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The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

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(TOP image) Shape 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 Sled and Mukuri"
Miyuki Inoue (Magcal Editorial Department)

I like abstract sculpture.
I think that painting is "I don't understand," but if it's a three-dimensional object, I can somehow set my mind free. It may be because you can watch it from any angle from 360 degrees, and you can simply think it is "cool!"... It's just a personal opinion.
That's why the Yokohama Museum of Art "Kiichi Sumikawa Sleigh and Mukkuri" was intriguing when I saw the poster that announced the opening. I was invited to the preview, so I went out.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

On display in the prologue is the Kintai Bridge model, which was the origin of Mr. Sumikawa's creation. Needless to say, it is a wooden arch bridge over the Nishiki River in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture.
Born in Shimane Prefecture, Mr. Sumikawa goes to Yamaguchi Prefecture Iwakuni Institute of Technology Machinery Department and meets Kintai Bridge. I don't think Mr. Sumikawa was the only one who was fascinated by the beauty of Nabashi's sculpture and repeated sketches, but he is "not just a person" because when a typhoon in 1950 leaked it When you look at the bridge that became, you might have felt that "it is a strikingly powerful model even when viewed as an installation of contemporary art."
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*Left: Mr. K (1960) Right: Mr. S (1959) Collection of the artist © Sumikawa Kiichi

Mr. Sumikawa, who has advanced to the Department of Sculpture at Tokyo University of the Arts, learns concrete expression by means of plastic molding.
When you look at the works of the time, you can see that they are "concrete". Furthermore, Mr. Sumikawa was involved in the work of restoring the face of an ancient person from the bone at the request of an anthropologist and the work of restoring the human face of the victim from the bones of the victim at the Science Police Research Institute, so it was beyond concrete. I felt that it was a "super-real" world...

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released
*Left: MASK (1967) Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art Right: MASK VI (1967) Kanagawa Prefectural Museum of Modern Art © Sumikawa Kiichi

The work has changed a great deal since I resigned as an assistant to Geidai in 1961!
Although I was inspired by the face of Iwami Kagura, which is passed down in African masks and hometowns, I don't think it is the work of the same person. Since it's a "MASK", it might have something in common with a "face", but why did this happen?
I was so strong, free, and lovely that I could almost shout "Kita~!!" in my heart.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

At the same time he returned to the Geidai Sculpture Department in 1967 as a teacher Beginning to face materials such as, and after that, works using various materials are born. It's so diverse that even an amateur can think of it as "anything," you'll never get tired of watching it.
Then, the encounter with stones and stainless steel spreads to the development in public spaces including the outdoors.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

Yes, Mr. Sumikawa is the design supervisor of the Tokyo Sky Tree®, the largest public building in this century.
That is not all. He seems to have taken care of him at various places on a daily basis, such as "Ipponbashi" and "Dōkeibashi" over the Ooka River and "Kamoikebashi" over the Tsurumi River.
Naturally, the real thing is not exhibited, but I noticed that he is an artist closely related to Kanagawa prefecture, and I look into the introduction panel.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released
*The shape of a sled (1992) Shimane Art Museum © Sumikawa Kiichi

The theme of Chapter 4 is finally “Takumi Sled and Mukuri”.
Although natural wood warps and twists over time, it does not resist its nature, but rather incorporates changes into the work. I feel that the form created by Mr. Sumikawa has a natural flow and a throbbing feeling of "as it is" rather than a sense of stability. I feel like I'm shaking with the rhythm of nature, and I can't take my eyes off.

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There are so many types of trees in Japan that it is said that traditional techniques such as wooden construction of temples have been cultivated since ancient times.
"Similar to human beings, trees have the same characteristics, and when you touch them, they speak. You hear their voices, and the "form with a sled" that takes advantage of the essence of the material, such as the beauty of the skin and the natural colors I want to cut it off," says Sumikawa.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

Wood materials are also displayed at the venue. Touching the work is obscene, but this wood seems to be touchable, so be sure to check its texture.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

The “shape with sled” that Sumikawa has pursued for over 40 years. The scenery that stands in the exhibition room is spectacular.
The latest work of Mr. Sumikawa announced in 2019 is displayed in the last exhibition room on the other side of the back wall.
A sense of dignity and a natural feel.
Please refrain from posting the images, as I would like you to experience the actual work in person.

The shape of Tokyo Sky Tree® was born here! "Sledge forms" released

Lastly, we would like to introduce the limited menu of Café Kokurayama.
This time, I put a gorgeous "Oiri", matcha karinto, and gold leafKinako-flavored latte “Sled and Mukuri no Kinako latte (450 yen/tax not included)” is now available. Please try a cute latte that is slightly different from the chic image of the exhibition.

This event has ended.
《Kiichi Sumikawa Sled and Peeling》
[Date] February 15th (Sat)-May 24th (Sun) 10:00-18:00 (Last admission until 17:30)
*Friday and Saturday in May until 20:00 (Admission until 19:30)
[Venue] Yokohama Museum of Art
[Closed day] Thursday
[Fee] General ¥1,500, university/high school students ¥900, junior high school students ¥600, elementary school students and under free
*Free viewing on Saturday, March 28, 2020!

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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

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