150th Year Anniversary of Japan - Denmark Diplomatic Relations Exhibition

Everyday Life – Signs of Awareness

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

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.

Jurgen Lehl The End of Civilization

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

Designer Jurgen Lehl (1944-2014) lived at one with nature and continually reminded people of its preciousness. As his “last work” in life, he chose to engage with serious environmental problems, and he created beautiful lighting implements from plastic garbage washing up on beaches. In this way, the harmful plastic which cannot return to the soil instead illuminates spaces and once again serves people usefully. Along with Jurgen Lehl’s lighting implements, the exhibition also displays the “babaghuri” agates that Lehl long hunted and collected, fascinated by each stone’s unique beauty. “The End of Civilization” is a symbolic exhibition, imparting the message of respect for nature Jurgen Lehl left to us when he died suddenly in 2014.

Collection Exhibition 2 Undying Life

2017.7.22 (Sat.) - 2018.1.8 (Mon.)

Today, with the development scientific technologies such as artificial intelligence and biotechnology, long-standing social values are being vigorously shaken. This exhibition displays works concerned with the “migration” of life forms, ranging in spectrum from the transmigration of souls to the artificial creation of new species. We explore the meaning of creating new life forms and possibilities of living in “artificial nature.”

TSUBAKI Noboru Aesthetic Pollution
1990
© TSUBAKI Nabber
Installation view, Collection Exhibition “Invisible Reality” (2010-11)
Wall drawings: KIMURA Yuki, TATEGAMI Kotaro

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Sight

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

A project to develop “Sight,” a device that extends sensual perception, thereby transforming visual experience into something entirely new. (Project members: WAKE Naoki, SUZUKI Ryohei, FUSHIMI Ryohei and MUNAKATA Yuri.) By changing visual imagery into sound, the device enables us to “hear” the visual world just as porpoises and bats use sound to capture prey. We look at the project’s progress and open the venue as an ongoing research lab.

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KAWAGOE Yurie Insect Specimen of a Coward

2017.5.27 (Sat.) - 2017.9.24 (Sun.)

“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.”

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TO & FRO Thinner, Lighter

2017.11.18 (Sat.) - 2018.4.8 (Sun.)

Ishikawa prefecture, while a center for traditional textile production, also produces 40% of Japan’s nylon. Higher functionality is now being demanded of the domestic textile industry, which faces competition from inexpensive overseas products. The Kaji Group, an Ishikawa prefecture textile company, has used fine thread to create an unusually light and thin fabric, which it is providing to outdoor brands. This exhibition examines “TO & FRO,” a travel product giving play to the fabric’s features.

photo courtesy : Kaji Group co. ltd

IZUMI Taro Exhibition—Suddenly a Child

2017.10.7 (Sat.) - 2018.3.25 (Sun.)

Izumi Taro (1976 -) uses everyday matters and limited conditions to complexly reshape common perceptions. He gives visual form, in artworks, to absurd experiences lurking in everyday life. For this exhibition, Izumi will assemble a team (the “Very New Team”—an unstable entity which may or may not exist) and display artworks filled simultaneously with chaos and humor.

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photo: SUETSUGU Akari

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Eiga no gokui (Art of Film) vol. 18

2017.11.17 (Fri.) - 2017.11.19 (Sun.)

Eiga no gokui this time looks at film in contemporary art. In connection with the Collection 2 exhibition, precious films related to the museum’s collected artists will be screened, including the “CREMASTER” series by the world-renowned Matthew Barney.

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Phone: +81-76-220-2811 / Public Affairs Section

Matthew Barney, CREMASTER 3, 2002
© Matthew Barney
Courtesy: Barbara Gladstone

Kanazawa Fringe 2017

2017.11.2 (Thu.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

“Kanazawa Fringe” is a plurality of in-residence art projects by artists and creators from Japan and abroad who are creating new artworks in the context of their discoveries in Kanazawa. Spilling from the museum out into the city, they develop their projects in a circulatory spiral—first, “meeting” Kanazawa’s districts, people and issues from an art perspective, then making “proposal” of new approaches, initiating creative “action,” and inducing gentle “change.” The goal of all this, over the long term, will be to make Kanazawa a hub of creative activity. Projects are implemented in two-year cycles. On the basis of research conducted last year by project directors, in-residence production of new works will be publically shown in November 2017.

Participating creators:
Brian LOBEL (performer, director)
Sokerissa! (dance)
INADA Shunsuke (chef)
other

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Theater 21 and sites in Kanazawa

INADA Shunsuke, "KANAZAWA Mousou Restaurant TEI-EN" 2016
Photo: UEDA Yoko

Open Marubi 2017

2017.10.14 (Sat.)

In conjunction with the October “Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day” for fostering rich sensibilities through art enjoyment, we hold programs to involve the city’s residents in fun experiences at the museum. We invite you to discover the many charms of a participation-oriented art museum.

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Exhibition Zone, Public Zone, Plaza
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Phone: +81-76-220-2811 / Public Affairs Section

“Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day: Open Marubi 2016”
Patrick TUTTOFUOCO, Bycircle
photo: IKEDA Hiraku

Kanazawa Kyoka Week 2017

The Castle Tower

2017.10.8 (Sun.) - 2017.10.9 (Mon.)

Last year, Izumi Kyoka’s The Sea God’s Villa was performed to much acclaim at Kanazawa Noh Museum. This year, Noh actor YASUDA Noboru’s troupe will return to Kanazawa to perform in Theater 21. The play—The Castle Tower, an Izumi Kyoka play now marking its one hundredth anniversary. The performance will interweave storytelling, recitation, Kyogen, puppets, and dance on a foundation of Noh. (Premiere)
*A pre-event of the November “Kanazawa Kyoka Week 2017”

Venue :
Theater 21/ 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Phone: +81-76-220-2811 / Public Affairs Section

The Sea God’s Villa 2016, Camellia Hall photo: YASUDA Noboru