Starting Points: Japanese Art of the ‘80s

2018.7.7 (Sat.) - 2018.10.21 (Sun.)

As a repercussion of the conceptual and stoic art of the 1970s, and in response to trends in Europe and the United States, Japan in the ’80s bore witness to movements that urged the reinstatement of the painting and sculpture media. What came to prevail as a result was “New Painting” characterized by vibrantly colorful and dynamic brushstrokes that reflected the flourishing economic circumstances of the times. In the ‘90s, art thrived on the energy of ’80s subcultures such as “otaku,” but as a consequence, ’80s art faded from art historical discourse. In recent years both in Japan and abroad, rapid progress has been made in research on Postwar Japanese art up until the 1970s including “Gutai” and “Mono-ha.” Hence, we now find ourselves compelled to examine Japanese art of the intervening decade— the ’80s. Looking back, over 30 years later, we will see that art forms and concepts fundamental to today’s art blossomed in the ’80s, such as the art installation, viewer participation in the artwork, valuing relationship with society, the concept of alternative space, media art, perspectives of relativizing the institution of "art,” and the sensitivity to find significance in mundanity and lightness. This exhibition reconsiders Japanese art of the 1980s through contemporary perspectives and introduces works that represent “Starting Points.”

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DeathLAB: Democratizing Death

2018.7.7 (Sat.) - 2019.3.24 (Sun.)

DeathLAB, founded by Karla Rothstein at Columbia University in 2013, is an interdisciplinary initiative exploring the space and social consequence of urban disposition and memorialization. Housed at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, DeathLAB’s cross-cutting research engages diverse academic fields, including architecture, environmental engineering, religious studies and sociology. We will introduce the lab’s ongoing work, which intertwines sacred space and civic life.

Constellation Park 2014
©LATENT Productions and Columbia GSAPP DeathLAB

Aperto 08 Nanakarage Ayano

2018.4.28 (Sat.) - 2018.9.24 (Mon.)

Taking as her theme the vastness of nature seen in mountains and forests, and the ephemerality of rainbows and mist, NANAKARAGE Ayano (1987-) meditates on such natural phenomena and, blending in her own interpretations and analogies, evokes its qualities in wood sculptures. Her “rainbows edge” series, featured in this exhibition, conjoins her own fabric-draped figure with the shapes of dried banana stems and other dried and withered plants. Her fusion of withered and gnarled plants with smooth drapery (a human figure) conveys a disquieting impression of old age melded with youth or some bizarre creature hidden under the fabric. At the same time, the works evoke the serenity of Buddhist or Shinto deity sculptures as well as the dread of having seen something forbidden. Vibrant living organisms age with time and grow dry and gnarled, and slowly change form. In such transformation, Nanakarage discovers a transcendent beauty. Her eye, as such, has the power to refresh our values as people of contemporary society conditioned to look away from deterioration and decay.

rainbows edgeI 2015
©NANAKARAGE Ayano

CULTURE CITY OF EAST ASIA 2018 KANAZAWA Cooperative Projects

Qiu Zhijie Living Writing

2018.9.8 (Sat.) - 2019.3.3 (Sun.)

Living Writing

Through writing, primarily using the Chinese traditional calligraphy he learned as a child, QIU Zhijie has continually inquired into universal, primordial human existence. Fujian Province, where he was born, was once a vital center for seaborne trade, rich in cultural exchange born from commerce and immigration. Qiu’s works with their dynamic, free perspective are deeply influenced by the culture of his home region. This exhibition examines the art and expressive power of Qiu Zhijie, who sees the world comprehensively and merges his own existence with representation of the relationships between people and things.

Propagator in the Darkness 2008
© QUI Zhijie

Culture City of East Asia 2018 Kanazawa

Altering Home

2018.9.15 (Sat.) - 2018.11.4 (Sun.)

Works of “home” theme by Japanese, Chinese and Korean contemporary artists
In our modern age, a “home” is structured as a social system. Although the architectural, physical “house” is easy to generalize, the meaning of “home,” which is entwined with emotions, customs and culture, is difficult to capture unless it is considered multilaterally. In particular, nowadays when mobilization has become permanent by means of globalization, can “houses” or “homes” be found anywhere – or possibly, nowhere? Based on this question, within some of the unused spaces of Kanazawa, contemporary artists from Japan, China and Korea will present their works on the theme of “home.”

Han Seok Hyun Super-Natural 2011/2016
Courtesy of the artist

Aperto 09 Nishimura Yu

2018.10.6 (Sat.) - 2019.3.24 (Sun.)

In the same painting, Nishimura Yu (1982-) complexly overlays different scenes or actions catching his eye—fragments of “fulfilling hours enjoyed in daily life”—and composes them in a landscape. The resulting blurry picture evokes a place seemingly far removed from reality and pulls the viewer into the depicted scene.

scenery passing (reflected in the window) 2017
© Yu Nishimura
Courtesy of KAYOKOYUKI

EVENT

Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day

Open Marubi 2018

2018.10.20 (Sat.)

On Kanazawa Citizens Free Art Day local Kanazawa residents can view the museum’s exhibitions at no charge. This year will see the museum opening up to the public even more than usual, with plus workshops, and special programs run by museum staff.
*To be eligible for free admission, visitors will need to present a form of personal identification such as a driver’s license.

Venue :
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa The entire museum
For More Information:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Phone: +81-76-220-2811

Open Marubi 2017: Morning and evening “curator guerrilla gallery talks” from the museum on Jan Fabre’s The Man Who Measures the Clouds

Eiga no gokui (The Art of Film) vol. 19

2018.10.6 (Sat.) - 2018.10.8 (Mon.)

”The Art of Film” series presents screenings of films chosen according to themes including politics, society, philosophy, life and death, consumer culture, the absurdities of the human condition, play, era and entertainment, and the aesthetics of film. This edition will showcase film and video works with diverse viewpoints and East Asian, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean connections.

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