Artwork melds with structure of new museum


A new contemporary art museum due to open next month in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, features artwork that is integrated into the innovative circular building itself.

Local tourism association officials were given a sneak preview of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, earlier this week. The museum, designed by renowned Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, will open to the public on Oct. 9.

Artworks integrated into the museum’s structure are located in eight spots.

Its extensive collection of works by Japanese and foreign artists include Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco’s 1998 work “Ping-Pond Table,” which is a four-way Ping-Pong table with a square water hazard in the center. It is an interactive piece, with visitors actually able to play table tennis using it.

Others include the 2000 installation “I Am In You” by American video and installation artist Doug Aitken and a couple of works by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, including the 1975 collage “Color of the Fight Caught in the Dream.”

The circular building is about 120 meters in diameter and features two floors above ground and two basement floors. It has glass walls, which create a feeling of openness, and four entrances.

The museum also hosts a gallery where the public can display their works, a multipurpose hall and a cafe.