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(TOP image) Form with sled-1 (1978) Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo © Sumikawa Kiichi
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File.25 Yokohama Museum of Art "Kiichi Sumikawa Sleigh and Round"
Miyuki Inoue (Magical Editor)
I like abstract sculptures.
I think that painting is "I don't know", but with a three-dimensional object, my mind can be freed. Perhaps because you can watch it from any angle you like from 360 degrees and simply think “cool!”… It's just a personal opinion.
So, the Yokohama Museum of Art's "Kiichi Sumikawa Sledding and Riding" has been curious since I saw the poster telling the opening. I was called out for a preview, so I went out there.
On display at the prologue is a model of Kintaikyo Bridge, which was the starting point for Sumikawa's creations. Needless to say, it is a wooden arch bridge over Nishikigawa in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Sumikawa, who was born in Shimane Prefecture, entered Yamaguchi Prefecture Iwakuni Technical School, where he met Kintaikyo Bridge. I don't think Sumikawa was the only one who repeated the sketches, fascinated by the beauty of the beauty of Nahashi. When you saw the bridge that became, you might have felt that it was "a very powerful sculpture even as an installation of contemporary art."
The artist's sensitivity, fear.
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* Left: Mr. K (1960) Right: Mr. S (1959) Collection © Sumikawa Kiichi
Sumikawa, who has advanced to the sculpture department at Tokyo University of the Arts, learns concrete representation by molding.
Looking at the works of that time, they are all “real”. In addition, Sumikawa went beyond concrete because he was involved in the work of restoring an ancient face from bone at the request of an anthropologist and restoring a deceased face from a victim's bone at the Science Police Research Institute. I felt it was a "super real" world ...
* Left: MASK (1967), Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art Right: MASK VI (1967), Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art © Sumikawa Kiichi
His work has changed dramatically since he resigned from Geidai in 1961!
"I was inspired by the masks of Iwami Kagura, which are transmitted to African masks and hometowns," but I don't think they are works of the same person. Because it is “MASK”, it may have something in common with “face”.
I was so powerful, free and wonderful that I could shout "Kita ~ !!" in my heart.
At the same time that he returned to the art sculpture department in 1967 as a lecturer, materials such as stone and metal After that, works using a variety of materials were born. It is so diverse that it can be considered "anything" to the layman, so no matter how much you watch, you will not get bored.
And the encounter with stone and stainless steel spreads to the development in public spaces including the outdoors.
Yes, Sumikawa is the design director of Tokyo Sky Tree®, the largest public building of the century.
That is not all. He seemed to have been taken care of daily in various places, such as "Ipponbashi" and "Dokkeibashi" over the Ooka River, and "Kamoikebashi" over the Tsurumi River.
Naturally, the real thing is not on display, but he realizes that he is an artist with a deep connection to Kanagawa Prefecture and looks into the introduction panel.
* Shape with sled (1992) Shimane Art Museum © Sumikawa Kiichi
The theme of Chapter 4 is finally “Takumi Sledding and Tunneling”.
Although natural wood warps and twists over time, it does not resist its properties, but rather incorporates change into its work. The form created by Sumikawa seems to have a natural flow and a thrilling sense of “as is” rather than a sense of stability. I feel like I'm swaying in the rhythm of nature, so I can't keep my eyes on it.
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It is said that Japan has a great variety of trees, which is why traditional techniques such as wooden construction of temples have been cultivated since ancient times.
"Like human beings, trees have their own characteristics, and when they touch, they talk. Listening to their voices, we use the beauty of the skin, the color of nature, and the“ essential shape of the material, ” I want to cut it out, "says Sumikawa.
Wood materials are also exhibited at the venue. Touching the work is justifiable, but this wood seems to be touchable, so be sure to check its texture.
Mr. Sumikawa has been pursuing “shapes with sleds” for over 40 years. The scenery in the exhibition room is spectacular.
On the other side of the wall, behind the back wall, is Sumikawa's latest work announced in 2019.
Dignified tension and natural relaxation.
I would like you to experience the actual work, so please refrain from posting images.
Lastly, we will introduce Café Kokurayama's limited menu.
This time, the gorgeous “oiri” and matcha or rinto, the laver of the kinako with gold leafTe "Sledding and peeling latte (450 yen / tax not included)" has appeared. Please taste the cute latte which is slightly different from the chic image of the exhibition.
《Kiichi Sumikawa sled and round off》
[Date and time] From Saturday, February 15 to Sunday, May 24 from 10:00 to 18:00 (as for the admission until 17:30)
* May 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays (entry until 19:30)
[Venue] Yokohama Museum of Art
[Fee] General: ¥ 1,500, University / High school student: ¥ 900, Junior high school student: ¥ 600, Elementary school students and under Free
* Free viewing on Saturday, March 28, 2020!
Yokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan. With its iconic architecture, featuring the expansive space of the Grand Gallery, the museum is made up of a total of seven gallery spaces, as well as an Art Information and Media Center that holds over 110,000 art-related books, ateliers hosting a wide range of workshops for children and adults, and many other facilities.
Located in the international seaport city of Yokohama, the museum focuses on collecting and showing modern and contemporary art created since the late 19th century, when the port of Yokohama opened, alongside many special exhibitions.
The outward appearance：KASAGI Yasuyuki / Grand gallery：KASAGI Yasuyuki / Exhibition room：TANAKA Yuichiro
Address3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa
Business Hour10: 00-18: 00 (admission until 17:30) Closed on Thursdays and New Year's holidays
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