Thoughts on Sparseness and Density

The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama reopens its door on April 24, 2021, after three month closure for construction. The first exhibition Somitsu-ko: Thoughts on Sparseness and Density focuses on our sense of distance, and provides an opportunity to reexamine its change  in the COVID-19 crisis from the perspective of art.



[Outline of the Exhibition]

In 2020, the spread of COVID-19 has changed the lives of people all over the world. In order to prevent the spread of the virus, we have been urged to avoid “crowding” and keep social distancing. Therefore, we cannot help but be aware of the distance between us, and the space we are in.

The days when we could freely come and go anywhere, gather together and engage in activities, and communicate with people without hesitation, have changed drastically, and we are now required to restrict or refrain from doing so in many situations. The days when we could be “close” with no worries have become a kind of nostalgia, and now we are forced to adapt to the “new normal,” seeing various trials and errors around us.
Artists from all over the world, past and present, have confronted the theme of space and approached it from a variety of perspectives. Among them, “sparse/dense” features are important elements that determine the nature of artworks. This exhibition explores the distance between people in a space of artworks, and introduces works that are conscious of sparseness and density, such as blank spaces and accumulation, in order to reconsider the relationship between people and things in a space.

General Information
Venue: The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
Period: April 24, 2021 – May 30, 2021
Open hours: 9:30 a.m. –5:00 p.m. (Last admission: 4:30 p.m.)
Closed on Mondays *Open on Monday May 3 and closed on Thursday May 6, 2021.
Organized by: The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama

Admission Fee
Adults: 520 (410) yen
University students: 300 (260) yen
* The price in brackets is group rate (20+)

Admission Free
– Under 18 (High-school students), over 65, the disabled, and foreign students studying in Wakayama
– Free entrance for University students on April 24 and May 22, 2021 (the fourth Saturday of the month)
– Free entrance on May 2, 2021 (the first Sunday of the month)

For further information, please check the website of the Museum of the Modern Art, Wakayama.

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