What kind of presence do animals have for us in the modern world? Looking back over the history of humankind, animals have constantly been by our sides, as important family members and companions, as dangerous enemies threatening our lives, and as sacred spirits beyond human understanding and as their messengers. As well, animals continue to play a special, indispensable role not only in our spiritual lives, but also in our physical lives in the form of hunting, agriculture and livestock farming. However, this relationship with animals nurtured over time has not always been full of harmony. In fact, today, due to the impact on the global ecosystem of advances in civilization and in science and technology, the connections between humans and animals are being lost and in the process falling into disarray.
All Living Things reexamines the complex relationship between modern humans and animals through the diverse artistic expression of 14 artists on the theme of animals. All manner of encounters with strange animals born out of the human imagination—including paintings and sculptures, photographs, videos, manga and poetry—await you at the museum. Perhaps the vital energy and dynamism of the artworks will help unravel the norms and stereotypes that have contributed to human society’s estrangement of animals, offering a clue to connecting once more.
The preciousness of life that is present in all living things alike. Hurdling the boundaries and gracefully coming and going between human society and nature, the everyday and fantasy, these animals may even reawaken us to the chain of life and to life’s essential value.
- All Living Things
- July 24 – November 29, 2016
- Jul–Aug 10:00-18:00 / Sep–Oct 10:00-17:00 / Nov 10:00-16:30 (entry permitted until 30 minutes before closing)
- Closing day
- Closed Wednesdays (or Thursday if Wednesday a holiday)
- Jul–Oct Adults ¥1,200 (¥1,100)｜High school and college students ¥800 (¥700)｜Elementary and junior high school students ¥500 (¥400)
- Nov Adults ¥1,000 (¥900)｜High school and college students ¥500 (¥400) Elementary and junior high school students Free *rates in parenthesis for groups of 20 people or more
- Vangi Sculpture Garden Museum
347-1 Clematis no Oka, Higashino, Nagaizumi-cho, Shizuoka 411-0931 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)55-989-8787 / Fax: +81-(0)55-989-8790
- The Shizuoka Shimbun and Shizuoka Broadcasting System, Numazu City Board of Education, Mishima City Board of Education, Nagaizumi Cho Board of Education
Access : By car
Take Tomei to Susono IC, then take R246 toward Numazu for 10km.
Take Shin-Tomei to Nagaizumi-Numazu IC or Tomei to Numazu IC then Izu Junkan Expwy (Higashi-Surugawan Kanjo Road) to Nagaizumi IC, turn right onto R246 for 5km.
Access : By train
Take JR Tokaido Line to Mishima station.
Free shuttle bus (25-min. ride) available from North (Shinkansen) Exit.