Collection Exhibition Adventure in “Seeing”

2018.1.27 (Sat.) - 2018.6.24 (Sun.)

Seeing is something most of us take for granted. Yet, to consciously see is surprisingly difficult, and as a result, we tend to miss much of what there is to see.
An art museum is a place for “seeing,” “admiring,” and “thinking about” artworks. To the visitors to this exhibition, whether they normally enjoy viewing artworks or find it difficult, we would like to say, “First of all, begin by seeing well.” The exhibition “Adventures in ‘Seeing’” starts there.
Open yourself to the artwork a little more than usual. Stand and view it 10 seconds longer than usual. After viewing it thoroughly, relax and view it a little more. Doing so, you will begin to see details you had not noticed, and your imagination will have time to come into play. Discoveries, surprises, and new feelings will come to you in an experience really no different from an adventure story.
Please look actively at the artworks and unfold your very own adventure story.
(YAMASHITA Juri, exhibition curator)

Local Textile 1

TO & FRO Thinner, Lighter

2017.11.18 (Sat.) - 2018.6.24 (Sun.)

Part 1 the “Local Textile” series features TO & FRO, a travel gear brand of the Kaji Group based in Kanazawa and Kahoku. The brand’s name evokes an image of traveling lightly and comfortably “to and fro.” The Kaji Group, possessing advanced technology for weaving extremely thin thread, is producing fabric of unusually light nylon. The nylon fabric is currently used in products by outdoor brands around the world. TO & FRO is the Kaji Group’s own brand of travel organizers and other products created using this fabric. The travel organizers are displayed in this exhibition along with a wide range of fabric samples. Ishikawa prefecture, as a textile producer, has also developed a loom manufacturing industry. Although textile production tends to rely on division of labor, the Kaji Group possesses its own plant for customizing looms. Innovative production at the plant has enabled thread tensioning conducive of weaving with the thinnest, most easily breakable threads. High functionality is a powerful competitive edge over inexpensive mass-produced imported products and an important strategy for the future of Japan’s textile industry.

Aperto 08 Nanakarage Ayano

2018.4.28 (Sat.) - 2018.9.24 (Mon.)

Nanakarage Ayano (1987-) crafts wood sculptures using motifs found in the shapes of withered branches, shriveled banana stems, and dried plants. Nanakarage’s works, inspired by her meditation on natural phenomena such as rainbows and mist, and the time lived by plants and animals in forests, mountains, and the sea, evoke complex emotions in viewers concerning life, beauty, and ugliness.

rainbows edgeI 2015

Ay Tjoe Christine : Spirituality and Allegory

2018.4.28 (Sat.) - 2018.8.19 (Sun.)

A contemporary Indonesian artist’s first solo exhibition at the museum in Japan
Ay Tjoe Christine brings deep insight into human imperfections and duality to artworks sourced in Christian narratives and spiritual themes. Her abstract images, blending in beautiful harmony with the canvas’ negative space reveal, recall religious iconography, but even more, they convey her earnest search into relationships between humans and all things.


La leçon d’élégance par Françoise Moréchand Analyse de l’époque vol. 27

Saint Laurent and Paris’s “Rive Gauche” part 2

2018.5.27 (Sun.)

A series of talks by 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa advisor Françoise Moréchand. Expect some wide-ranging, quick-witted commentary on art, fashion and modern society as Moréchand incisively dissects the times in which we live.

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

Photo: Ikeda Hiraku

ARTS PLANET 2018 Kodomo∞Discovery!

2018.5.3 (Thu.) - 2018.5.5 (Sat.)

A family event in which the whole of the museum will be transformed into a fun “ARTS PLANET” offering a great range of child-focused events and workshops. This year’s theme is “Kodomo∞Discovery!” Don’t miss this chance to open up mind and body to the limitless possibilities of the arts.

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

Photo: Ikeda Hiraku