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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art

金沢21世紀美術館

A good place to beat the present 37 degree Centigrade heat after visiting Kanazawa Castle and Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa is the 21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art.

21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Fully air-conditioned and with Morning Glory flowers growing up over the glass walls to further shade the building, the museum was providing a welcome refuge for the tourist hordes coming from Kenrokuen's Mayumizaka entrance just across the road.

21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Even a tour group from Barcelona were finding the summer weather hard-going in Kenrokuen, so a cooling off period is just what is needed after all that outdoor sightseeing.

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art which opened in 2004 is a beautiful, cool, low-rise glass circle by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa and features contemporary art from around the world.

One particularly popular exhibit was the submerged swimming pool with a glass roof which visitors can enter through a basement floor and look up at people taking their photos from above. Fun.

21st Century Museum Of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

At present the museum is showing two excellent exhibitions: Passion Complex: Selected Works from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and My Civilisation: Grayson Perry - a selection of works by the eccentric UK ceramic artist with his alter-egos of Claire the transvestite and Alan Measles, the teddy bear.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
1-2-1 Hirosaka
Kanazawa
920-8509
Tel: 076 220 2800
kanazawa21.jp
Admission 1000 yen

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