1ST AICHI TRIENNALE 2010
21 Aug - 31 Oct 2010
Arts and Cities
21 August - 31 October 2010
Artistic Director&: Akira Tatehata
Pier Luigi Tazzi (Art Critic, Independent Curator, based in Italy)
Jochen Volz (Director of Inhoteim Contemporary Art Center, based in Brazil)
Masahiko Haito (Chief Curator of Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)
Hinako Kasagi (Curator of Nagoya City Art Museum)
Takashi Echigoya (Senior Curator of Films, Arts Promotion Service, Aichi Arts Center)
Eri Karatsu (Senior Curator of Performing Arts, Arts Promotion Service, Aichi Arts Center)
Emmanuelle de Montgazon (Independent Curator, based in France)
Fuyumi Namioka (Independent Curator, based in Switzerland)
Hisako Hara (Professor of Osaka Electro-Communication University)
Huang Shih Chieh
Koo Jeong A
Atsuhiko Misawa + Hideki Toyoshima
Hans Op de Beeck
Sun Yuan + Peng Yu
Tsai Ming Liang
Tsang Kin Wah
Cerith Wyn Evans
Showing spectacular works in Aichi’s symbolic urban spaces.
On display at “Spaceship Aqua”, a rooftop facility at the Oasis 21 urban park located in the Sakae district of Nagoya in Aichi prefecture, will be two works by Kusama: “Footsteps of Life”, a group of 15 magenta-colored floating islands with black polka dots, and “Glittering Spaceship in Search of Truth”, which consists of a total of 120 curved mirrors in three varieties and different sizes. The drifting islands blown about by the wind, clouds, TV tower and other elements of urban scenery reflected on the surface of the curved mirrors combine to create an extraordinary vision of the city. This large-scale work, which changes its appearance as day turns into night, also makes viewers aware of the passage of time.
“spectra [nagoya],” a site-specific installation of light and sound, will be on display throughout the night on September 24 (Fri) and 25 (Sat).
This installation combines the intense white light generated by 64 searchlights that can reach the stratosphere with sound waves generated by 10 speakers. The enormous tower of light that will suddenly appear in the heart of the city will change continuously according to the movement of the clouds and rain, and will be visible from anywhere in the Nagoya area. Ikeda’s “spectra” series first won acclaim when it was shown in Amsterdam and Paris in 2008, and in Barcelona in June 2010. It will be unveiled for the first time in Japan at the Aichi Triennale 2010.
Exhibits and performances in harmony with the city and local areas
Around 30 artists will show their artworks in urban spaces such as the Choja-machi site by incorporating the city’s history and landscapes into their pieces. For example, Nobuhiro Shimura will present works that use the eaves of storefronts as a screen, while Lucia Koch will show multicolored works in a spectrum of colors that will be exhibited in a wide range of places including shop fronts and on sunshades.
The Yebisu Festival, which normally takes place in November, will instead be held this year on October 23 (Sat) and 24 (Sun) during the Aichi Triennale. This festival will showcase contemporary art and performances, including a parade with a special float produced by KOSUGE1-16.
2. The cutting-edge
75 contemporary artists / art groups will participate in the Aichi Triennale. The majority of the works will be either newly commissioned or shown for the first time in Japan, and visitors will be able to enjoy cutting-edge works of art from around the world and partake in novel, extraordinary experiences.
The performing arts section of the triennial will feature the world premieres of unconventional, cutting-edge works by 21 artists / groups, including a stage performance by Oriza Hirata and Ishiguro Laboratory (Osaka University) that involves a scientific collaboration between robots and actors.
The Aichi Triennale will be centered around contemporary visual art, but it will also present a program of performing arts and opera that cuts across artistic genres.
The Triennale will showcase performances and installations that invite visitors to take part in encounters that transcend traditional artistic genres. In particular, Gallery G on the 8th floor of the Aichi Arts Center will present experimental works that straddle the border between visual art and the performing arts, including “Laughing Hole,” a collage of fragmented words by La Ribot, and “Chandelier,” a work by Steven Cohen that addresses identity issues entrenched in the slums of South Africa.
4. International perspectives
The Aichi Triennale is one of the biggest international exhibitions in Japan, with participating artists / groups from 24 countries and regions.
The Triennale will also hold and coordinate symposia with other major international exhibitions in Asia, such as the Yokohama Triennale, the Shanghai Biennale, the Guangzhou Triennale, the Gwangju Biennale and the Busan Biennale.
“Den Studio,” a space where children can engage freely in creative activities, will be set up on the 8th floor of the Aichi Arts Center. A series of unique programs will be organized mainly on the weekends during the Kids Triennale, enabling children to create art together with artists.