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This art event investigates the meaning of life-sized art. "Hiragana art" takes its name from the Kabuki musical performances of the Edo period that were reconfigured to allow audiences to enjoy this art casually in the form of "Hiragana○○○." In the same way, this event hopes to present art in an easy to understand fashion that encourages audiences to get up close and familiar with it.
"Easy to understand" does not however mean that the art is simple or childish. Taking a cue from the feelings and sensations of daily life in contemporary Japan, this art promotes thinking about these issues that still encourages enjoyment of them. Accordingly, works that are hard to get to grips with on a superficial level or somewhat opaque pieces have been included as well. However, each of these works is a product of our age, unbound by rigid or ossified artistic concepts: only works that allow us to decipher them using our own faculties and sensibilities have been chosen.
Takahito Kimura is an artist who makes visible the invisible forces of the earth, incorporating them into hands-on installations that allow audiences to "play with the earth" - a theme that he has been exploring since 1998 at exhibitions both in Japan and abroad. This time, Kimura presents a project of visual adventure using devices such as "Gulliver's glasses" that let visitors experience the visual sensations of a giant.
For the duration of the exhibition, volunteer staff will also be involved in opening an "art clinic" and preparing "prescriptions" for visitors.
Venue: Chiba City Museum of Art 1F, near entrance
Open everyday for duration of exhibition
La Kotobuki - New Japonisme: W(edding) Recommendations
This project, centering on contemporary artist Yuko Okada, proposes an imaginary bridal company called La Kotobuki Planning. Featured are video works that portray new styles of wedding ceremonies, presented together with a related work at the famous Chiba Castle.
La Kotobuki Planning arranges all your needs with perfect poise, from fateful encounters between men and womena and various tests to solemn wedding rites.
Venue: Chiba Folk Museum (Chiba Castle)
Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30)
Closed November 17th (Mon), 24th (Mon/holiday), 25th (Tue)
Admission: Adults ¥60, Elementary and Middle School Students ¥30
La Kotobuki "Bridal Show"
Screening of "La Kotobuki New Japonisme W(edding) Recommendations" video works by Yuko Okada. In addition, talk shows by the NG collective and Okada herself are planned.
Date: November 22nd (Sat) 16:00-
Venue: Sayado Hall, Chiba City Museum of Art
Reservation not required, admission free
Museum of Customs
Since the process of modernization took hold during the Meiji period, have we been able to look at things and see them with our own eyes? As far as art is concerned, it seems that we have been taking European and American art as the only legitimate model, following and imitating it, pretending that we've understood it all along even though we don't feel quite at home with it at all...
This "museum of customs" is an experiment in discovering art that we can talk about and interpret on an even footing, on "life-sized" terms, organized from the perspective of people of have run an art center in a red light, sex entertainment district.
In addition, watch out for an audacious plan that will attempt to to connect the ukiyo-e woodblock prints that make up the core of the Chiba Art Museum's collection to "contemporary art."
This museum is made up of 3 sections: Chibatori Independent, Chibatori Laboratory and Japanese Real@Chiba.
Japanese Real@Chiba exhibiting artists: Makoto Aida, Ichiro Endo, Tetsuo Onari, Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Ai Kitani, Jin Kurashige, Chim↑Pom, Hiroyuki Matsukage, Kumi Yokoyu
Venue: Sayado Hall and WiCAN Art Center, Chiba City Museum of Art
Open everyday for duration of exhibition.