21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

The twenty first Century Museum of Up to date Artwork, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館, Kanazawa Nijūisseiki Bijutsukan) is a museum of up to date artwork positioned in Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan.
The museum was designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the architectural workplace SANAA in 2004. In October 2005, one 12 months after its opening, the Museum marked 1,570,000 guests.[1] In 2020, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic it attracted solely 971,256 guests, a drop of 63 % from 2019, but it surely nonetheless ranked tenth on the record of most-visited artwork museums on the earth. [2]

The constructing

Leandro Erlich’s “The Swimming Pool” from above and under

The Museum is positioned within the heart of Kanazawa, close to Kenroku-en backyard and the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Artwork. The constructing has a round kind, with a diameter of 112.5 metres. This form goals to maintain the looks of the general constructing quantity low, to mitigate the size of the mission and permits entry from a number of factors of entry. The transparency of the constructing additional manifests the want to keep away from the museum being perceived as a big, introverted mass.[3]

The constructing consists of neighborhood gathering areas, corresponding to a library, lecture corridor, and kids’s workshop, positioned on the periphery, and museum areas within the center. The exhibition areas comprise quite a few galleries with a number of choices for division, growth, or focus. The galleries are of varied proportions and light-weight circumstances – from shiny daylight by means of glass ceilings to areas with no pure gentle supply, their top starting from 4 to 12 metres. The circulation areas are designed to make them usable as extra exhibition areas. 4 totally glazed inside courtyards, every distinctive in character, present ample daylight to the middle of the constructing and a fluent border between neighborhood areas and museum areas.[3]


Installations, twenty first Century Museum of Up to date Artwork.

Artwork contained in the Museum.

The gathering of the twenty first Century Museum of Up to date Artwork, Kanazawa is targeted on works produced since 1980 that “suggest new values”.[4]

Artists within the assortment are inspired to provide site-specific installations that change into “carefully related to the Kanazawa space”.[4]

Artists within the everlasting assortment embrace; Francis Alys, Matthew Barney, Tony Cragg, Olafur Eliasson, Leandro Erlich, Isa Genzken, Kojima Hisaya, Gordon Matta Clark, Peter Newman, Carsten Nicolai, Giuseppe Penone, Gerhard Richter, Murayama Ruriko, Hiraki Sawa, Atsuko Tanaka, James Turrell, Patrick Tuttofuoco, Anne Wilson and Suda Yoshihiro.

Among the many giant scale works on everlasting show are Leandro Ehrlich’s Swimming Pool and Colour Exercise Home by Olaflur Eliasson.[5][6]


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