2006.11.23 (Thu.) - 2007.3.21 (Wed.)
"Real Utopia - Stories of the Unlimited" is an exhibition which perceive patterns of human's perception of the world and the world itself as mixture of axis of multiple times and spaces, and it explores such images through artworks by Lee Bul, Yayoi Kusama, Sayako Kishimoto, and Taiyo Kimura. Lee's cyborg or monster images revolve around human's relation to the nature and the boarder of the reality and human's creations over times. Live and death, self and the world, Kusama explores such relations through endless creation of artworks. Kishimoto, through her performance and painting, pursued the significance of the individual existence and art expression in society by her own theory of social criticism. Artworks of Kimura's, which delineate unique humors and sarcasm, show particular ways of perception of the reality. These artworks show diversity of human's perception of the reality and its complicate relations to the collective and society, and indicate landscapes of human's quest for the existence in their own roots, their utopian places, living at the present moment. These pursuit, in other words, are to consider how they place themselves at the present, traveling around various time-space.
Hatarake Hatarake ( Work Work ), 2005
Collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2006.9.30 (Sat.) - 2007.3.21 (Wed.)
Yoshitomo Nara: Moonlight Serenade overviews the whole process of Nara's creativity and perception of the world. It introduces the new projects such as; the new installation Voyage of the Moon in close collaboration with a creative unit graf; the extra large staffed animal production project “Pup Up the Dog”; and “Pup Patrol” that schoolchildren in dog costumes designed by Nara make explorations of the museum. Furthermore, in “Studio Cafe yngm:k”, graf creates “hut”-like wooden space, where they run a cafe. The next to the cafe becomes the studio for Nara's residency-production. Through theses devices as platforms, this exhibition creates the poetic space-time, bringing variety of artistic activities such as music and performances along with exhibiting new sculpture and paintings.
NARA Yoshitomo + graf
Voyage of the Moon (Resting Moon) / Voyage of the Moon, 2006
Collection: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
© NARA Yoshitomo + graf
Photo: NAKAMICHI Atsushi / Nacása & Partners
2006.9.16 (Sat.) - 2006.11.12 (Sun.)
From scrub brushes, eyeglasses, interior design, wheelchairs, computers, and robots to a household nuclear power generation device and an artificial heart—the works of KAWASAKI Kazuo run the gamut. This is a large-scale solo exhibition devoted to Kawasaki, a designer who is ever pursuing new horizons. The exhibition’s keywords—“life, feeling, form.” Active at the cutting edge of technology, Kawasaki claims that “in the 21st century, design will change Japan and save the world.” He also insists on the value of “designing by hand.” His creations will be presented in hands-on displays utilizing video and music. Above all, do not miss PLATON’S ORGEL, an installation of twelve objects featuring fragments of Beatles tunes.
2006.9.1 (Fri.) - 2007.4.12 (Thu.)
Artworks from the Museum collection are introduced. Particularly, works that respond to the change or conversion in the social value system elaboratingvarious perspectives are exhibited. This examines intricate relationshipsbetween human expressions and the society.
eft: Tony CRAGG, One Way or Another, 2001
right: Tony CRAGG, My Own, 2001