14th Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition

14th Preface to Modern Sculpture Exhibition

Noriaki Kawakita

  The 14th Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition seems to be one of the major milestones. Not only is it 30 years since the first outdoor sculpture exhibition held at Tokiwa Park, which is the foreground of the contemporary sculpture exhibition, but it is also the year of the 70th anniversary of the municipal organization of Ube City. Because it also hits. The theme of this exhibition, including the meaning of praising its gratitude, was set to be “Ube Sanka.” The aim was to make a memorial party both in name and reality.

  As a result, the number of invited artists remains unchanged from the point of view of exhibiting artists, but the number of artists selected in the competition has increased from 10 to 15. Therefore, the exhibition space has become more spacious than before, with the addition of a new area facing the lake side in addition to the park area that has existed so far. Perhaps this exhibition is expected to be even more spectacular than before, with such consideration.

  But it’s not just the number of exhibitors and venues that I predict will be the first milestone. This is because there is a secret hopeful observation that a new wind will gradually begin to blow to this historical outdoor sculpture exhibition itself. Of course, such changes in the contents do not embody at once. It is an artistic change that one day it grows unknowingly, shows shape little by little, and when I notice it, something that was not there before has grown greatly. I am welcoming the 14th exhibition with the feeling that it is in such a year that the buds of such changes will fluctuate somewhere.

  In connection with this, the recent situation of the Soviet Union has caused various ripples not only to us but to the world. Of course, things seem like political, social, or economic aspects for the time being, but the move is not so easy. The trends of many republics, including Mr. Yeltsin, the Russian republic, predict that big changes will eventually occur in the way each ethnic culture has been uniformly regulated by communism for a long time. At the very least, it is certain that different situations will occur in different parts of the world, and that the pervasive movement of culture will start to emerge. In that sense, there is no sign that the movements of the peripheries will be gradually generated in a gradual manner on the earth.

  When I was looking at the Nihon Keizai Shimbun all day long, there was a sentence that I expected from Professor Nobuno Yano of Kyoto University for a new sense of value in the global age. He said the Soviet political change ended with the defeat of the conservatives, and that Gorbachev’s “perestroika from above” will be transformed into “perestroika from below” by the people. Up until now, citizens’ sense of value has been thought of as a political idea, and it was a formula in which citizenship was obtained only by striking a revolution and conservative reaction. The idea that the enhancement of citizen’s “private life” and “family life” is the basis of the true citizens’ happiness has been rejected as capitalist until now. However, it seems that the current situation of the Soviet Union is making a major change in the direction that a good life will come if such a foundation is fulfilled. So Mr. Yano says about Japan.

  ”Our home appliances industry, the automobile industry, and other industries for satisfying everyday lifestyles, although the so-called structures initially seemed to be slamming, were eventually the right choice. It was the pattern of world civilization. Even the structure of the production of consumer products can be changed, and Japan’s “richness” The result is that the world’s eyes can be focused on. “When.

  However, as he noted, Japan achieved a great wealth of things, unlike the Soviet Union, but it reached a cultural richness that was linked to the inner depth of human beings. Not in. As we all know, no matter how much savings you have, or how many stock certificates you have, it won’t soon become a true wealth. Whether it’s billions of dollars or a vast collection of art, it’s undeniable that it’s just a chill of humanity. In Japan today, it is gradually becoming more and more conscious that true happiness, fulfillment of “private life” and “family life”, and moreover, true human well-being are on a different level from that. I feel like there is.

  How and how will true trueness and true human life happiness be realized? To put it another way, this is a major issue for humanity’s destiny, and a major issue related to the new sense of value in the global age. Not only is it answered from outside aspects of politics and society, but it is also deeply involved in the aspects of religion and art as a matter of internal mind. What Ube’s outdoor sculpture exhibition had sought before in other cities also took a step from simple urban planning, formal maintenance of roads, facilities and parks, and built a new connection of green nature and art there. There was a goal to give. There was a desire for harmony between the civic life and the independence environment, as well as a beautiful cityscape, and I tried to softly connect internal mental problems to political and social aspects through the sculpture exhibition. In other words, it can be said that an extremely expensive attempt was made. And it was this kind of high-ranking trial that actually contained the important things that were the contents of the “perestroika from below” mentioned above.

  Looking broadly, the new sense of value in the global age seems to have emerged in the fluctuating Soviet Union for the time being as a pursuit of the abundance of things for the purpose of personal life and a sense of home life. It seems that there is a need for another dimension of internal deepening and fulfillment that should back this up. The demands of each country and region must be met by a new value system that humanity in the global age seeks under their own respective conditions, and at the same time, as a new value system that greatly disappoints.

  The new values ​​should, of course, be in line with the green environment for such a global age, and at the same time be firmly connected to the history and development of life in each region. The theme of this time, “Ube Sanka,” is to anticipate a new sense of value that stands out at such a joint. This is exactly what I mean at the beginning that a new wind will gradually begin to blow from this time.

  The reason for this disjointed discussion is that it was the 30th year of this outdoor sculpture, the 70th anniversary of the city’s enforcement, and it was inspired by trends in the world. It is said that Rome was not built in a day. I hope that Ube’s 14th Contemporary Japanese Sculpture Exhibition will be a meaningful sight as a piece of history, but an important milestone for the next generation.