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「世界最小の美術館」新シーズン、あのドクター・中松の特別展が!

トライベッカの裏小路に隠れた老朽エレベーターの中で、週末だけこっそりオープンする〈Mmuseumm〉こと「世界最小の美術館」。いよいよ2016年シーズンの幕開けだ。

Mmuseumm: Standing in the Embrace of Dreamers

text_David G. Imber

As you approach New York City from a distance it appears a relief mounted on the sky, defined by strict lines that connect to form an image recognized everywhere. The sun rises overhead and the streets teem with activity. Dreams coming into action. The straight lines and smooth surfaces that form the skyline aren’t the dreams themselves, however, just the spaces in which they grow. And sometimes in this city dreams can flourish from deep beneath and behind its hard image, in shadier passages, hidden from the streets.
The museum, along with its newer annex a few feet away, opened for its fifth season on April 21st. It’s nestled in an abandoned elevator shaft just twenty square feet in size. Like so much that is New York City, it’s a space where efforts were once realized, that held its own in the light of day, later to fall to obsolescence and obscurity. The survey is of objects found and made, and some that were made, and lost, and unearthed, their stories pieced together with the glue of succeeding history. On paper Mmuseumm looks like a collection of collections of the outlying and arcane, but in fact it is an ongoing act of resurrection and revival.

In the words of its director, Alex Kalman, Mmuseumm is “dedicated to the curation and exhibition of contemporary artifacts, what we consider our cultural DNA, to more richly illustrate, humanize, and understand this modern world.” Its vision is to elevate and to celebrate the aspects of invention that fall by the wayside of conventional notions of progress.
How appropriate, then, that this year Mmuseumm hosts a special exhibition on the life and career of the renowned Sir Dr. Yoshiro NakaMats, fabled inventor and endless dreamer. Though not a household name in this country, Dr. NakaMats has been beloved in the U.S. for decades by those who take notice of things that stand out in the world, begging you to ask why they’re there. Beloved, because few of his peers can enunciate their intentions with the grace and skill the doctor has perfected over a lifetime of practice.

Like the city skyline, from the words that define it, the concept of Mmuseumm looks linear and rigid, because we associate it with the practices of everything else we call “museum”. But words go no distance in describing the feeling of standing inside Mmuseumm, held in its grip. The warmth and intimacy of being enfolded in the dreams and visions of its human creators makes the experience like no other museum you’ve ever visited.
Mmuseumm’s season runs from early April to late November. It is open every Thursday and Friday from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. and every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.