In the centre of the room, the installation „I hope…“ by the Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota (*1972) takes up the motif of the floating world and transforms it into a hovering, three–dimensional landscape. In the sea of red cords, the outlines of three filigree metal boats appear, as do thousands of pieces of paper.
At the artist‘s invitation, people from all over the world have expressed their hopes and wishes in these notes, thus taking part in art and current events.
This unifying idea also guided Kojiro Matsukata and Karl Ernst Osthaus, who brought together current trends in the art of their time in their museums, wanted to encourage their contemporaries to participate and strived for a dialogue between Western and Eastern art. With „I hope…“, the exhibition opens into the present and points to an imagined future.