Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

Yukihisa Isobe Memorial Echigo Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum: Tatsuo Kawaguchi / Compass of Time

posted March 12, 2019
Tatsuo Kawaguchi has been in the frontline since the 1960s both within and outside Japan. The artist has been creating artworks that presents a contrast between what is visible and invisible while visualising various phenomenon under the overarching theme "relation". Kawaguchi has been participating in ETAT since 2000 and some of his artworks stand as permanent collections in Matsudai area. This retrospective exhibition presents artworks from his early career as well as some of the iconic artworks. There will be re-staging of "relations - farmers work" (an installation of disused tools with seeds embedded in which were found in sheds and warehouse of local people) shown during ETAT2012, one of the essential works representing the relationship of Kawaguchi to Echigo-Tsumari.
Please drop in the shool wing of the museum where you will see the renewed presentation of "World of Yukihisa Isobe - from code to environment".
Tatsuo Kawaguchi

Kawaguchi is one of the most established artists in Japan since his early career began in the 1960s. He has been creating artworks questioning visible and invisible and revelling their relationship. Kawaguchi's artworks, whether visible or invisible, express the existence of materiality, time, space and life and death of a thing.

Yukihisa Isobe Memorial Echigo Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum[SoKo]

This museum was born from the aspiration of establishing a facility in Echigo-Tsumari that would serve as both warehouses of storing artworks as well as a museum of presenting these works. There are a 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 in summer 2016. Since then the museum has presented large-scale exhibitions and transformed itself into a museum featuring artworks of Yukihisa Isobe who inspired Echigo-Tsumari since its foundation in summer 2018. The reason why we call this old school as "soko" (meaning warehouse) shows our aspiration to introduce and present wonderful works which are unveiled and stored in the space.
Click ≫here to visit the official website of[SoKo].
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Event Information


Saturday, April 27 2019 -
Monday, May 6 2019
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday, August 10 2019 -
Sunday, August 18 2019
10:00 - 17:00
Last entry by 16:30


Yukihisa Isobe Memorial Echigo Tsumari Kiyotsu Soko Museum[SoKo]

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


Adult JPY800 / Children age under 15 JPY400

※ Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2019 Spring special ticket holder has access to the museum once.

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