Meoto Tori, 2021, Komatsu stone, ca. 200 x 240 x 160 cm & ca. 200 x 360 x 160 cm © Leiko Ikemura and VG Bild-Kunst Bonn and Festival MANAZURU, 2021
© Festival MANAZURU, 2021.

Artists: Hossein Golba, Sachi Hasegawa, Satoshi Hirose, Leiko Ikemura, Tatsuo Kawaguchi, Kota Kinutani, Taro Kitagawa, Atsuhiko Misawa, Rieko Otake, Keizo Tawa, Atsuya Tominaga.

Leiko Ikemura's work "Meoto Tori" is on view at the stone square in Manazuru.


"Festival MANAZURU. SCULPTED STONES 2021" open on November 1, 2021. Manazuru Peninsula is a small peninsula in the western part of Kanagawa Prefecture. Although it is located in the center of tourist spots such as Odawara, Hakone, and Atami, it is not very well known. However, Manazuru is not only rich in nature, surrounded by the blue sea and mountains, but is also known for its sacred stone sites such as Mitsuishi and a rare stone called komatsuishi. In 1963, the International Sculpture Symposium was held in Manazuru, a place of mystical power with a variety of legends and lore. Twelve sculptors from around the world participated and exchanged ideas, creating stone sculptures using komatsu stone as the material. In "Festival MANAZURU. SCULPTED STONES 2021," as if digging up the history of this globally important symposium, 11 artists active in modern Japan will once again create sculptures using komatsu stone, and all the works will be completed and permanently installed on the Manazuru Peninsula.

The director of the festival is Tsutomu Mizusawa, director of the Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama, and the nomination committee consists of Meiji Hijikata, former deputy director of the Hiratsuka Museum of Art, Koko Okano, deputy director of the Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum. With the help of other many people, the installation of all the artworks will be completed next month after three years.

Source: Official Facebook page for "Everybody Needs a Rock"



The year before the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, the world's first sculpture symposium was held on the Manazuru peninsula located in the southwestern part of Kanagawa Prefecture. At this symposium, 12 sculptors from Japan and abroad worked on sculptures using the famous stone komatsuishi from Manazuru and transformed the Manazuru Peninsula into a center of artistic production. When the Olympics were held the following year, the 15 sculptures they produced were displayed at Shinjuku Gyoen, and they received a great response.

With the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics being held again in 2021, about 60 years have passed since this historic event and sculpture festival.

The Manazuru Stone Sculpture Festival brings together notable artists and up-and-coming young artists. Like the previous symposium, art works made from komatsuishi are produced on the Manazuru Peninsula, and various events such as public works, talk shows, and workshops are held. It is an art festival that fuses the charm of the stone and art, and sends the Japanese stone culture to the world through the festival.

Phase 1: September 20 to November 30, 2019
Phase 2: from 1st November 2021 ongoing

The exhibition "Everybody Needs a Rock" at Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum, where works of Leiko Ikemura are shown, is related to the Manazuru Sculpted Stones Festival.


Source: Art Manazuru

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