Is art really interesting? Interview with a curator at the Yokohama Museum of Art! [Ticket present]
(TOP image) Yusuke Asai << Tree of Life >> 2019 (Exhibition scenery)
Have you been to the museum?
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the opening of the Yokohama Museum of Art. The title of the first exhibition of the commemorative project is "Meet the Collection 30th Anniversary Meet the Collection-Art, People, and Museum". I feel that even people who have never had a connection with the museum have welcomed me! With that in mind, we asked Shintaro Matsunaga, the curator of the Yokohama Museum of Art, about how to interact with art, which even beginners can enjoy.
Sometimes art can be a problem because you don't know what to look for.
My subjectivity is that communicating with art is more like communicating with people. When the other person is a person, you can get used to it just by looking at your looks and facial expressions, and some people are silent and expressionless and you can not understand unless you meet and talk many times. Also, even if you do not understand, there are people who think that it is "interesting person", and some people do not accept it until the end. The same goes for art.
Since the work expresses the way of thinking and the worldview of the artist, it is natural that some works can enter easily and some do not. Recognizing the difference in way of thinking and sense with the other person, and feeling the diversity are the significance of the existence of art, and I think that it is required for museums to function as a "meeting place" for such diversity. I am.
For example, the "100 Years After the Monet" exhibition that was held at the museum last year was planned from that idea. Monet's works, which are very popular in Japan, and contemporary art that many people are not good at. By displaying two worlds side by side, there is no sense that you can see it in an unreasonable way.That was the suggestion.
It's a simple question. Is art necessary for us?
There are many ways of thinking, but I don't think that people need more than just “clothing, food, and housing” to survive. Doesn't it feel very suffocating in a world where standards are set based on logical numbers that give priority to the economy and you are bound only by those that have answers?
I think art is a breakthrough for being released from it.
Overseas, there are hospitals that prescribe "go to the museum" to people with mental illness. The role may change with the times, but I think that an art museum, which is a place to come into contact with art, is necessary for people's lives and the city.
What kind of exhibition is currently being held, "Meet the Collection — Art, People, and Museums"?
I think it is an exhibition that can be enjoyed in a “basic” fashion without any specialized knowledge or prejudice.
I usually plan and structure based on the thoughts and research of the curators, but this time I had four contemporary artists participate and "cook" the collection of this museum from each viewpoint. Specifically, we have selected the favorite works from all the collections held by the Yokohama Museum of Art, and are collaborating with new and recent works by artists, making up four of the seven exhibition rooms.
The base is the Yokohama Museum of Art collectionTherefore, as a curator, I have a particular interest in each work and artist. However, this time, there was a lot of part in the artist's sense and judgment regarding each exhibition space, so we were often surprised to say, "Why do you choose this?"
* Yusuke Asai << Tree of Life >> 2019 (Exhibition view)
For example, among the works selected by Yusuke Asai, there were some that I personally had a “scary” image of. I asked several times, "Does the work fit Mr. Asai's space?", But after all (laughs). However, when I looked at the space in the exhibition room that Mr. Asai actually created, the look of the work looked different. One art has various phases, and it has a completely different look depending on the situation and context. I felt once again that art works are not one-sided, as humans are.
* From Chapter 5 "Connecting Images"
If the curator plans it, even if it is an exhibition method that can not be done without courage, the artist will suggest "OK, let's do it!" There was a problem.
* From Chapter 7 "Expanding World"
There are cases where you will see masterpieces that you are accustomed to seeing in a different atmosphere than usual, and there are also works that you rarely exhibited while holding them. I hope you can enjoy the various expressions of various art works from your perspective.
Meet the Collection — Art, People, and Museums
[Date and time] Until Sunday, June 23, 10: 00-18: 00
* Every Friday and Saturday until 20:00, admission 30 minutes before closing.
[Closed days] Thursday, May 7 (Tue) * Open on 5/2 (Thurs./closed)
[Venue] Yokohama Museum of Art
[Fee] General ¥ 1,100, university / high school students ¥ 700, junior high school students ¥ 500, elementary school students and under free, ¥ 65 and over ¥ 1,000 (certificate required, only available at museum ticket offices)
* Free viewing on Sunday, June 2
* Every Saturday is free for high school students and younger (student certificate, student ID)
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Yokohama Museum of ArtYokohama Museum of Art opened to the public on November 3, 1989. It is one of the largest art institutions in Japan. Wit ･･･Packed with items that tickle the heart of art! Find souvenirs at the museum shop2009.05.12
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 Ward, Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture
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