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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Photo: WATANABE Osamu
Courtesy:21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

"Tastes of JAPAN by ANA" is a regional vitalization project that collaborates with the different prefectures in Japan to present the Land of the Rising Sun in all of its diverse glory.

Get immersed in modern art in a fun way at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Children and adults alike can appreciate contemporary art in an enjoyable way at this popular museum which opened its doors in 2004. The open and expansive space and the round, all-glass architecture, designed by internationally acclaimed architectural unit SANAA consisting of Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, have become dear to the hearts of local residents.

Leandro ERLICH, "The Swimming Pool", 2004
Collection: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Photo: WATANABE Osamu
Courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

"The Swimming Pool" by Leandro Erlich

One of the most popular exhibits at this museum, "the Swimming Pool" can be viewed from both the Exhibition Zone and the admission-free Public Zone. A fun way to enjoy this artwork is to meet visitors on the other side of the water surface, with persons peering down from above and those gazing up from below. Experience the astonishment of looking down and finding people in the water and the amusement of looking up beyond the water surface from the bottom of the pool. The artwork initiates these diverse experiences that stimulate the viewers' everyday senses, and at the same time, creates new encounters between people from above the ground and below.

Patrick BLANC, "Green Bridge", 2004
Collection: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Photo: Atsushi NAKAMICHI / Nacasa & Partners
Courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Green Bridge by Patrick Blanc

Botanist and artist Patrick Blanc created the Green Bridge in a way that straddles a glass corridor. The 13-meter-long, 5-meter-tall wall is covered with approximately 100 varieties of plants that suit the climate of Kanazawa, with diverse seasonal selections arranged in perfect balance. The artwork embodies Blanc's theory that plants are able to adapt and thrive even in a limited environment.

Location

Name 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Web Sites https://www.kanazawa21.jp/en/
Address 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa
Access From JR Kanazawa Station Bus Terminal:
Take the bus from Kenrokuen Exit (East Exit) bus terminal No. 3 or 6, ride for approximately 10 minutes and get off at Hirosaka 21st Century Museum Mae bus stop.
Take the bus from Kenrokuen Exit bus terminal No. 8 to 10, ride for approximately 10 minutes and get off at Korinobo Atrio Mae bus stop. From the bus stop, it's about 5 minutes' walk.
Business Hours Exhibition Zone: 10:00 to 18:00 (Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Public Zone: 9:00 to 22:00
Opening hours differ depending on facility.
Closed Exhibition Zone: Mondays (if Monday is a public holiday, then the following day), year-end and New Year's holidays
Public Zone: Year-end and New Year's holidays
Others: All facilities closed for renovations from December 20, 2019 to February 3, 2020
Inquiries TEL: 076-220-2800
Admission Entrance into the museum building (Public Zone) is free of charge. Entry into the Exhibition Zone requires exhibition tickets. (Ticket prices differ with individual exhibitions.)

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