Jam Sessions are joint showings of works from the Ishibashi Foundation Collection and works by contemporary artists. For our first Jam Session, we are pleased to welcome Tomoko Konoike. Konoike sees human beings as creatures undergoing repeated transformations. She carefully rethinks the types and categories represented by museums the modern period created and is trying to recast them in ways that suit our lives today. Her perspective is far from the conventional artist-centric point of view. She borrows the words and hands of people she meets when traveling and employs a host of natural phenomena, methods of the earth, as her media: the sun, typhoons, plants, insects, bacteria, thus literally bringing life to her work, creating her work, to keep on living.
As animals, each human being grasps the world with totally different perceptions. We see the world through our own umwelts. None are the same. No words are identical. No light is identical. If the arts prepare themselves for that and address it honestly, then in time a new ecosystem, filled with the senses, for a small organism, will begin to function. Instead of substituting illusions for words, let us feel our way to the small things we encounter daily, play, and quietly do our work. (Konoike)
The Ishibashi Foundation Collection
The Ishibashi Foundation Collection began as the personal collection of Ishibashi Shojiro, its founder, and is now owned by the Ishibashi Foundation, which continues those collecting activities. Presently consisting of about 2,800 works, the collection spans Western paintings, modern Japanese-style paintings, sculpture and ceramics from East and West, and Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and paintings, as well twentieth-century and contemporary art.
The Jam Sessions embody “Experiencing Creativity,” the concept guiding the Artizon Museum, which reopened in a new form in January 2020. For Jam Sessions, artists and curators working together organize exhibitions with new works inspired by specific works in the Ishibashi Foundation Collection and sessions in which the collection and the artist’s works interact to create new points of view. Our goal is a project that will be a bridge past and present and lead on to the future. The museum plans to hold a Jam Session every year.
Tomoko Tonoike Biography
Born in Akita in 1960. Recent solo exhibitions include Primordial Violence, 2015-17, in Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, the Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, and the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum (awarded the 2016 Ministry of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize); Fur Story, 2018, Leeds Arts University (UK); and Hunter-Gatherer, 2018, Akita Museum of Modern Art. Group exhibitions include Temporal Turn, 2016, Spencer Museum, University of Kansas, USA; Nous, 2016, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; Japan—Spirits of Nature, 2017 Nordiska Akvarellmuseet (Sweden); and the Setouchi International Art Festival 2019. Writings include Animal Language and the picture book Book Burning World of Wonder (both published by Hatori Shoten).
Exhibition title: Jam Session: The Ishibashi Foundation Collection×Tomoko Konoike Tomoko Konoike: FLIP
Exhibition period : 23 June [Tuesday] – 25 October [Sunday], 2020 *Revised Exhibition Schedule
Opening hours : 10:00 – 18:00(20:00 on Fridays/ suspended until further notice) * last admission 30 minutes before closing
Closed: Mondays (open 10 August, 21 September), 11 August, 23 September
Venue:6F Gallery, Artizon Museum
Organizer: Artizon Museum, Ishibashi Foundation
Exhibition in Japan of the Japan Pavilion at the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, “Cosmo-Eggs” (5F Gallery)
Selections from the Ishibashi Foundation Collection (4F Gallery)
Special Section | New Acquisitions: The Paul Klee Collection
Special Section | Women Impressionists