IKEDA Manabu: The Pen ーCondensed Universeー

2017.4.8 (Sat.) - 2017.7.9 (Sun.)

Artist IKEDA Manabu (1973–) depicts a monumental world using a super-fine pen point. Working slowly—he can complete only a fist-sized area in a single day— Ikeda manifests a surreal alien world, employing minute delineation and a flair for grand composition. His massive pictures have won him acclaim around the globe. This will be the first large-scale exhibition presenting the entire scope of Ikeda’s production. His Rebirth, a new work he spent three years creating during an artist residency at Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin USA, is a must see.

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Collection 1 PLAY / AWAZU Kiyoshi, Makurihirogeru (EXPOSE) 4Makurihirogeru 4

2017.4.29 (Sat.) - 2017.7.23 (Sun.)

The meaning of PLAY is not limited to ‘activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation.’ It is also a word that expresses active and aggressive acts in our daily life including ‘acting, performing, having a game, behaving and conducting oneself.’ Viewed in that light, our daily life is a succession of PLAY, which might be said to construct one’s personal life and in a broader sense, the culture of human beings.
In this exhibition, works by 12 collection artists are introduced focusing on the keyword of PLAY with manifold meanings. They show diverse expansion from works which encourage new discoveries and ideas through viewers’ experiences, to works in which the accumulation of artists’ daily acts and thinking as well as performance and competition are incorporated. We would like to think about how PLAY that is an essential function of humankind appears in the works and what kind of relationship viewers and artworks can develop through the exhibition. We hope that this exhibition itself will inspire viewers to get involved in various PLAYs.
Featured also is a small special exhibit of AWAZU Kiyoshi photographic works.

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OTON GLASS

2017.4.8 (Sat.) - 2017.7.23 (Sun.)

The development of the OTON GLASS was occasioned by the project leader’s father’s dyslexia. A device combining glasses with a camera, the OTON GLASS helps people read by changing visual written information into aural voice information. This exhibition follows the development of the OTON GLASS as an aid not only for dyslexia sufferers but also for people in many circumstances where reading characters is difficult, such as travelers walking in cities overseas. In the venue, a space will be established for wearing an OTON GLASS prototype and actually experiencing its functions, so as to make clear the developers’ methods of research toward achieving practical use. Visitors are invited to see the “research site” of a young start-up that is fusing existing technologies to develop a revolutionary new device.

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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.”

Japan-Denmark Diplomatic Relations 150th Anniversary Exhibition

Everyday Life – Sign of Awareness

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

Japan and Denmark have at times deeply influenced one another as they have developed, owing to historical and cultural factors. Both nations are acclaimed for their design traditions fusing beauty and utility, and both take design excellence as their cultural identity and as a reflection of their singular aesthetics. This exhibition looks at design in Japan and Denmark in the context of people’s everyday lives. Retracing the sources of the two nations’ contemporary design trends, we look at how designers are exploring new possibilities for the future.

This exhibition will be held under a grant from the Denmark Staten Kundsfund as an event celebrating the 150th anniversary of Japan-Denmark diplomatic relations.

Børge Mogensen, J39
1947
Photo: Fredericia Furniture

Jurgen Lehl

2017.8.5 (Sat.) - 2017.11.5 (Sun.)

Designer Jurgen Lehl lived closely with nature and continually reminded people of its precious value. As his “last work,” Lehl chose to attack serious environmental problems, and he created beautiful lamps using the plastic garbage washed up on beaches. Plastic, which does not decompose, attained a splendorous new utility in Lehl’s hands. Jurgen Lehl, who died suddenly in 2014, showed us what it means to live with respect for nature.

Simultaneous with the Exhibition "Everyday Life – Sign of Awareness"

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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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Undead 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

EVENT

Open Call Support Projects

Hyakkeisya "Night on the Galactic Railroad"

2017.6.30 (Fri.) - 2017.7.2 (Sun.)

A troupe formed in 2000 that extends performances beyond the theater space. Currently operates a studio in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki prefecture. In 2016, Hyakkeisya held a solo stage play in Kanazawa: Run, Melos!

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