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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Leandro Erlich: The Ordinary?’

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

“The Swimming Pool” by Leandro Erlich is not one you can dive into. From above it appears as a regular deep pool of shimmering water, but it is actually only 10 cm deep. Suspended over a glass sheet, the “The Swimming Pool” can also be viewed from below. Such playfulness in interpretation turns an ordinary, everyday object into something extraordinary — a feature of Erlich’s works that often toy with human perception.

This first solo exhibition in Japan by Erlich celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary with seven of Erlich’s works that look at elevators, stairs and the sidewalk, and includes the pool; May 3-Aug. 31.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa; 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa, Ishikawa. Kanazawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 076-220-2800; www.kanazawa21.jp