the source of creativity

 Exhibition Information

Term :
April 9 – June 12, 2011
Closed :
Every Tuesday
May 3 is open.
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.
Venue :
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto GalleryⅠ,Ⅱ.

Organizer by :
Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Art and Culture Promotion Foundation, Kumamoto Nichinichi Press, TKU(TV Kumamoto)
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 :
Kokusai Bunka College, Foundation, Cai Studio
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
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WATER, FIRE and EARTH the source of creativity
This exhibition, “Water, Fire, and Earth, the source of creativity,” brings together a group of artists who deal directly with the sources of imagination and creation. There are eight participating artists, including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Toshikatsu Endo, and Hiroshi Senju, who are all known internationally; Cai Guo-Qiang, a Chinese artist who has expanded the scope of his artistic actions to world scale, and Yusuke Asai, a young Japanese artist who is currently in the limelight; and Richard Long, David Nash, and Andy Goldsworthy, three British sculptors whose names are associated with nature.
The theme of water, fire, and earth is closely connected to the history, geography, and the natural environment of Kumamoto. The usual list of the four basic elements of nature includes air or wind along with water, fire, and earth. We are presenting the work of artists who have created bold and dynamic works of art using these basic elements as materials or themes.
Participating Artists
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Toshikatsu Endo, Hiroshi Senju, Yusuke Asai, Cai Guo-Qiang, Richard Long, David Nash, Andy Goldsworthy

Cai Guo-Qiang, Extension, 1994, Setagaya Art Museum

Andy Goldsworthy, Pebbles around a hole, becoming cloudy, Kinagashima-cho, Japan, 7 December 1987, 1987, Setagaya Art Museum

Hiroshi Senju, Falling Color, 2006, Kokusai Bunka College Foundation

David Nash, Twenty Days in Nikko 6, 1982, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts

Yusuke Asai, The Indoor Forest / The Ground Story, 2010, Aichi Triennale 2010, photo: Wataru Yamada

Hiroshi Sugimoto, The First Seven Days, 1990-2003, Private Collection deposited in the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art,(C)Hiroshi Sugimoto/Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi

Richard Long, Newlyn Circle, 1995, Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima

Toshikatsu Endo, Void-Wooden Boat, 2008, Collection of the Artist

Related Common Events

Artist Talk
(1) Hiroshi Senju
(2) Toshikatsu Endo
Date: (1)April 9 (Sat.) (2)May 1 (Sun.)
Time: (1)13:00-14:30 (2)14:00-15:30
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Yusuke Asai’s Wall Painting
Yusuke Asai is making a big earth painting in the gallery until April 17.
Date: until April 17
Place: GalleryⅠ
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

CAMK Lecture College
Takeshi Sakurai (Director, Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto)
"WATER, FIRE and EARTH the source of creativity"
Date: April 24 (Sun.)
Time: 14:00-15:30
Place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

(1) Let’s Making Mug with embossed Decoration of Leafs!
(2) Let’s Making Relief from Glass and Clay!
Date: (1)April 29 (Fri.) (2)May 3 (Tue.)
Time: 13:30-17:00
Place: Kids Factory
Admission: (1)500 yen (2)1000 yen
Capacity: We can only accept 15 people each.(registration is necessary).
* This workshop is for elementary school students or older.

Ohanasi Tamatebako LIVE vol.11
Recital of Literary Works.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa's Nose, Kuniko Mukoda's Ji no nai Hagaki, and Yosehime from Kumamoto Folk Tale
Reciters: Shiro Honda and Emi Fukushima, RKK Announcers
Date: April 30 (Sun.)
Time: 14:00-14:45
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

Poetry Reading
Date: (1)April 28 (Thu.) (2)May 26 (Thu.)
Theme: (1)Music Instruments (2)WATER, FIRE and EARTH in Kumamoto
Time: 18:00-
place: Home Gallery
Admission: Free

CAMK Yomigatari
Storytelling Hours for Kids.
Date: April 16 (Sat.), May 21 (Sat.)
Time: 11:30-12:00
place: Kids Salon
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: May 14 (Sat.)
Time: 10:30-11:30
Place: Exhibition Space
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.
Capacity: 10 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 April 9, 24, 29 and May 1, 3.
Time: 15:00-15:30
Meeting place: Entrance of gallery
Admission: Entrance ticket is required.

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