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Contemporary art is just easy as pie.
Saturday, August 29 to Monday, October 12, 2009
Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

EXHIBITION CONCEPT

The Contemporary Art Center at Art Tower Mito (ATM) presents the exhibition, "Contemporary art is just easy as pie," from August 29 (Sat) to Oct. 12 (Mon), 2009. The exhibition invites visitors to explore contemporary art through artworks (photography, painting, installation etc.) made by leading artists from around the world.
The exhibition suggests diverse ways of interpretation in the approach to artworks, based on various themes (including Mother Nature, landscapes, and human figures), as well as a "mystery-story" narrative approach, and through various gallery tours. We invite elementary and junior high school students from Mito City to board the "Art Bus" prepared by ATM to explore the show, with staff members riding along as guides.
Also, the exhibition this time has been developed along with the people of Mito. The young artist group "Nadegata Instant Party" (Toru Nakazaki, Daisuke Yamashiro, and Tomoko Noda) has been shooting a new film entitled "The Last Exhibition by Curator A" in the ATM gallery space, Mito City and Senba Lake. The film, which employed cast and staff members who are citizens of Mito, has a story linked to the contents of the show. It will be screened in the gallery during the exhibition period. The exhibition will thus be a chance to visualize the relationship between art and people through the exhibition and contemporary artworks.

This exhibition also celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Art Tower Mito, the 120th Anniversary of Modern Mito City, and the 400th Anniversary of the Mito Domain.


EXHIBITION INFORMATION
Title: Contemporary art is just easy as pie.
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Dates: Saturday, August 29 to Monday, October 12, 2009
Closed on Mondays (except public holiday September 21, October 12)
Opening Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (no admittance after 5:30 p.m.)
Admission: ¥800 General, ¥600 Advance purchase/Groups of more than 20 people
Free Children through junior high school (9th grade), Seniors 65 and older, People with certified disabilities (along with one attendant each)

One-year passes: ¥1,000 High Teen Pass "H.T.P." for youth aged 15-19, ¥2,500 Adult Pass for people aged 20-64

Organized by: Mito Arts Foundation
Co-organizer: Mito City, Mito City Municipal Board of Education, Executive Committee for the Art and Culture Rejuvenation Project
Supports from: Asahi Breweries,Ltd., Nakamura-Naka Seisakusyo
Curated by: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito


Featured artworks

Robert Mapplethorpe "untitledPoppy",Sone Yutaka "Her 19th Foot", James Turrell "Soft Cell", Kawamata Tadashi "Arcade Plan No. 3",Hatakeyama Naoya "Slow Glass", Kobayashi Takanobu "Cloud" and so on. (The works in the exhibition are drawn from Art Tower Mito collection.)

Sone Yutaka
"Her 19th Foot"
1993
Photo by Shigeo Anzai
James Turrell
"Soft Cell"
1992
Photo by Shigeo Anzai
Kawamata Tadashi
"Arcade Plan No. 3"
1994
Photo by Yuzuru Nemoto


Julian Opie
"View of Lake Motosu and Mount Fuji from Route 300. From the series, 8 Views of Japan."
2007
Kobayashi Takanobu
"Cloud"
1999-2004
Ilya Kabakov
"The Ripped off Landscape (1931)"
1998
Photo by Tsuyoshi Saito






Public Programs

Art Bus
Art Tower Mito will charter an "Art Bus," taking Mito City elementary and junior high school students to the exhibition. Students will explore the artworks, with exceptional programs guided by the artist Gojing-Maru Hayashi and university student staff members.
Dates: Sept. 16 to Oct. 9 (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays)

Pillow de Talk
A gallery tour conceived and conducted by the artist Tanotaiga. This special tour, drawing the idea from a "pillow talk," brings the style of private and intimate dialogue into the public space of a museum. The program aims to spur, through a friendly conversation with the artist in a pseudo-private sphere, a freer approach to and perception of contemporary art.
Dates: August 29 (Sat) and 30 (Sun)
Sept. 22 (Tue), 23 (Wed), 26 (Sat), 27 (Sun)
Oct. 3 (Sat), 4 (Sun), 10 (Sat), 11 (Sun)
Times: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m./1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m./3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Capacity: Only two people each time (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission.

Mysterious gentleman, Mr. K's gallery guide for ladies
This gallery tour is organized especially for women. Mr. K, a "mysterious gentleman," will take several ladies on a tour around the gallery, followed by a teatime art chat while eating cake. This is an introductory tour for contemporary art, and is recommended for beginners.
Dates and times: Sept. 9 (Wed), Oct. 1 (Thu), 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Capacity: Eight people each time (first-come, first-served)
Fee: ¥2,000 (including admission, drink, sweets)

Weekend Gallery Talk
CAC (Contemporary Art Center) Gallery Talkers will guide you through the exhibition.
Dates: Weekends between Sept. 12 and Oct. 11, 2009
Times: 2:30 to 3:10 p.m. (approx. 40 minutes)
Fee: Free (but a ticket to the exhibition must be purchased)
Meeting point: Gallery entrance

Gallery Tour for Parents with Babies
Staff members will give gallery tours, with special attention given to those with small children. The tour is made particularly for pre-school children and their parents.
Dates: Sept. 18 (Fri) and Oct. 2 (Fri), 2009
Starting times: 9:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
Capacity: Five parent-child groups per session (first-come, first-served)
Fee: Included in the exhibition admission.
Reservations: Call the ATM Contemporary Art Center at (029) 227-8120.

Pre-school Program
This program is a combination of gallery tour and workshop specifically designed for kindergarten and upper nursery-school children. For more information, please contact the public program desk.
Capacity: Limited to the first eight groups.
How to apply: Fax the application prepared by ATM to the number below.
Fee: ¥2,000 per group (up to 20 people, additional fee ¥100/person)
For information about the programs and applications, contact these numbers:
TEL +81 (029) 227-8120 / FAX +81 (029) 227-8130





Participating Artist Profiles

Nadegata Instant Party (Toru Nakazaki + Daisuke Yamashiro + Tomoko Noda)
Nadegata Instant Party is an artist group that creates happenings and projects by arranging meetings of people, using human networks as well as online communities such as SNS (Social Networking System). Recent projects include the "Boogie-Woogie Installing Date," held at the former Naka Waste Incineration Plant Art Project in 2007 in Hiroshima, in which they created "virtual dating" routes in residential areas of Hiroshima, as well as the "Offline Instant Dance," held at the Akasaka Art Flower 08 in 2008 in Tokyo, in which they produced and presented dance performances using online communication along with invited cast.
http://www.nadegatainstantparty.org/

Hayashi Gojing-Maru
Hayashi Gojing-Maru's creative activities focus on artworks and developing workshop activities under the themes of "to fly" and "to be flying." His main group shows include the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial (2003, 2006, Tokamachi and other), CAFE in Mito 2004 (ATM Contemporary Art Center, 2004). In 2005, he served as an educator in the art education program held at ATM's Contemporary Art Center.

Tanotaiga
Tanotaiga mainly creates sculptures, often combining them with other media such as videos, to satirize social issues. For the "wanakio 2008" exhibition held in Okinawa, he created "15-minute Portraits," a series of self-portrait photos taken by prostitutes appearing in various costumes actually worn in service. With that series, he departed from the formalistic language of sculpture, and executed a more direct intervention into society. He also has had experience teaching contemporary art at the high school level.
http://www.taigart.com

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