Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) Exhibition Series Vol.5 Idetsu Kyoko "Slow to Act "


A series of exhibitions that have been held at MonET since 2023. A guest curator will select one artist to present an exhibition.

On the Occasion of the Opening of a Series of Exhibitions

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale has been working to revitalize the community through art. In order to make the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale even more community-based, we will explore new possibilities for the region and the arts, meet artists who will lead the future, and create new collaborations.Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) plans to organize a long-running series of exhibitions starting Every two months in 2023.

Kitagawa Fram (General Director of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale)

Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series Vol.5

Idetsu Kyoko "Slow to Act."

Idetsu Kyoko  is a mother of two children, ages 10 and 7. The reason why I introduce such a personal information is because such “life” is exuded in her works. For example, in the text accompanying “Midday festival,” she says, “Still, we have children, and we have no choice but to expose our faces to the daylight. It’s not fashionable or anything.” She wrote. It is the expression of such complex or natural feelings that gives her works a disquieting atmosphere beyond the silliness of children’s drawings.
Her works are highly acclaimed overseas, and for the past two years she has had a series of solo exhibitions at galleries in New York, Paris, and Los Angeles. In other words, it has been difficult to see her works in Japan, but for this exhibition, She will show more than 10 new works.
The exhibition was a mixture of fun, nostalgia, sadness, and honest feelings about the future. Please come and experience her world, where various emotions are mingled in a roundabout way.

Hosaka Kenjiro (curator of this exhibition)

“Midday festival “Photo by Sakamoto Osamu

Outline of the exhibitions

Dates: April 13 (Sat) – June 9 (Sun), 2024 (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)
10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Individual tickets (¥1,200 for adults / ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students)
Fees include admission  Museum on Echigo-Tsumari(MonET) permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.

Related event: Artist Talk

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024 from 13:00
Place: Museum on Echigo-Tsumari(MonET)
Fee: Included in the museum admission fee

「Rejuvenating water (Botox) 」 Photo by Sakamoto Osamu

「Don’t tell me to be thankful.」  Photo by Sakamoto Osamu

Artist Profile

Idetsu Kyoko
Born in Tokyo in 1986 and currently lives there. Graduated from Tama Art University.
Recent exhibitions: solo show, Crevecoeur, Paris, 2023; solo show, “I want to wear a warm sweater.” BridgetDonahue, NY, 2022; group show “Natsuyasumi,” Nonaka-Hill (LA),
2020 solo show “He had no choice but to do so. “, Brulee (Shunsuke Imai Studio), 2019 solo show “Emotion,” ArtCenterOngoing (Tokyo), 2017 solo show “Draw me a beautiful picture to hang in my house.” LUCKY HAPPY STUDIO (Tokyo), etc.

Guest Curator

Hosaka Kenjiro (Director, The Museum of Art, Shiga)
Kenjiro Hosaka was born in Ibaraki in 1976. He worked at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo from 2000 to 2008, and has been in his current position since 2021. Major exhibitions he has organized include “Francis Bacon Exhibition” (2013), “Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art from Japan” (2014-15), and “Koe-noma: Gozo Yoshimasu, Full-body Poet” (MOMAT, 2016). He is also a member of the “Visions of the City” nomination committee of the Obayashi Foundation and an expert member of the Art Promotion Working Group of the Cultural Economy Subcommittee of the Cultural Affairs Council of the Agency for Cultural Affairs.
Photo by Kioku Keizo


Date and time Vol.5 April 13 (Sat) - June 9 (Sun), 2024 Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays except holidays
10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30)

Museum on Echigo-Tsumari

Admission Adults 1,200 yen / Children 600 yen
Fees include admission to the Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) permanent exhibition and special exhibitions.
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