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
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.
《Too Many Fishes》 2013
Oil on canvas
©Ay Tjoe Christine, courtesy of Ota Fine Arts
Collection Exhibition 3
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
2017.11.18 (Sat.) - 2018.4.8 (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.