Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

“Tadashi Kawamata - Crossroads” - an exhibition in 2017 at Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum

posted August 26, 2017
Tadashi Kawamata has been working internationally including his continuing engagement with Echigo-Tsumari since his participation in Venice Biennale in 1982. We are pleased to present a wide range of unveiled artworks that have been created as he delivered projects abroad. One could argue that the production process itself is an artwork in case of Kawamata. In a large scale project, he often sets up timbers around an apartment building or public space and presents the entire space including the expected flow of viewers as an artwork. Models and flat reliefs created for realising these projects are not just plans but rather “crossroads” between procedure and consideration and thus independent witness.
Tadashi Kawamata
Since his participation in Venice Biennale in 1982, Kawamata has established that the process of creation itself is his artwork through his exposure to the world. How the audience walk through is part of his large-scale projects when he presents how he engages with a space by putting wood around apartments and public space. Each of the models and plane reliefs, in this context, is not just a plan but rather an artwork capturing the process of reaching that particular stage or phase of creation. He is a pioneer who has introduced the method of installation for presenting his artworks and his recent works are also greatly appreciated.
Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum was launched with the aspiration for running a museum with storage space for artists in Echigo-Tsumari.There are significant number of abandoned houses and closed school in the region and some of them have been turned into a museum or gallery in conjunction with Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale. Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum was renovated and launched as a museum in 2015 in the gymnasium space of a former Kiyotsukyo Elementary School and hosted an opening exhibition, “Four artists: materials and hands featuring Noriyuki Haraguchi, Shigeo Toya, Toshikatsu Endo, and Noe Aoki. The name “warehouse” was given to this renovated gymnasium space with a hope that it will become a platform where master pieces left dormant in artists’ warehouses will be presented to viewers.
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Saturday, October 28 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday, October 29 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Friday, November 3 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday, November 4 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday, November 5 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday, November 11 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Sunday, November 12 2017
10:00 - 17:00
Last entry by 16:30


Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum

1528-2 Kakuma, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan


Adult JPY500 / Children age under 15 JPY250
※ Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Summer special ticket holder has an access to the museum once.

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