Monday, February 27, 2012

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art - Kanazawa

I'd read about the 21st Century of Contemporary Art on my last trip to Japan, and had always wanted to go. This museum is for the people of Kanazawa. Designed to be a public meeting spot, a place to share ideas and a place for education. The building itself is beautiful - circular and full of light. The installations are wonderful. Simple, fun and not too high brow and accessible as the way art should be.  

The Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich is a great example of clever installation art. Such a simple concept, executed well. The viewer stands at the bottom of the pool, taking in the turquoise blue walls and the muted views of above, and inadvertently becomes part of the work - as the viewer from outside of the pool looks below (and too becomes part of the installation piece care of the people viewing from below). I could have spent all day in there.

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