Odani Motohiko Phantom Limb

 Exhibition Information

Term :
September 17- November 27, 2011
Closed :
Every Tuesday

Museum hours :
10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (No admission after 7:30 p.m.)
Entrance fees :
Adults 1000yen(800yen)
University/high school students: 500yen(400yen)
Junior high/elementary school students: 300yen(200yen)
*Junior high/elementary school students in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city: Free (With current ID). Parentheses indicate reduced price for groups which in more than 20 people, (Only for adults and university/high school students.).
*The reduced price is also available for those who are physically or mentally handicapped and for people over 65 years of age in Kumamoto city, Fukuoka city, Kagoshima city.
** October 12 is free admission for anniversary commemorating opening.
Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ.

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Cooperated by :
Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Ken Bunka Kyokai (Cultural Association of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Ken Bizyutuka Renmei (Artists' Union of Kumamoto), Kumamoto Kokusai Kankou Convention Kyokai, NHK Kumamoto, FM-Kumamoto, FM791, JCN Kumamoto
Supported by :
This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
FAX. +81-96-359-7892
 Kumamoto Contemporary Art Museum (CAMK) presents an exhibition of Motohiko Odani, working actively in various artistic fields. This is first significant and large scale exhibition of his work to be held in Kyusyu.
 Odani Motohiko has created a body of work using diverse techniques and materials that undermines the conventional notions of sculpture. His unique style of expression and aesthetic sense have won him acclaim both in Japan and abroad, and in 2003 he was selected as one of the artists to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale.
 Odani's works on the themes of physical sensations and psychological states, such as pain and fear, awaken latent thoughts and emotions in their viewers. A dress made of hair, an animal in a restraining device, a mysterious young girl, a samurai's wraith-like emaciated horse: The complex images in the works defy single interpretations and possess an ominous charm that exists somewhere between beauty and ugliness, life and death and the spiritual and the secular. Odani, who possesses a keenly critical understanding of sculpture, has resisted (or taken advantage of) the medium's conventional image of weightiness or substance. Instead, he has given physical representation to “phantoms” - entirely ephemeral sensations or amorphous phenomena. In this exhibition, we explore the essence of Odani's art, bringing together works from early in his 10-year career to the present. Also included are a large interactive installation - a kind of “video sculpture” - and new works exploring natural forces such as gravity and rotation. With Odani's artworks transcending the conventional idea of sculpture and seeking to give visual representation to existence itself, this exhibition pursues new possibilities for artistic expression.
 This exhibition tour has started in last November from Mori Art Museum (Tokyo) and travel for one year. In final place, Kumamoto, will adds new works and reconstruct the plan for our own space. We look forward to see you at CAMK!
Motohiko Odani
 Born 1972 in Kyoto. Received an MFA (1997) from Tokyo University of the Arts and Music. Odani has been included in numerous international exhibitions, including the Japan Pavilion of the Venice Biennale (2003), Lyon Biennale (2000), the Istanbul Biennale (2001) and the Gwangju Biennale (2002).
 Major solo exhibitions include “Phantom Limb” (P-House), “Modification” (Kirin Plaza, Osaka, 2004) and “Odani Motohiko / Hollow”(Maison Hermes, 2009-2010). Major group exhibitions include “Ground Zero Japan” (Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, 1999), “Skin of/in Contemporary Art” (National Museum of Art, Osaka, 2007) and “Bye Bye Kitty!!!: Between Heaven and Hell in Contemporary Japanese Art” (Japan Society , New York, 2011).

Installation in Mori Art Museum
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum

Dying Slave: Spinning, 2009
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum

Phantom-Limb, 1997
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo

SP extra: Malformed Noh Mask Series San Yûjo,2008
Private collection
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo

When I go to see my doctor,1994
Collection: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Photo courtesy: YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo

ERECTRO (Bambi),2003
Collection: Toshiko Ferrier
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo

SP2: New Born (Viper A),2007
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: YAMAMOTO GENDAI, Tokyo

Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

No. 44,2010
Photo: Kioku Keizo
Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum

Related Common Events

Artist Talk
Motohiko Odani talks about his own works.
Date: September 17 (sat)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Talk Session -Motohiko Odani and Kiyoshi Kurosawa-
Motohiko Odani (Artist, Sculptor) , Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Film director)
Odani Motohiko and Kiyoshi Kurosawab talk about their works and the future of video and filem works.
Date: November 3 (Thu.)
Time: 14:00-15:30
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Lecture Collage
Exhibition curator, Aki Ashida (Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto) talks about this exhibition.
Date: October 23 (sun)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Expectant Mother's Tour + Family Tour
Let's enjoy the exhibition with family or friends. While enjoying the museum art, we will show you convenient facilities for future mothers such as the nursing room or play space for children. This offer is children aged 0-6 years accompanied by adults.
Date: October 1 (Sat.)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 7 groups (bookings required)
Guide: Curator of CAMK

Guided Tours
Curator introduces the exhibition’s highlights.
Date: On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
Talks aren't held on September 17, October 10, 23 and November 3.
Time: 15:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

CAMK Events

CAMK 9th Anniversary Commemorative Lecture
Seiichi Sawada (Picture Book Critic, Former editor at Fukuinkan Shoten Publishers)
Date: October 10 (Mon.)
Time: 14:00-
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Toru Iwashita (SankaiJuku) Performance and Workshop
cooperated by KAbuRA
Date: November 12 (Sat.)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free
Date: November 13 (Sun.)
Time: 14:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free
Capacity: 15 (bookings required)
* This workshop is for high school students or older.

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date: September 24 (Sat.), October 15 (Sat.)
Time: 11:30-12:00
Place: Kids Salon
Admission: Free

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE vol.11
Recital of Literary Works.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Rashõmon, Nankichi Niimi's Gon, the Little Fox, and Gawataro from Kumamoto Folk Tale
Reciters: Shiro Honda and Emi Fukushima, RKK Announcers
Date: October 30 (Sun.)
Time: 14:00-14:45
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
“Shitakiri-suzume” by Gekidan Palette
Date: (1) September 22 (Thu.) (2) October 27 (Thu.) (3) November 24 (Thu.)
Theme: (1) Wind (2)Soul and Form (3) Name
Time: 18:00-
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Concert / Film Screenings

Monday Movies
Date&Time: Twice on Monday, 14:00~, 18:00~
Place: 5F Art Loft
Admission: Free

Music Wave
We would like to introduce various music players throughout the year.
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Home Gallery Concert
Concerts daily in the home gallery at 7 p.m.
Admission: Free
Piano Concerts by volunteer staffs of CAMK