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ExhibitionsNoboru Tsubaki GOLD/WHITE/BLACK


Noboru Tsubaki (2004–05) <em>Radikal Dialogue</em>
Noboru Tsubaki (2004–05) Radikaldialogue
     This exhibition presents the most recent works by Noboru Tsubaki (born 1953), an internationally renowned artist representative of contemporary Japanese art.  It opens with a beautiful painting of a cloud, created in homage to Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and continues with photographs taken in abandoned mines around the world, documentary footage of a festival of sacrifice in a foreign culture, and suggestions on dismantling the Israeli West-Bank barrier and reusing it as an office instead.  Tsubaki communicates the message that the only way to understand the other (such as foreign cultures) is through extremely straightforward dialogue, and that it is impossible to build a peaceful future without this dialogue.  The exhibition will give us hope in the power vested in art to change society.


Related Events
Membership event: Gallery talk and lecture by the artist
Date: February 28 (Sat.)  12:30–1:10PM
     (meet at 1F Information by 12:20PM)
Place: 1F Lobby/3F Exhibition hall
35 participants maximum; free; reservation required
in Japanese only; details in Japanese located here

Lecture series: “Radikal Dialogue” (hearer: Noboru Tsubaki)
Dates: February & March 2009 (see calendars for details)
Lecturers: Mikinori Ogisu (naturalist); Yukio-Pegio Gunji (professor, Center for Planetary Science, Graduate School of Science, Kobe University) + Yuji Dogane (media artist); Ken-ichi Iwaki (director, MoMAK); Harutsugu Yamaura (MD, author of The New Testament in Kesen Language); Taro Igarashi (architectural historian & architecture critic); Hideki Endo (professor, Comparative Morphology and Dead Body Science, University Museum, University of Tokyo); Ivan Poupyrev (doctor of engineering, Sony CSL researcher)
Place: 1F Lecture hall/Lobby (maximum capacity 100); free
all lectures in Japanese only; details in Japanese located here

Exhibition dates
Tuesday, February 17 – Sunday, March 29, 2009
Please note that the 4F Collection Gallery will be closed during this period (until March 31).

Every Monday

Works on display
Noboru Tsubaki GOLD/WHITE/BLACK: Exhibition checklist

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  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 850 700 600
University students 450 350 250
High school students and younger Free Free Free

Simulation of the exhibition
1F Lobby / 3F Exhibition hall

Ken’ichi Iwaki, “The Metaphysics of Desire: Essay on Noboru Tsubaki”
English-language translation of the essay included in the exhibition catalogue.
PDF (215KB)

Publicity materials
Flyer (design proposal)


Flyer  PDF (825KB)


Pamphlet  PDF (3.66MB)


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