21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa lets you experience the tranquility of a Turrell Skyspace and stay dry underwater while viewing an undulating sky in Leandro Erlich's Swimming Pool.

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (金沢21世紀美術館)

A two hour train ride from Osaka on the “Thunderbird” took us past Lake Biwa and onwards to Kanazawa. This city, said to be the modern day Kyoto, houses the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. This museum is most famous for the “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich and the James Turrell Room, “Blue Planet Sky”.

"Colour activity house" by Olafur Eliasson
"Colour activity house" by Olafur Eliasson
The “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich
The “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich
The “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich
The "Green Bridge" by Patrick Blanc
The James Turrell Room, “Blue Planet Sky”
The James Turrell Room, “Blue Planet Sky”
Glass-walled hydraulic elevator
Glass-walled hydraulic elevator
The “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich
The “Swimming Pool” exhibition by Leandro Erlich
Kenroku-en (兼六園) Garden
Kanazawa from Kenroku-en (兼六園) Garden
Unknown artwork in front of the southern corner of Kanazawa Castle Park (金沢城公園)