アートオブリストは美術館のない大府市で何か同時代の美術/文化を発信する機会をつくれないか?

という提案から、その場所 でしかできない新たな可能性を探る「舘/やかた無し美術館」=思考する美術館

「ブレインミュージアム」の実践として2016 年から 始 ま っ た 現 代 ア ート 展 で す 。

 

ART_OBULIST is a contemporary art exhibition that began in 2016 from a suggestion to introduce contemporary art and culture to

Obu - a city without art galleries. Thus “Brain Museum”, “a museum unconfined to a building” = a thought-provoking art museum was

implemented where new possibilities can only be discovered at that given place.

 

今回のArt Obulist 2018では、展覧会のタイトルを「見るなの座敷」とし、大府市大倉公園内に既設の旧大倉和親別邸を使い

5 名+1 組の国内外から招聘したアーティストで展覧会を構成します。展覧会のタイトルの「見るなの座敷」は、日本各地に

伝承されている民話の名前です。私自身の記憶をたどって、あらすじを記してみます。

 昔、若者が自分の住んでいるところよりも、外にはもっと素晴らしい場所があるのではないかと思い、一緒に暮らしていたウグイスを

逃がし旅にでた。数日後、道に迷ってしまい、右往左往していると暗がりの中に1 軒の家を見つけた。1 晩泊めてもらおうと、扉をたたく

と女主人がこころよく出迎え、中に入れてくれた。次の日、女主人は「これから5日間出かけますが、退屈しないように家にある5 つの座敷

のうち4 つを1日1 部屋開けて楽しんでください。ただし、決して5 番目の座敷は開けないでくださいね。」と言い残して外出した。

若者は障子を開け、それぞれの座敷に入ってみた。1 つ目から4 つ目までは、それぞれ春、夏、秋、冬の美しい景色が広がっていた。

四季それぞれの気持ちになった部屋を4つ楽しんだ後、いったい5 番目の座敷には、どんな気持ちになる風景が広がっていることだろうと想い、

ついに障子を開けてしまった。開けてみると、そこには荒涼とした風景の中に1羽のウグイスがいた。一鳴きすると飛び去ってしまった。

あとには今まであった座敷も立派な家も無くなり、若者は何もない中で立ち尽くすだけだった。この他にも様々なストーリーがあるようです。

「見るなのタブー」とも呼ばれています。

「見るなの座敷」が何を伝えているのかは限定できませんが、この話をアーティストの作品探究と重ねてみたいと思います。

 

 アーティストは作品の究極を探す旅に出ました。様々な感覚の場所を体験し、やっとのことで落ち着く場所を見つけたのですが、

ばらくするとまだ何か素晴しい場所があるのではないかという衝動が湧いてきました。再度旅に出ると、ついには見てはいけない、

けてはいけない場所にたどり着きました。そしてその時、探していた何かが「解った!」と思ったのです。その瞬間、アーティストは、

品の善し悪しが無くなり、描く気力も無くなってしまいました。

今回、旧大倉和親別荘で展示するアーティストが、見てはいけない座敷を開けたかどうかは、わかりませんが。

 

Art Obulist 実行委員会 渡辺英司

 

This year, I decided to give the exhibition the title of “Don’t look inside theroom”. I utilised the existing buildings formerly known as the OKURA

Kazuchika Villa in Okura Park and invited 5 individual artists and a groupworking together collectively from within Japan and abroad to create the

artworks. The exhibition has the same title as that of a Japanese folktalethat has been passed down for generations. I will attempt to give a brief

outline of that folktale to the best of my recollection.Once upon a time, there was a young lad who thought the world outside where he was

currently living must be so much more wonderful and exciting that he set free the nightingale he was living with and went on a solo journey

to explore the world beyond. Several days later however, he had become hopelessly lost and whilst wandering around aimlessly in the darkness,

he gradually stumbled across a house in the woods. Just as he was about to knock on the door to ask its owner if he could stay the night,

the lady of the house, a woman with a pleasant and cheerful disposition opened the door and welcomed him into her home.

The next day, the woman said to him “I need to go out and I won’t be returning for the next five days. Just so you don’t get bored, there are five

rooms in this house. Please open the door to a different room each day. However, whatever you do, please do not open the door to the fifth room

in the house” and with those final words of caution, she left the house. As instructed, the young lad entered each room one by one as each day

passed. Each of the first four rooms opened up into one of the four seasons with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. After going into each of the

first four rooms and being amazed by the wonderful sights, sounds and smells that each season had to offer, the youth was curious to know what

possible sensations and scenery could be awaiting him in the fifth room and so without pausing to think of the woman’s cautionary words before

she left, he slid open the shoji door to the fifth room. When he opened the door to the fifth room, a desolate and bleak scene unfolded before him.

And what he saw in the middle of that scene was a solitary and forlorn-looking nightingale. And with a squeak, the nightingale took flight

and disappeared into the darkness. At that moment, everything around him including all the rooms and even the house itself vanished into thin air

leaving the youth standing in the middle of nowhere surrounded by nothingness.

 

Aside from this tale, there are many other similar stories and tales. These stories are also sometimes called “Things Not to Do”. Although I cannot

say with certainty what the moral of the story is, I do however think that I wanted to try applying this story to the quest artists go on when creating

their artworks and creations. The artists themselves went on a journey to discover the limits of their creations. They went to different places to

experience various sensations. And just when they thought they had finally found a place they felt comfortable in, then not long after, thoughts about

whether or not there are even more wondrous places out there start to spring up. And when they embark upon yet another journey, they arrive at a

place they cannot look at and cannot open. Then at that moment, they figure out what it is that they have been searching for. And at that precise moment,

the creation is neither good nor bad and the artist completely loses their energy to continue with their creation.

For this year’s exhibition at the former OKURA Kazuchika Villa (Kyukeito/Kanrito), I cannot say whether or not the artists were able to look inside any

rooms they weren’t supposed to.

 

art of member of the executive committee WATANABE Eiji