photo: SAIKI Taku
Knit Pavilion − Knit Cafe in My Room
|Artist||HIROSE Mitsuharu ×NISHIYAMA Minako|
|Material/ Technique||woolen yarn, steel, fake fur, etc.|
|Copyright Notice||© HIROSE Mitsuharu|
© NISHIYAMA Minako
|Year of acquisition/ donation||2009|
|Description||HIROSE Mitsuharu: Born in Saitama, Japan in 1955. Lives and works there.|
NISHIYAMA Minako: Born in Hyogo, Japan in 1965. Lives and works there.
Hirose Mitsuharu started knitting as a child. His knit pieces, which demonstrate exquisite technique, are highly regarded both in Japan and overseas. Hirose also puts energy into promoting the importance of knitting and other creative endeavors. Meanwhile, Nishiyama Minako first attracted attention as an artschool student when she began creating artworks that focus on the pervasiveness within Japanese society of the color ‘pink’ and the aesthetic of ‘kawaii.’ In recent years she has begun to explore increasingly substantial themes with works that also make use of architecture and space. "Knit Pavilion – Knit Cafe in my Room" was the result of a collaboration between these two artists from two different fields.
This is a commissioned work exhibited as part of the “Hirose Mitsuharu and Nishiyama Minako: Knit Cafe in my Room” exhibition, a long-term project held at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa in 2009-2010. While Hirose is known for his unique knit pieces that display his superb technique, Nishiyama is known for her exploration of issues such as individual and collective dreams and fantasies using her own peculiar sculptural language. This work, the result of a unique collaboration between two artists from different fields, crosses a range of different spheres including art, knitting, and public and private space.
This Collection Data page contains the works and materials in the collection of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, as of April 1, 2018.
Artists are listed alphabetically by artist’s surname.
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