Aichi Triennale
August 11 - October 23, 2016

Every three years Aichi holds a huge international art festival lasting 74 days called the Aichi Triennale. Begun in 2010, the Triennale will be held again this year for the third time between August 11 and October 23 in Nagoya, Toyohashi and Okazaki.

The aim of the Triennale is to showcase new trends in art and to incorporate artists from around the world who are engaged in everything from the visual arts, moving images, music, the performing arts, and opera. It is comprised of a number of events, including some educational programs in which all age groups can have the opportunity to lean and experience new styles of art.

Each Triennale has a theme and this year it is humankind’s creative journey — or “caravan”— to the unknown. It is about the kind of journey that invariably takes the form of an endless quest driven by curiosity.

It is said that art is a journey into the unknown and human activity is likewise an expedition into uncharted territory. The purpose of this art festival is to make this place a “Caravanserai” – a roadside inn for caravans – where travelers can rest and relieve the fatigue from their journey. The goal is to be a gathering point where curious people cross borders, and experience new things as they prepare for the next journey to the unknown.

Aichi’s tradition of making things and reinventing its own artistic traditions makes it an ideal stage from which to promote innovation to a global audience and 119 groups and individuals from 38 countries and regions will participate in the 2016 Triennale. There will also be a large contingent of Brazilians because Aichi, which has one of the largest Brazilian communities in Japan, has a deep relationship with Brazil and the Rio Olympics will take place at the same time.

Over the next three issues NAGMAG will feature the events taking place at the 2016 Triennale. Here is a list of some of the art events we recommend being held in August and the beginning of September!


Jerry Gretzinger

In the summer of 1963, Jerry Gretzinger began filling idle moments at work by doodling an imaginary city map, and he continued expanding it for the next 20 years. Afterward the map was stored away in his attic, but years later he began working on it again and it continues to grow, now consisting of over 3,200, 8 x 10-inch panels. The enormous, vividly colored and highly detailed map of an alternate world, executed in acrylic, marker, colored pencil, ink, collage, cardboard, and inkjet prints, has a breathtaking impact, and it is still growing gradually through Gretzinger’s magical mix of precise, complex rules for execution and purely fantastic structure. “Jerry’s Map” has thus far been exhibited many times in the United States, and in 2015 was featured in the group show Le Borde Des Mondes (Palais de Tokyo, Paris), making bold use of the entire exhibition space and enthralling viewers.

Aichi Arts Center
Aug 11-Oct 23


João Modé

Rhythm is a core aspect in João Modé’s work. Relying on the accumulation of matter and the active participation of a broad public, Modé’s pieces call for a slowdown, inviting the spectator to approach the work’s own dynamic and to take part in it. The “NET Project” is an organic and collective project. It grows out of the hands of the artist as well as any participant – art visitors and otherwise – that feels encouraged to take part in it.

Nagoya City Museum
Until Oct 16

Aichi Arts Center
Oct 17-Oct 23

Toyohashi PLAT Site
Aug 11-Oct 16

Okazaki Kagota Park
8, Kagota-cho, Okazaki-shi
Aug 11-Oct 16


D & Department Project

Designer Nagaoka Kenmei established the store design collective entitled D & Department Project, with the theme of “design for long life”. With 12 locations in Japan and overseas, they have the eventual goal of operating in all of Japan’s 47 prefectures, unearthing and presenting long-lasting, regionally adapted design concepts for each region. In 2009 the group launched “d design travel”, a guidebook reflecting a new approach to tourism, and thus far they have released three issues (covering three areas of Japan). D & Department is engaged in a wide variety of other activities, including creating new rakugo (traditional Japanese comedic monologues) for specific prefectures of Japan, and is constantly exploring new ways to highlight the unique qualities of Japan’s regions through avenues such as retail, dining, publishing, and tourism.

Aichi Arts Center
Choja-machi Area
Aug 11-Oct 23


Shinji Ohmaki

In series such as “Echoes” and “Liminal Air,” Gifu native Shinji Ohmaki has transformed not only museum galleries but also mundane spaces in the urban landscape by applying changes, at times bold and at times delicate, to the volumes, colors, and lighting in the venue, creating an extraordinary environment that can only be experienced at that site. These dynamic installations deliver powerful physical stimuli to viewers, placing them in a seemingly theatrical space while also alerting their senses to the relentless passage of time.

Aichi Arts Center
The Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Nagoya Building
Toyohashi PLAT Site
Aug 11-Oct 23


Liu Wei

Liu Wei is an artist belonging to a generation of Chinese who experienced rapid and dramatic urbanization accompanied by political and economic upheaval. As if responding to this context, Liu creates photographs, videos, and highly abstract yet compellingly urban, colorful, and speed-filled paintings, as well as grandly scaled sculptures and installations employing materials such as books, house elements like doors and windows, and practical, commercially available materials such as leather. Liu is also concerned with urban issues and has keen architectural sensibilities.

Aichi Arts Center
Aug 11-Oct 23


Ciro Guerra

Embrace of the Serpent

The third feature film by this Columbian director, Embrace of the Serpent, is set in the Amazon, which Guerra describes as “the most beautiful, unknown world in Colombia.” Based on the diaries of two white explores who journeyed into the Amazon in the early twentieth century, it relates the memories of Karamakate, a shaman and the last survivor of his tribe, as the memories of the Amazon itself. The result is an epic tale in which the elderly Karamakate’s memories, which come back to him when he meets a botanist and journeys once more into the heart of the Amazon in a canoe, and the mystical world of the Amazon become entwined.

Aichi Arts Center
Sept 3  18:40~

Okazaki Shououji-Temple
2 Matsumoto-cho, Okazaki
Sept 17  17:00~


Agnès Varda

Hi There, Cubans

As a photographer Belgian Agnès Varda travelled to revolutionary Cuba in 1962 immediately after the Cuban Missile Crisis, the trip resulted in the release of Hi There, Cubans, a photomontage made up of 1800 black-and-white still photos Varda shot while in the country. Narrated with a humorous touch by Varda and Michel Piccoli it explores the culture, fashion and customs of Cuba as well as its revolutionary heroes and history (including the revolution), it also conveys the hope and excitement of the young socialist nation enlivened by its success.

Aichi Arts Center
Aug 20  19:40~, Aug 21  19:35~
Sept 3    13:40~, Sept 11  14:20~

Toyohashi City Public Hall
2-22, Hacchou-dori, Toyohashi-shi
Sept 30  19:00~


Aichi native Koji Yamamura’s animated film  Satie’s “Parade”, was produced to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French composer Erik Satie and the centenary of Satie’s completion of the ballet Parade (1916), which he wrote for Ballet Russes. Satie’s essays are quoted and characters based on people involved in the original performance appear in this unique and delightful surrealistic ballet film centered on a festive parade. The music was performed by the Willem Breuker Kollektief.(This will be shown played along with the short film by Agnès Varda).
Aichi Arts Center
Aug 20  19:40~ , Aug 21  19:35~
Sept 3   13:40~, Sept 11 14:20~

Toyohashi City Public Hall
2-22, Hacchou-dori, Toyohashi-shi
Sept 30  19:00~


Dani Lima

Dancer and choreographer Dani stages her productions throughout Brazil and abroad, collaborates with other artists and also teaches workshops and writes dance-related articles for a number of publications. Lima takes as the subjects of her studies the body’s expression in contemporary society, the relationship between self and other, memory and perception, compiled in what she calls “everyday life body poetics.” At Aichi Triennale 2016, she will stage Little collection of everything, a work in which adults and children alike will have fun rediscovering the everyday objects and gestures that are part of playing.

Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater,The Mini Theater
Aug 11  15:00~, Aug 12  19:00~
Aug 13  15:00~,  Aug 14  15:00~

Toyohashi Arts Theater PLAT
Aug 17 & 18  15:00~

D'EspinosaThe Magic Flute

This year the Triennale will present Mozart’s “The Magic Flute”, a fantasy that explores the depths of human existence and the boundlessness of transcending nature. It is a journey through the human struggle with avarice, gluttony… every kind of human desire and contradiction. Humans and super-humans construct a musical world under the providence of nature. In taking on this operatic challenge, the Aichi Triennale presents an opportunity to experience a truly unprecedented example of multi-discipline art.

Aichi Prefectural Arts Theater,The Theater
Sept 17 & 19  15:00~

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