NOISELESS: Akio Suzuki + Rolf Julius

noiselessThis exhibition features two internationally renowned sound artists, SUZUKI Akio of Japan (b. 1941) and Rolf JULIUS of Germany (b. 1939).  Suzuki has presented vanguard sound events and installations, including performances using an instrument he calls the “analapos,” both within and without Japan since the 1960s, and is said to be one of the pioneers of sound installation in Japan.  Julius has produced works in the borderline region between music and art since around 1975, and his Small Music series has received international acclaim from those in the fields of contemporary art and music for calling the origins of sound and vision into question.
     As suggested by its title, the main theme of this exhibition will be minimal sound and silence.  In order to create an appropriately refined atmosphere, the exhibition will be held exclusively in the evening for the first time in the history of the museum.  We hope you will join us in enjoying Suzuki + Julius’s noiseless sound installations in the spring evening, with the cherry blossoms along the Lake Biwa Canal in the background.

Rolf Julius, Musik weit entfernt  (“Music Far Away”)
Berlinische Galerie, 2005


Audio Samples          Video Clips          Related Events          Publicity Materials

Exhibition Dates
Tuesday, April 3 - Sunday, April 15, 2007
* exclusively from 5PM to 8PM (admission until 7:30PM)
Closed on Mondays

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.
Goethe-Institut Kyoto


International Contemporary Music Forum of Kyoto

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 420 yen - 210 yen
University students 130 yen - 70 yen
High school students 70 yen - 40 yen
Junior high and younger Free - Free

Audio Samples
Audio samples (MP3 files) can be downloaded from
the links below.

     SUZUKI Akio, “De Koolmess” (excerpt; 0:01:00/940KB)
     Rolf Julius, “Small Music: Side A” (excerpt;

* Redistribution prohibited.
File format: MP3
Data format: 44.1kHz 16Bit Stereo
Data rate: 64kBit
Photo: SUZUKI Akio, “De Koolmess” (2007/2/17 at MOMAK)

Video Clips
Video clips (MPG files) can be downloaded from
the links below.

     SUZUKI Akio’s installation performance at MOMAK (00:00:10/2.66MB)

* Redistribution prohibited.

Related Events
SUZUKI Akio Homage to Space oto-date discs
Application deadline: 13 April 2007 (Fri.) 8:00PM

Pre-projects: “facing”
(in Japanese only)
Executive body: Professor NAKAMA Yūko’s seminar, Ritsumeikan University
     College of Social Sciences
Date: November 2006-April 2007

Projects: “facing”
(in Japanese only)
Executive body: Professor NAKAMA Yūko’s seminar, Ritsumeikan University + FUJISHIMA Hiroshi
Date: April 2007

Symposium: “Noiseless, the Art of Hearing”
Panelists: Catherine Grout (Art History, Lille)
     Rolf Julius (invited artist)
     SUZUKI Akio (invited artist)
     Ritsumeikan University NAKAMA seminar student representative
          (theme: Sehnsucht for Noiseless)
Host: FUJISHIMA Yutaka (International Contemporary Music Forum of Kyoto
     Planning Committee; Graduate School of Science for Human Services,
     Ritsumeikan University)
Date: April 7 (Sat.)  3:00-5:00PM
     (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: Lecture hall (maximum capacity 100); free
language information TBA

Live Performance: “Noiseless/Soundless”
Date: April 7 (Sat.)  6:00PM-
Place: 1F entrance hall; free

admission for the exhibition not included

Publicity Materials
Poster design proposals (2 types)


Flyer design proposals (exterior/interior)


Flyer (exterior/interior)
PDF file (1.35MB)


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