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Karuizawa New Art Museum

 Art installation at the Karuizawa New Art Museum and artist talk of Noriko Shimizu. Photo credits: Tetsuya Fukui, Keiichi Nakamura and Ryosuke Cohen

Art installation at the Karuizawa New Art Museum and artist talk of Noriko Shimizu. Photo credits: Tetsuya Fukui, Keiichi Nakamura and Ryosuke Cohen

 "Free Ride" by Entropy

"Free Ride" by Entropy

The Karuizawa New Art Museum (KaNAM) currently shows a painting from my new series about abandoned places. After my Circus of Curiosity, I’m now throwing the viewer into the surreal world of an amusement park graveyard. A girl is dancing round and round like a carousel, but the pulsating life of the amusement park stopped. Nature already reclaimed the place and transformed the brightly colored carousel into a rusting and rotting still-life portrait. No more whirling rides and bizarre attractions.

I am proud to be part of this international group exhibition at the Karuizawa New Art Museum. The museum is dedicated to Japanese and foreign modern art, which is a perfect match for the mail art that initially developed out of the Fluxus movement. The exhibition runs until September 22nd and it takes an hour on the Shinkansen from Tokyo to get there. The open glass building design emphasizes the museums’ increasing contemporary collection. A must to see if you like modern art and architecture!