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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art

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Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-220-2800
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If nothing else the few exhibits in the public area are worth seeing - especially the swimming pool people can stand under!! It's weird and wonderful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

If nothing else the few exhibits in the public area are worth seeing - especially the swimming pool people can stand under!! It's weird and wonderful.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

It was not as fun as i expected, and nothing much to see there. If you have time, can drop by take some pictures with the instalments. if no time, you can just skip it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We only saw the outside and displays in the outer circle of the building as we visited late at night, but we were glad we stopped. Open until 2200 in the summer, these areas have interesting exhibits, including "Man measuring the clouds" and James Turell's Blue Sky Room, which is a square version of the round one he created in... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I've heard about this building during one of the lectures (I study architecture). SANAA got a Pritzker Prize, you see this building and you feel why. It's amazing. If you're not connected with architecture - that's okay too. You will feel this amazing space and see nice art inside.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited when there was an exhibition of contemporary Japanese artists on. Challenging to see the works with polite but constant reminders to my active and curious 5-year old not to run or touch the works. But seeing contemporary art helps challenge how he views materials, colors and perspective. Wonderful public works in the garden that allows him to interact... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

An exceptionally great modern art museum. Loved the design of the building, the curation of the exhibits and the way they open the mind to new and exciting themes in Japanese art

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Amongst the greenery and lush nature in historically rich Kanazawa, stood a building so sleek and modern very hard to missed. This sleek, modern and interesting looking building is the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Inside it houses various interchangeable exhibitions ranging from painting, prints, sculpture, installation, digital arts and many more. Take time to stroll through and immerse... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

The 21st Century Museum will suit anyone interested in contemporary Japanese issues as well as Japanese and international contemporary art. The permanent "swimming pool" installation is fun - you can go sub-basement and be "under" the water (or so it appears from the surface). Temporary exhibitions cover a huge spectrum of issues - architecture, the environment, identity - and are... More 

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Lancefield, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We had read much about this museum including the building itself, but in the main we were very disappointed. The only highlight for us was the "swimming pool". However, the museum was full of schoolkids obviously having a great time.

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Lindstrom, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

There is no need to buy a ticket to see eight different outdoor exhibits. I particularly liked The Swimming Pool by Leandro Erlich created in 2004. From above, the pool viewers see what appears to be a deep swimming pool filled with water. The water surface acts as an interface between people above and people standing below (inside the pool).... More 

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Address: 1-2-1 Hirosaka, Kanazawa 920-8509, Ishikawa Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 76-220-2800
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Chubu  >  Ishikawa Prefecture  >  Kanazawa

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