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Temporary Exhibitions

20th Anniversary of the Iwate Museum of Art: Kishio Suga: The Existence of "Things" and the Eternity of "Site"

Dec. 18, 2021 (Sat) - Feb. 20, 2022 (Sun)
Temporary Exhibition Gallery


 Kishio Suga (1944-, b. Iwate prefecture) is known as an artist in the Mono-ha art movement that emerged in Japan from the late 1960s to the 1970s. Even after the Mono-ha movement came to an end, he continued to produce works using a variety of techniques and has been a leading figure in Japanese contemporary art to this day. In recent years, Suga’s works earned recognition on a global scale.
    By placing and combining everyday materials such as stone, wood, and metal in a space while intervening with simple actions, such as aligning and bending, Suga’s works prompt us to consider the relationships among materials, the sites they occupy, and people. Doing away with preconceived notions and delving into the essence of “things” and “sites” based on his own singular philosophy, Suga has fundamentally reexamined the nature of conventional art. His approach to creating art has remained unchanged from the time of Mono-ha up until the present.
    This exhibition looks back at more than half a century of Suga’s artistic practice through a selection of some 120 works, including pieces shown in Iwate and a piece made especially for this exhibition, covering a wide range of media such as installation, relief, drawing, photography, and documentary film, divided into ten-year periods.

System of Surroundings
Collection of the Artist
photo: Kenji Takahashi
©Kishio Suga, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

Talk Show by Kishio Suga and Akira Tatehata
Jan. 15, 2021 14:00-15:30
at the Hall

Talk Show by Kishio Suga and Rikuhei Murai [Canceled]
Feb. 5, 2022 14:00-15:30
at the Hall

Gallery Talks
Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18, 2022 14:00-
*exhibition ticket required
at the Hall

Film Screening
1) Existence and Homicide
Dec. 19, 2021   14:00-15:26
2) Gathered Release-Restriction
Jan. 16, 2022    14:00-14:30, 15:30-16:00
at the Hall

Advance tickets (same price as the group tickets) available at the museum and the ticket agencies until the day before the opening.
Students of Senior High School and University 
Students of Elementary School and Junior High School



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