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Exhibition Light Scapes

Yasuhiro Chida (JP)

22/3/2024 – 23/3/2024 | 19:00-23:59
26/03 – 21/04/2024 | 10:00-18:00 | TUES – SUN


The Light Scapes exhibition will present the work of the Japanese artist Yasuhiro Chida in the premises of the Museum of Church Art in Pilsen.

Minimalist light installations can make a strong impression on visitors and make historical spaces and valuable museum exhibits stand out. Yasuhiro Chida's works explore themes such as space and nothingness, silence and sound, light and darkness, stillness and movement. The works will charm both discerning professionals in the field of visual arts and those who like to be caught up and carried away by the power of contemporary art without necessarily having any deeper awareness of it. Yes, children belong in this group too!


Yasuhiro Chida is one of the most important light art artists today. He regularly exhibits in Europe, Asia and the USA. He is not exhibiting in Pilsen for the first time either, you could see his works as part of the previous editions of the BLIK BLIK festival of art and light.

As part of the exhibitions, there will be events for the public, guided tours and creative workshops for schools. For up-to-date information, follow the ZČM website.

*The exhibition is not barrier-free

WHERE | Museum of Ecclesiastical Art Františkánská

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WHERE | Well in the middle of the Garden of Eden, BLIK BLIK only

The artwork is site specific. The well is an in-between space on its own. Here, too, the artist works with the most basic laws of physics such as gravity or hydrostatics which represent a certainty. Wel is an old English word for well, abundantly, very really, certainly.

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Brocken 1

WHERE | Cross corridor
Sound composition: Yasuhiro Chida

The central theme of this work is nothingness. The viewer is surrounded by thousands of light rays. Just the viewer, the rays and the experience. It is an experience of nothingness (space) created by nothingness (holes).

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WHERE | Chapel of St. Barbara

A beam of light rendering the mountain ranges, which is only perfected by our imagination and experience. 

Digital audiovisual devices always have their limits in terms of resolution. We are constantly trying to improve and advance them, in an effort to offer us the most complete experience. But we can only get that when we get out of our offices and living rooms and look around us. The world around us is of the highest resolution and offers the best experience.



WHERE |  First floor
Sound composition: Asako Miyaki


Although at first glance this work may resemble the universe or the movements of celestial bodies, it is not actually a representation of anything in particular. What is the most powerful experience for a person? That is what this artwork tries to capture. 

Chida tries to answer this question through a search for the limits of human perception. In his fieldwork in mountains, caves or architectural spaces, he explores the influence of space and time, light and darkness on our perception. Myrkviðr draws on these experiences and Chida creates space by reducing it to an absolute minimum. Just moving light and fibres. And yet, what emerges is something that resembles an infinite universe. But it's not just the universe that surrounds our planet, it's the universe as a whole. Even the one within us, because we are part of it. Every cell of us. Every drop of water. A speck of dust. A millimetre of nylon fibre that is also part of the universe. A universe that materialises before the viewer's eyes. At your fingertips. 

Myrkviðr is the Norse mythology term for "dark forest".



WHERE | Summer refectory
Sound composition: Yasuhiro Chida

You are surrounded by 20 kilometres of thin white fibres. If they weren't there, you probably wouldn't even notice the space around you. 

What defines the space around us? How do we capture and materialise it? This question has been asked by artists in the past in an attempt to translate space into surface, and it is also asked by contemporary Japanese light artist Yasuhiro Chida.

We don't perceive space - we can't see it, we can't touch it. We perceive rather what disturbs it, what enters it. Physically, space is defined as an infinite three-dimensional formation conceived in three linear dimensions. Sometimes we find that we are comfortable in a certain space - whether we are outside or inside - and we don't know what exactly it is. We can capture space through body movements - think of dancers or athletes, and how they define space through their bodies.



WHERE | Former monk's cell

The idea for this artwork is based on the "shishi-odoshi" (scare deer), an object in a Japanese garden made of bamboo. The shishi-odoshi gradually fills with water, tilts, hits a stone on the ground and makes a sound. The Japanese discovered the beauty of "ma" in it - the power in the spaces in between. In this work, Chida converted a sound object into a light object. 

0.04 illustrates the relationship between the basic elements of the universe - time and space - by using light and applying two laws of physics - the surface tension of water and gravity. It represents a small fragment of our perception, thinking and imagination. 

0.04 ml is the volume of one drop of water.



WHERE | At the reception

Kalamatoria is a sculpture that is not made of traditional materials such as stone, metal or wood. It is made up of an empty space defined by thin golden wires. Do you perceive this space that is otherwise invisible and untouchable? 216 airy cubes float before you. The cube is perfect - symmetrical and simple. This work represents the beauty of space itself.



Guided tour of the Light Scapes exhibition
Wednesday 4/10 from 4:30 p.m

Guided tour of the exhibition with expert commentary. As part of the program, you will learn more about the artist, his work, the exhibited works and how the exhibition was created. Among other things, the topic will be the Japanese concept of "ma" (interspace), and how it is captured in the works of Yasuhiro Chida.

Free with purchased ticket.

Family forenoon in the Garden of Eden

Sunday 21/4 from 10:00 a.m.

Picnic at the museum? In the Garden of Eden? Why not! We will provide blankets and drinks. You bring a ball of wool. We will be inspired by the work of Yasuhiro Chida and we will create new spaces and learn to perceive them.

Free with purchased ticket.


Guided tour of the Light Scapes exhibition / Landscapes of light for schools

26/03-21/04/daily except Monday
Duration: 60 min
Price: CZK 50/student, pedagogical support free of charge
Contact: Linda Suchánková, 774 027 078
The exhibition is suitable for 2. st. Primary and secondary school

Dear teachers,
we would like to invite you and your students to the exhibition of the world-famous Japanese artist Yasuhiro Chida LIGHT SCAPES / LIGHT SCAPES, which is part of the Blik Blik light festival. Enter a world of light miracles and spatial experiences, where the past meets the present and information overload gives way to harmony and peace. We bring you a unique opportunity to penetrate the fascinating world of contemporary Japanese art and get to know the concept of "ma" (interspace) in the former monastery, now a museum of ecclesiastical art (Františkánská street).

The aim is to offer new ways of perceiving space and to become familiar with information hygiene and mindfulness techniques, which can strengthen mental resistance to modern challenges.
The guided tour includes an introduction to the topics of the program, a tour of the works and parts of the museum, creative practice of mindfulness techniques and a space for discussion where students can share their impressions and experiences.

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