A special exhibition at Matsudai History Museum featuring Nozomi Tanaka’s artworks from ETAT2015

ESSAYPosted : February 8, 2018

Matsudai History Museum is pleased to present an artwork by Nozomi Tanaka which was well received during ETAT2015. The artwork from ETAT2015 is exhibited in new arrangements from Saturday 27 January to Sunday 11 March 2018.

I visited Matsudai History Museum to see artworks by Nozomi Tanaka in the snow in early February. What kind of people could visit in the snowy day like this? The museum has an atomosphere of place where a lost hunter may stop by for a warmth. "We had many visitors yesterday as it was such a lovely day": the caretaker Aizawa-san welcomed me as I opened the heavy sliding door at the entrance. Aizawa-san throw logs into the fire in the hearth for us. I felt very calm as I sat down around the hearth and looked at the burning fire.

Nozomi Tanaka, the featured artist of this special exhibition, started to visit local people and listen their stories since 2014, drew paintings based upon such field work on a scroll and turned them into lantern. Each lantern has painting featuring works and life of the local women in this region and their engagement with heavy snowfall. The ETAT2015 installation consisted of many lanterns hunging from the ceiling in the profound inner room emitted gentle light. The world made of these lanterns reminded us of a microcosm with soft fragrant.

For this exhibition, the artist tore off the lantern drawings, created 35m-long scroll and presented with a weaver on the upper level of the museum. The first thing I saw as I opened the sliding door to the exhibition space was a figure of a dancing creature. The long scroll looked like a creature being spitted from the weaver seemed to be moving around in the exhibition room.

However, I found soft and elegant ink drawings as I looked at it closer and I could almost hear whispering of rabbits. I forgot about time for a while as I was taken into the world of the artwork.

After enjoying the artwork you may join a workshop to make an origami rabbit around the hearth. We look forward welcoming your visit.

◯Related events◯
・Story-telling by local storyteller
  Several times between 13:00 and 15:30 on Sat 24, Sun 25 Feb, Sat 3, Sun 4, Sat 10 and Sun 11 Mar 2018
・Origami workshop around the hearth
  Anytime: making origami relating to the artwork

Opening hours…9:00-17:00 (Last entry 16:30)
  Venue....…..Matsudai History Museum
        (3718 Matsudai, Tokamachi-city, TEL025-597-2138)
  Admission…Adult JPY300 / Children age between 7 and 15 JPY100
◎Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2018 Winter special ticket holder can entre the museum for once between Saturday 24 February and Sunday 24 June 2018.

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