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"Ryoichi Majima: Majim Art in Shibukawa"
2000-07-07 until 2000-09-27
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art
Focusing on the theme of eating, Majima has developed a unique
style of art that provide a fresh perspective on the relationship
between art and society and communication between people,
characterized by an approach that goes outside of conventional
artistic frameworks or fashions. Since 1997, he has exhibited work
under the title of Majim art, and with the convenience store of
evolving art as his slogan. Modeled after the familiar interior of a
convenience store, Majim art consists of racks of works produced
by Majima, available to visitors for touching and purchase. However,
rather than sales, the artist's goal is use of the convenience store
format to bring contemporary art back into people's daily lives.
Majim art is also the artist's commentary on real convenience
stores as symbols of consumer culture. All aspects of the
convenience store - the handbook approach to human interaction,
the diversification and homogenization of goods, the fashion and
development, and its strategy, competition, sanitation - make it an
obvious miniature model of today's society.
Having previously appeared in three cities in Japan - Tokyo, Osaka
and Fukuoka - Majim art has developed and evolved with each
showing. The present exhibition brings everything together to
provide a venue for dialog and self-change among the visitors, for
nourishing and energizing the mind, and for self-expression. At this
transition point between centuries, Majim art is sure to provide
much food for thought on the future of art and the future
relationship between museums and society.
In addition to Majim art, which centers around the artist's new
work, the exhibition will extend beyond the walls of the museum to
the neighboring Ikaho Green Bokujo where workshops, a bus tour,
and other enjoyable events will be held as a general introduction to
the world of Ryoichi Majima.