An Argentinian contemporary artist of global repute, Leandro Erlich is perhaps best known in Japan as the creator of The Swimming Pool, a permanent installation at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
From massive installations to videos, Erlich’s works employ optical illusions and sound effects to shake up our notions of common sense. Though what the audience sees may at first glance seem familiar, on closer inspection it proves to be a surprising, unsettling deviation from the usual, in the form of, for example, a boat floating in the absence of water, or people sticking to the wall in various poses. Viewers begin to doubt whether what they see is actually reality, and notice just how much unconscious habit influences the way they look at things.
Covering the entire 25 years of Erlich’s career to date, “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing” will be the largest-ever exhibition devoted to the work of this fascinating artist. Of the 44 works on display, 80 percent will be making their Japanese debut. Through Erlich’s works, we will realize by ridding of our inertia, habit, preconceived notions, and received wisdom that the visible is not all there is to reality, and experience for ourselves, with our newly unclouded vision, the advent of a new kind of world.
Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing
Notice Regarding Photography and Filming in the Galleries
At the exhibition “Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing,” you may take photographs/film the artworks under the following conditions.
When taking photographs/filming:
- Do NOT touch the works of art.
- Do NOT interfere with other visitors’ enjoyment of the museum.
- Do NOT use flash lighting.
- Do NOT use tripods and selfie sticks.
- Filming of video works must be limited to 1 minute maximum.
When using photographs/videos taken of the exhibition:
- Photographs/videos may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Photographs/videos may NOT be used for commercial purposes.
- Photographs/videos may NOT be altered in any ways.
- The conditions above are licensed under the Creative Commons License. When uploading photographs/videos for blogs or any other photo-sharing services, please make sure to display the photograph/video along with such credits as below.
Artist’s name and work title: Leandro Erlich Buliding
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