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  • Jun 26, 2024

Kanazawa Museum Reopens After Major Earthquake

Exterior of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Photo by Takashi Okamoto. Courtesy 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

After six months of infrastructure repairs following the Noto Peninsula earthquake, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa fully reopened on June 22.

The devastating earthquake, which registered a magnitude of 7.6 on January 1, 2024 (as well as several aftershocks), swiftly prompted an inspection and maintenance check of the Kanazawa museum’s facilities and equipment. Nippon TV reported that the disaster caused the glass ceiling of the museum’s exhibition hall to collapse.

Last week the institution reopened Argentine conceptual artist Leandro Erlich’s popular installation The Swimming Pool (2004) and multiple exhibitions that demonstrate the museum’s diverse collections, including “Pop-up Art,” showcasing the works of 12 local and international artists that will be displayed at various locations in the museum until July 15; “Collection Exhibition 1,” a presentation of the museum’s collection in celebration of its 20th anniversary that will be on view until September 29; and “Lines—Aligning your consciousness with the flow,” a group exhibition curated by Hiromi Kurosawa that will run until October 14.  

The museum’s public relations manager Ochiai Hiroaki stated: “With the museum returning to its original state and the extension of the (Hokuriku) Shinkansen line, I hope many tourists will visit Kanazawa in the future.”

Camilla Alvarez-Chow is an editorial assistant at ArtAsiaPacific. 

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