2020 Inaugural Program [Autumn/Winter]Tsuyoshi Ozawa
All Return: “Come back in a hundred years’ time. After a hundred years you’ll understand.”

2020.10.10(SAT) ― 2021.3.21(SUN)
  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of S.T., 2020, installation viewPhoto: Tomoyuki Kusunose

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of S.T., 2020, installation view
    Photo: Tomoyuki Kusunose

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of J.L., 2016, installation viewPhoto: Tomoyuki Kusunose

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of J.L., 2016, installation view
    Photo: Tomoyuki Kusunose

  • Roundtable Meeting Room: the Returnees and the 100 Years

    Roundtable Meeting Room: the Returnees and the 100 Years

  • Roundtable Meeting Room: the Returnees and the 100 Years

    Roundtable Meeting Room: the Returnees and the 100 Years

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of S.T.(detail), 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary ArtCourtesy of the Artist

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of S.T.(detail), 2020, Collection of Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of K.T.O.(detail), 2017 Photo: Sizune ShiigiCourtesy of the Artist

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of K.T.O.(detail), 2017 Photo: Sizune Shiigi
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of J.L.(detail), 2016Courtesy of the Artist

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of J.L.(detail), 2016
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of Painter F(detail), 2015, Collection of Mori Art Museum Photo: Shizune ShiigiCourtesy of the Artist

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of Painter F(detail), 2015, Collection of Mori Art Museum Photo: Shizune Shiigi
    Courtesy of the Artist

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of Dr.N (production process), 2013Courtesy of the Artist

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi, The Return of Dr.N (production process), 2013
    Courtesy of the Artist

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 find points of contact between people from other places and ourselves, and by developing relationships, to image and create new perspectives in movement and social inateraction 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

Artists

  • OZAWA Tsuyoshi

    OZAWA Tsuyoshi

    Born in 1965 in Tokyo; lives in Saitama. Ozawa is known for works, made with a diverse range of methods, including painting, photography, video, and installation, that combine humor with pointed social and historical criticism. While attending Tokyo University of the Arts, Ozawa began Jizoing, a series in which he took photographs of handmade jizo (a guardian deity associated with travelers and children) in a variety of landscapes. In 1993, he began two more series, Nasubi Gallery, in which he likened milk boxes to ultra-miniature portable galleries, and Consultation Art. In 1999, Ozawa made Museum of Soy Sauce Art, a work in which he used soy sauce to reproduce various masterpieces from Japanese art history. In 2001, he started Vegetable Weapon, a series of photographic portraits depicting young women armed with weapons fashioned out of vegetables. Ozawa’s major solo exhibitions include Answer with Yes and No! (Mori Art Museum, 2004), The Invisible Runner Strides On (Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, 2009), and Imperfection – Parallel Art History (Chiba City Museum of Art, 2018). Ozawa is also part of Xijing Men, a group he formed with the Chinese artist Chen Shaoxiong and the Korean artist Gimhongsok in 2007. He received the 69th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2019.

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Outline

  • 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
    Broadcasting, 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

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