays)


21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Galleries 7–12, 14, Light Courts 2, 3


Mondays(open on May 4, August 10), May 7, August 11


65 and over=¥1,600(¥1,600)

*prices in parentheses for same-day tickets (availability limited)

Time slots
(1) 10:00–11:30 (2) 11:30–13:00 (3) 13:00–14:30 (4) 14:30–16:00
(5) 16:00–17:30 (6) 17:30–19:30 (Fridays and Saturdays only)
*Visitors may enter the exhibition anytime within their designated time slot, and are free to exit the exhibition anytime after entering.Re-entry is not permitted.

Purchasing reserved timed-entry tickets / Entering the exhibition
Reserved tickets will be available from 10:00 June 19.
Purchase reserved tickets at:
・ Select your desired admission time slot (date + time) and purchase a reserved ticket.
・ Show the QR code screen from your purchase or a printout of the page in order to enter to the exhibition.

*Purchasing tickets will be available online from 10:00 June 19th until 23:59 on the day before the exhibition viewing date.
*Japanese version only.

Please note
・ Reserved tickets cannot be used outside the specified admission time slot. Be sure to enter within the time period indicated on the ticket.
・ The number of reserved tickets sold for each time slot is limited (availability on a first come, first served basis).
・ Please be aware that there may be an queue at the start of each time slot.
・ A small number of same-day tickets will be available each day, however we highly recommend purchasing a reserved ticket ahead.
・ Purchased tickets cannot be refunded.
・ Please see the museum website for other details.

For More Information:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Stretches of earth extend in places where tiny people stand and water falls, swaying threads and ribbons spawn breezes, beads and glass invite the light inside. While engaging in a dialogue with space, Rei Naito combines natural elements with delicate motifs, and layers faint colors on canvas to evoke primordial scenes of life.
In this solo exhibition, Naito, an artist who has consistently endeavored to “transcend what people (I) make,” deals with “creation” for the first time. Naito suggests that this will be an act of becoming a person while acknowledging the fact that people are the main constituent in creation. This process involves moving back and forth between human beings and nature, you and I, life and death, inside and outside, and people and art as well as copying, reflecting, and altering these things. In developing a sense of unity with the anima and compassion that emerges from these mirrored images, a moment of creation arises as one attempts to face life.
The exhibition venue will consist of galleries of various sizes, light courts, and the spaces created by the corridors that connect them. In the daytime, natural light, varying according to the weather and time, will fill the spaces. After the evening, the works will be illuminated. There, visitors will find creations made by the artist, some very small, and each person’s perceptions will be freed by the sense of resonance with the act of human creation that they see and feel. Visitors can move back and forth between the corridors and the galleries, and in and outside of life. And as they repeatedly see and are seen, they are certain to grasp a vision of life.

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Artist Talk

*Application is closed because the number of participants has reached the limit.
With: Rei Naito, Atsuhiko Shima (Director, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa), Yukiko Yokoyama (Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Date/time: August 2, 2020 (Sun.) 14:00-15:00 (doors open 13:30)
Venue: Theater 21, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa 
Seats: 50 (First come, First served. Advanced application reguired.)
Admission: Free
*Sign language interpretation and written summary available
*Content subject to change


  • Rei Naito

    Born in Hiroshima in 1961; currently lives in Tokyo. Graduated from the Visual Communication Design Department at Musashino Art University. After receiving acclaim for une place sur la Terre, shown at the Sagacho Exhibit Space in 1991, Naito went on to show the work in the Japan Pavilion at the 47th Venice Biennale. Her major solo exhibitions include Migoto ni harete otozureru wo mate (The National Museum of Art, Osaka, 1995); Being Called (Galerie im Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt am Main, 1997); Tout animal est dans le monde comme de l’eau à l’intérieur de l’eau (The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura, Kanagawa, 2009); the emotion of belief (Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, 2014); émotions de croire (Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris, 2017); Two Lives (Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2017); and on this bright Earth I see you (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, 2018). Her permanent works include Being given (Kinza, Art House Project, Benesse Art Site Naoshima, 2001) and Matrix (Teshima Art Museum, 2010).

Exhibition catalogue

  • Rei Naito: Mirror Creation

    Texts: Rei Naito, Atsuhiko Shima, Futoshi Hoshino (Assistant Professor, Waseda University), Yukiko Yokoyama
    Photography: Naoya Hatakeyama Design: Toshimasa Kimura
    Publishers: HeHe Release date: September

    Regular edition 5,800 yen (excluding tax)
    Special edition 15,000 yen (excluding tax)

    Special edition
    ・Limited 100 copies
    ・Exhibition “Mirror Creation” with complimentary ticket (1 sheet)
    *Invitation tickets allow you to enter at any time without making a reservation in advance.
    *At the time of reservation, the publisher will give it to you at the shop ahead of this book or send it by mail.
    ・Cloth over Board (White/Gray) 2 types
    ・Embossed print of the cover title
    ・The drawing of Rei Naito is embossed on the first page.



Organized by:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa [Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation]

Grants from:

The Asahi Shimbun Foundation, The Mitsubishi UFJ Trust Cultural Foundation

Supported by:

Shiseido Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation, Window Research Institute

In co-operation with:
Taka Ishii Gallery