Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series Vol.1


Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) will hold a series of special exhibitions as a new initiative starting this fiscal year. 2023 will feature four exhibitions with four guest curators. The first exhibition will be a solo show by the artist collective “KATAKISHI” from July 1 (Sat).

– Outline of the Exhibition Series 2023 –

Vol.1  July 1 (Sat) – August 27 (Sun)
Shop KATAKISHI in Tokamachi Branch & Dormant Data GP 2022-2023 Archive Exhibition
Guest Curator: Sawaragi Noi(Art Critic)

Vol.2  September 9 (Sat) – November 5 (Sun)
Artist: Matsumoto Yu
Guest Curator: Hosaka Kenjiro (Director, Shiga Museum of Art)

Vol.3  November 18 (Sat) – December 24(Sun)
Artist: Parallel Little Boat Songs (Takasaki Kazuyuki+Nishimura Yu)
Guest Curator: Tsukamoto Mari (Chief Curator, The Museum of Art, Kochi)

Vol.4  January 13 (Sat) – Sunday, March 10(Sun), 2024
Artist: Tanaka Ai
Guest Curator: Hiyama Maaru (Curator / Recruit Creative Center)

Prologue to the Exhibition Series

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

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

Echigo-Tsumari MonET Exhibition Series Vol.1

Shop KATAKISHI in Tokamachi Branch & Dormant Data GP 2022-2023 Archive Exhibition


The “Shop KATAKISHI”, a work resembling a stall selling dead video and image materials collected by KATAKISHI by weight, will open at the Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) on a limited basis. The museum will also present a record of the “Dormant Data GP 2022-2023” and hold an event to interact with the artists.

What is “Dormant Data”?
Data in general that has not been made public, that is not planned to be shown to anyone, and whose existence is known only to you, is tentatively called “Dormant Data” by the artist KATAKISHI. It must be something that you yourself generated, not something you found.

Guest curators : Sawaragi Noi (Art Critic)

Exhibition Period : July 1 (Sat) – August 27 (Sun), closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10:00 – 17:00 (last admission 16:30)

Admission Fee: Individual tickets (¥1,200 for adults / ¥600 for elementary and junior high school students) or a common ticket for “Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2023”.

Related event: "Dormant Data GP Hokushinetsu Cup 2023"

This is a special traveling business version of the “Dormant Data GP” in which data that only you know exists, such as photos buried in your smartphone, compete against each other. Entry is free of charge for everyone. Why don’t you listen to the voice of data lying in a corner of your hard disk or smartphone and witness the reversal of Dormant Data?

Date: Saturday, August 12, 13:00-16:00
Venue: Museum on Echigo-Tsumari (MonET) Corridor
Admission: Free

KATAKISHI is a “material store” formed in Tokyo in 2017 by Arawatari Iwao, Unno Rintaro, and Takamisawa Shunsuke. The number of participating artists changes for each project, but in 2019, Takahashi Pig iron will leave the store, and as of 2023, the core group consists of nine members including Tanaka Kantaro, Oyama Hiho, Shishikura Shinobu, Suzuki Yudai, Oka Chiho, and Mizushima Yume. With being a “store” at its core, it is attempting to establish a unique survival strategy that does not depend on the existing economic system of the art scene.

Sawaragi Noi (Art Critic)

Dates: July 1 (Sat) – August 27 (Sun)
Sawaragi began critiquing art at the end of the 1980s. His numerous publications include “Simulationism” (expanded edition, Chikuma Gakugei Bunko), “Japan, Contemporary Art” (Shinchosha), “War and Expo”, “Post Art Theory” (25th Yoshida Hidekazu Award), and “Shin Bijutsu Ron” (Minister of Education’s Art Encouragement Prize 2009, above, Bijutsu Publishing). Guest curatorships include “Anomalies” (Roentgen Institute for the Arts), “Japan Year Zero” (Art Tower Mito), and “Heisei Bijutsu: Uta-kata to debris 1989-2019” (Kyocera Museum of Art, Kyoto).


Date and time 【period】Jan 14 - Mar 12, 2023 / Closed on Tue & Wed except holidays
【time】10:00~17:00(30 minutes before last entry)

Museum on Echigo-Tsumari

(6 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata, Japan)

Admission Adult JPY 1,200, Child age under 15 JPY 600 (※ ticket includes admission to see the permanent collections as well as to Experience traditional village events.
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