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"Kokuren Shonen (UN BOY)" Exhibition, planned and created by Noboru Tsubaki
March 23 (Sun) to June 8 (Sun), 2003
* Owing to unavoidable circumstances, the Andrea Palladio exhibition has been cancelled. In its place, Art Tower Mito will present an exhibition planned and produced by Noboru Tsubaki.

Noboru Tsubaki first presented his concept of "Insect World" at the 2001 Yokohama Triennale, to which he submitted an installation portraying a giant grasshopper. After the shocking terrorist attacks of 9/11 that year, he developed the concept of the UN Application Project.h By emphasizing the role of the UN as a peacekeeping army, Tsubaki -- who is both an educator and artist -- has sent the world a message questioning the meaning of peace and maintaining it.

Tsubaki's upcoming exhibition at ATM is the first realization of this project in exhibition form. He put it together with the aim of turning the gallery space into a visual experience stressing the strong need for communication to be continually carried out among people having various opinions, if peace is to be maintained.

In preparing for the exhibition, Tsubaki has organized a group of young creators into the "Tsubaki-gumi," and has employed a new method of organizing exhibitions by collaborating with them and using their ideas in appropriate instances.

The exhibition has been spread out in the several rooms of the Contemporary Art Gallery as follows: a test-firing room enshrining a 5-meter-tall (16-feet-tall) teddy bear, a promotion room for the mine-searching #7 Penta original robot, a classroom with words at rocky places, and display rooms showing weapons and original military uniforms. The whole exhibition is infused with Tsubakifs expressive spirit, which is pop in feeling and easy to relate to.

There will be lectures and workshops conducted during the course of the exhibition, as well as a special display of Tsubaki's giant grasshopper.


Noboru Tsubaki "UN BOY" 2003, Contemporary Art Gallery, ART TOWER MITO







Outline

Title of the Exhibition: "Kokuren Shonen (UN Boy)" Exhibition
Period: March 23 (Sun) to June 8 (Sun), 2003
Closed on Mondays except May 5 (Children's Day), and May 6 (Tue)
Hours: Doors open at 9:30 and close at 18:00 (No admittance after 17:30)
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

Admission:
¥800 General
¥600 Advance-purchase tickets, groups (20 or more)
¥1,000 H.T.P. (one-year Pass for 15- to 19-year-olds, available at ATM and JR East)
¥2,000 Pass for Adults (one-year pass for persons aged 20 and above)
Free Students (through 9th grade), senior citizens (65 and older), and disabled persons

Organizer: Mito Arts Foundation
Sponsor: Asahi Breweries Ltd.
Cooperation from: SOUM Corporation, Takeo Co., Ltd.
Planning: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Curator: Tsukasa Mori, Curator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Pamphlet Design: Gento Matsumoto (Sarubrunei)



Planning Images for the "UN BOY" Exhibition by Noboru Tsubaki






Related Projects

Opening Talk by Noboru Tsubaki
March 23 (Sun), 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Room 1, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery
No admission charged, but everyone besides elementary school students and junior high school students must have purchased an exhibition ticket valid for the day.

Demonstration of "Neurocube" and "Touch"
May 4 (Sun) 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Lecturers: Noboru Tsubaki et al.
No admission charged, but everyone besides elementary school students and junior high school students must have purchased an exhibition ticket valid for the day.
Capacity: 20 people (aged 18 or above)
Details will be forthcoming.


Open Workshop for Children's Day
May 5, 2003 (Mon)
Workshop Room
Lecturers: Noboru Tsubaki et al.
No admission charged, but everyone besides elementary school students and junior high school students must have purchased an exhibition ticket valid for the day.
Contact ATM for further details.


Lectures by Visiting Speakers
Saturdays in May (i.e., May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2003), 2:30-4:00 p.m.
No admission charged, but only those with an exhibition ticket valid for the day can enter.
Contact ATM for further details.


Closing Talk by Noboru Tsubaki
June 8, 2003 (Sun), 2:30-4:00 p.m.
Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery, Room 1
No admission charged, but everyone besides elementary school students and junior high school students must have purchased an exhibition ticket valid for the day.


Special Display "The Insect World" (May 3-5)
A 50-meter-long grasshopper, much talked about in last summer's "Cafe in Mito" exhibition, will make an appearance in the ATM Plaza from May 3 (Sat) to 5 (Mon), between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The project will be cancelled in case of rain or strong winds.

We need around 20 volunteers each day to help run the grasshopper installation, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the days mentioned above.
Preparations and an explanation meeting will be held prior to the event on May 2 (Fri), starting at 3:00 p.m. The work will involve pumping air into the grasshopper to make it expand, managing the display while the visitors come, then letting the air out of the grasshopper at the end of the day.
If you are interested, call (029) 227-8120 and ask for the Grasshopper Operation Volunteer Coordinator at Art Tower Mito's Contemporary Art Center.



CRITERIUM 55 Tomoyuki Isoyama
March 23 (Sun) to June 8, 2003 (Sun)
Room 9, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Art Gallery
Curator: Toshihiro Asai, Curator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Open to anyone with a ticket for the ATM's current exhibition

Note: The Latin word "criterium" is based on the Greek word "criterion," meaning "standard." The series features artists who are energetically engaged in exploring the possibilities of new forms of expression. Planning is assisted by the ATM Contemporary Art Center curator.



Gallery Talks
Saturdays and Sundays from April 5 (Sat) to June 8, 2003 (Sun), 2:30 p.m.
CAC Gallery Talkers will give gallery talks for about 40 minutes on weekends during the UN Boy exhibition.
On certain days, gallery talks may be cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances.



ATM Contemporary Art Gallery's
Pass for Adults
© Hiroko Ichihara
A pass has been designed for adults aged 20 and older, letting the holder make an unlimited number of visits to the Contemporary Art Gallery's exhibitions for one year from the date of purchase.
The price is ¥2,000 (new price ¥2,500 with a new benefit, from April 1, 2003.) The artwork on the pass has been designed by Hiroko Ichihara, an artist who incorporates words in her works. The logo on the pass reads: "Contemporary art -- as easy as pie." The pass is on sale at the ticket counter in Art Tower Mito.



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