seeds, hairnet, nails／H 400×W 220×D 190 mm／Courtesy of Taguchi Fine Art
※Photo by Mitsumasa Fujitsuka, Courtesy of Taguchi Fine Art
Chaosmos 5: To View a World within a Grain of Sand
From the inception of the Sakura City
Museum of Art in 1994, the exhibition series Chiba Art Now had been held for many years with the purpose of “introducing
contemporary art,” which is one of the missions of the Museum. Our aim was to
present the art scene in Chiba Prefecture, and to help people have a deeper
understanding of contemporary art. In the fiscal year 2003, Chiba Art Now shifted to a new
exhibition series, Chaosmos, and
began to invite artists from outside the prefecture, with the aim of
introducing the art scene through a more objective perspective. Chaosmos, which is a coined word that
combines “chaos” with “cosmos,” implies the current state of art in which
artistic ideas and styles are repeatedly being merged and divided. One of our
aims is to present that state of art. We also hope to create an opportunity together
with the visitors to consider the direction in which art is heading toward.
In recent years, huge-scale paintings and
sculptures have been commonly created in Japan, due to the influence of Western
contemporary art. In contrast, we also find quite a few works that have
condensed artists’ own realms in a size that can be held with the hands, such
as found in Joseph Cornell’s Box Art.
In this exhibition, Chaosmos 5: To View a
World within a Grain of Sand, we will introduce artistic expressions that
have condensed the artists’ ideas within limited sizes, colors and time. In
ancient times in the East, people had the tendency to perceive the cosmos
within a small confined realm, such as found in the ideas of “Kochuten” (lit.
another world inside a pot) and “Doten-Fukuchi” theory (lit. a paradise inside
a cave). We hope that the visitors take this opportunity to enjoy each artist’s
unique essences that have been encapsulated within limited sizes and time.
Period: March 1 (Tue.) –28 (Tue.), 2017
Closed on Mondays (open on the holiday, March 20, and closed on the 21)
Venue: Sakura City Museum of Art
Organizer: Sakura City Museum of Art
Junko Ikawa—born in 1965; photography.
Q-rais—born in 1985; short-film animation.
Christiane Löhr—born in 1965; sculpture.
Tomoatsu Takase—born in 1969; painting.
Haruo Mitsuta—born in 1980; Jizai Okimono (Articulated
metal-figure life forms).
Related Events include a lecture and
For further information, please contact:
Kanako Nishikawa, Curator, Sakura City
Museum of Art
Address: 210 Shinmachi, Sakura, Chiba,
of Exhibited Works
| here, now, always／2003／Gelatin
silver print／406×508 mm
Courtesy of the Artist
| Little step form／2014／Plant
stalks／H 65×W 105×D105 mm
Courtesy of Taguchi Fine Art
Milky Fiddler Crab (Uca lacteal)／2016／Copper,
brass, bronze／L 50×W 30×H20 mm
Courtesy ot the Röntgenwerke AG
Breakfast／2015／Animated film, sound／6 min.
Courtesy of the Artist
Fragment／2013／Pigment ink on paper／60×62 mm
Courtesy of Yukiko Koide Presents