2020 Inaugural Program [Spring/Summer]Thank You Memory:
From Cidre to Contemporary Art
YIN Xiuzhen, Portable City : Hirosaki, 2020, Collection of the Artist
©Yin Xiuzhen Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
Jean-Michel OTHONIEL, The Apple of Hirosaki, 2020
©Jean-Michel Othoniel / ADAGP Paris 2020 Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin
SASAMOTO Aki, Spirits Cubed, 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
©Aki Sasamoto Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
NARA Yoshitomo, A to Z Memorial Dog, 2007, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
©Yoshitomo Nara Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
HATAKEYAMA Naoya x HATTORI Kazunari, Thank You Memory, 2020
Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
FUJII Hikaru, ARCHITECTURE Two Thousand Twenty, 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
Navin RAWANCHAIKUL (Navin Production), A Letter to Inocchi, 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
HAN Ishu, Where my art was born, 2020, Collection of the Artist
©︎Ishu Han Photo: Naoya Hatakeyama
The Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art will be housed in the Brick Warehouse, a piece of modern industrial heritage and iconic landmark of Hirosaki City constructed in the late 19th and early 20th century. Its buildings are being renovated, and will open as a new center for the arts. It was built as a brewery, the first in Japan to produce cidre on a large scale, and for many years was a familiar part of the Hirosaki cityscape.
The word “museum” is derived from the name of a temple dedicated to the goddesses of arts and science who are the daughters of the goddess of memory in ancient Greece. In other words, memory and arts are inseparable, and the museum is a memory device through which past and present are connected to the future.
The inaugural program will focus on the site’s and the building’s “memory,” which will be resurrected from the past from the unique perspectives of eight contemporary artists, and will showcase the Brick Warehouse’s dynamic spaces. The exhibition will consist primarily of new site-specific works, including those documenting the renovation and those created with the cooperation of local people. Also on view will be Nara Yoshitomo’s A to Z Memorial Dog, produced to commemorate the YOSHITOMO NARA + graf A to Z exhibition (2006) that helped provide impetus for the Brick Warehouse’s conversion to an art museum.
Our hope is that this exhibition will enable the memory of this site to be preserved and passed on to the future, and that the activation of the “memory device” of the museum and the gathering of artists and residents from far and wide will serve to generate memories for future generations.
Guest Curator : MIKI Akiko
Born 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. Fujii’s works are based on historical events and present structural critiques of unseen zones of society. He has earned international accolades for wizardry with the moving image that enables silent things to speak eloquently. He will present a video installation documenting the process of renovating the Brick Warehouse.
Born 1958 in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo. Since his debut as a photographer, Hatakeyama has consistently produced works that focus on the trilateral relationship among nature, city, and the medium of photography. His tranquil photographs, based on profound thought and intensive research, seem to connect on some level to linguistic modes of expression such as literature and philosophy. He is scheduled to exhibit works portraying the process of renovating the Brick Warehouse.
Born 1959 in Hirosaki, Japan. Since the mid-1990s he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries in Europe, the United States, Japan, and Asia. His practice encompasses portraiture in which the subjects appear to stare back at the viewer; loosely drawn works on paper; sculptures made of wood, FRP, ceramic, bronze; and multi-media installations that completely redefine the gallery space. The museum is scheduled to exhibit his recent photographs documenting the daily creation of his works, as well as various encounters during his travels.
Photo: Philippe Chancel
Born 1964 in Saint-Etienne, France. Lives and works in Paris. Since the early 1990s, Othoniel has been employing reversible materials in his work while focusing on processes such as transformation, sublimation, and mutation. He is globally recognized for many large sculptures made with Murano glass that harmonize with their surrounding environments, and is currently planning sculptures for this site, potentially including works inspired by apples.
Born 1971 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Lives and works in Chiang Mai and Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. Rawanchaikul’s issues of identity as a Thai of Indian descent have led him to create projects and works that are rooted in communities. He derives joy in life from interaction with others and expresses the diversity inherent in community through paintings and video works. He is in the planning stages of large-scale paintings and video work based on interviews with Hirosaki residents.
Photo: Kazuko Fukunaga
Born 1980 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Lives and works in New York. Sasamoto produces sculptures and installations, notably works that involve sculpturally segmenting spaces in which she performs dances, and improvisational performances utilizing words and objects. Here she is planning to create an installation that combines old furnishings and materials remaining in the Brick Warehouse, and stage a performance that harnesses the power of the space.
Born 1963 in Beijing, China. Lives and works in Beijing. Using materials such as old clothing and second-hand goods, Yin creates three-dimensional works that draw on the sort of personal memories that vanish in the course of modernization and urbanization. In 2010, she was the first Chinese female artist to hold a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is planning a project employing used clothing donated by Hirosaki residents.
HAN Ishu (First “Hirosaki Exchange” invited artist)
Born 1987 in Shanghai, China. Lives and works in Tokyo. Han’s work deals with questions and conundrums arising from the relation of society and the individual, using his own body and everyday objects and employing various media including video, installation, photography, and painting, with sincerity and a humorous edge. Han, who lived in Hirosaki until graduating from high school, will re-exhibit his first work shown in Hirosaki and exhibit key subsequent works.
- Date: 2020.6.1 (MON) ― 9.22 (TUE)
Organized by Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
Special Sponsors: Starts Corporation Inc., OBAYASHI CORPORATION
Sponsors: Apple Communications Co., Ltd., NTT FACILITIES, INC., Yamato Printing Co., Ltd.
Supported by The To-o Nippo Press, THE MUTSU SHIMPO Press, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Aomori Broadcasting Corporation, Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Japan Broadcasting Corporation Aomori Branch, FM APPLE WAVE, Hirosaki City Board of Education
- Admission (tax included):
Adults 1,300yen (1,200yen)
University & College Students 1,000yen (900yen) *() Price for a group over 20 people
*Free of charge for high school students and under; international students in Hirosaki city; citizens of Hirosaki over 65; the disabled and one accompanying attendant