Message from the Director

This exhibition presents works of arts that feature practices of connecting to the world through the act of listening. In recent years, works that focus on what and how we listen, to remind us of and reappreciate various phenomena that have been neglected, are drawing attention. This concern rose with fragments of "soundscapes," but their contexts have become quite diverse and complex the more important they become in a world full of accidents where human beings are forced to struggle. Arts Maebashi has conducted art projects through reaching out to the community and having conversations with people from conspicuously different fields. These experiences have made us aware that it is important for each of our projects not to be self-sufficient, but to bring organic connections to such diverse people and the environment around us. If we listen consciously, we will become aware that we are dependent on one another. If we realize this, listening can be connected not only to music but also to anthropology and history, as well as to the demand of one's rights and the practice of nursing care. In other words, it can connect the fields of politics, welfare, and environment. In addition, this exhibition was organized with hopes of encouraging interest in how one can listen to a past event in a place as well by consequently viewing another ongoing exhibition at the museum, "Memory of Place: Anamnesis." We express our deepest gratitude to the collectors and contributors to the catalog and those who cooperated with us to make this exhibition possible. We express our sympathies and prayers for the recoveries of people physically and economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated for safe and enjoyable experiences of art in Arts Maebashi.

Arts Maebashi

Exhibition Outline

Dates: December 12, 2020 (Sat) -
March 21, 2021 (Sun)
Close: Every Wednesday
December 28, 2020 (Mon) - January 4, 2021 (Mon)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
※Last entry is at 17:30
Admission: Adult 500 (300) yen, University students and Over 65 years old 300 yen. Fare in brackets are rates for group of 10 or more. Free for High school students and under, those with physical disability certificate, plus one caregiver.
*Free entrance on the day of City Festival on January 9, 2021 (Sat)
Organizer: Arts Maebashi
Sponsers: The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, National Culture and Arts Foundation
Support: The Australian Embassy, Tokyo, THE JOMO SHINBUN, GTV Co., ltd. FM GUNMA, Maebashi City FM, MAEBASHI Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Concurrent Exhibition

Memory of Place: Anamnesis

Dates: October 22, 2020 (Thu) – March 21, 2021 (Sun)
Close: Every Wednesday
December 28, 2020 (Mon) - January 4, 2021 (Mon)
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
※Last entry is at 17:30
Organizer: Arts Maebashi
Artists: ARIMURA Shintetsu, ISHIUCHI Miyako, ITO Zon, IWASAKI Takashi, OMI Tatsuo, KATO Akira, KANEKO Hidehiko, KIGURE Shinya, KODA Chie, KONDO Yoshio, SHIRAKAWA Yoshio, TSUGAMI Miyuki, NAKAMURA Kazumi, FUKUDA Tentaro, MASUDA Hirofumi, YAMAGUCHI Kaoru
▼From December 12th
Irwan Ahmett & Tita Salina, KAWAGUCHI Tatsuo, KUSAMA Yayoi, SUGA Kishio, SEKINE Nobuo, CHO Shigeyuki, TEYUYA Yuken, BAE Young-whan
Admission: Free
※Ticket for the “Listening: Resonant Worlds” can also be used to see the works by artists who will participate in this exhibition from December 12.


[Public transportation]
A ten minutes’ walk from JR Maebashi Station/A five minutes’ walk from Jomo Chuuou Maebashi Station

By car, 15 min, from Maebashi Exit of Kanetsu Expressway.
4 hours free ticket for car park with P mark in the following map.

Access map to Arts Maebashi