2020 Inaugural Program [Autumn/Winter]Tsuyoshi Ozawa
All Return: “Come back in a hundred years’ time. After a hundred years you’ll understand.”
The Return of S.T.(detail), 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
The Return of K.T.O.(detail), 2017 Photo: Sizune Shiigi
The Return of J.L.(detail), 2016
The Return of Painter F(detail), 2015, Collection of Mori Art Museum Photo: Shizune Shiigi
The Return of Dr.N (production process), 2013
The internationally recognized contemporary artist Ozawa Tsuyoshi is known for numerous series of works, including Jizoing, in which Ozawa took photographs of handmade jizo (a guardian deity associated with travelers and children) in a variety of landscapes, and Museum of Soy Sauce Art, in which he used soy sauce to reproduce various masterpieces from Japanese art history. In recent years, Ozawa has undertaken The Return of… series, featuring globally active modern and contemporary figures. The works, comprised of paintings, videos, and music, contain a mixture of fact and fiction.
In this series, Ozawa has focused on Noguchi Hideyo, Foujita Tsuguharu, and Okakura Kakuzo (Tenshin) among others. He researched his subjects by traveling to the places they visited, including Ghana, Indonesia, and India, and then created collaborative works with local artists. For this exhibition, Ozawa’s first large-scale solo show in the Tohoku region, the artist conceived of a new work in the series, which deals with S.T., a modern-day figure associated with Hirosaki. Along with this new piece, for which Ozawa enlisted the cooperation of Iranian sign artisans and musicians, the exhibition includes all five works in the series in a reconfigured form. By shedding light on largely unknown aspects of eminent historical figures, The Return of… series presents a comprehensive overview, which transcends cultural differences and space and time, encouraging us to reflect on the times we live in.
Held at the Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art, a facility that has been rejuvenated and “returned” as a museum some 100 years after it was built, the exhibition provides us with an opportunity to reconsider history and where we might be headed in the future. In addition, as we deal with various restrictions in movement and social interaction related to the outbreak of the coronavirus, we are inspired to think about the potential of cooperative undertakings and the state of communication as well as the form of artworks, and the links between people and the local area.
Guest Curator: MIKI Akiko
Born 1965 in Tokyo. Lives and works in Saitama. Ozawa Tsuyoshi produces works that keenly and humorously critique history and society in various media including painting, photography, video, installations, and workshops, and has earned high acclaim in Japan and overseas. He is the recipient of the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts (2019).
”Tsuyoshi Ozawa All Return: “Come back in a hundred years’ time. After a hundred years you’ll understand.”” Booklet
Date of Issue(scheduled): 2020.12
Pre-oder of the booklet is available at museum shop HIROSAKI MOCA and online shop
- Date: 2020.10.10 (SAT) ― 3.21 (SUN)
Closed Tuesdays (except on the national holidays Nov. 3, 2020 and Feb. 23, 2021) and from Sat. Dec. 26, 2020 to Fri. Jan. 1, 2021.
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Organized by Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
Special Sponsor: Starts Corporation Inc.
Sponsor: NTT FACILITIES, INC.
Supported by The To-o Nippo Press, THE MUTSU SHIMPO Press, Aomori Broadcasting Corporation, Aomori Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Asahi Broadcasting Aomori Co., Ltd., Aomori Fm
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- 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