Aichi Triennale – Nagoya Gets Set For 3 Months of Awesome Art!

 

The Aichi Triennale is back!  First held in 2010 this multi-faceted, multi-venue series of contemporary art exhibitions and performances returns this month.

Since the Aichi Triennale was last held, the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, 2011, has quite literally shaken Japan to its core. This year the Triennale aims to focus attention on Japan’s current situation with the title theme: Awakening-Where Are We Standing?-Earth, Memory and Resurrection.

This poignant focus is meant to inspire people to question their identity while living in the wake of such an overwhelming tragedy; simultaneously wrestling with an existing social-framework that is in a state of flux. Artistic director Taro Igarashi hopes to “summon up memories and resurrect hope.”

Brilliant creations have already begun to bring new life to Nagoya, highlighting the city’s urban spaces and celebrating the spirit of rediscovery. Taiwanese artist Kuo-Chang Liu has installations in the Fushimi Underground Shopping Street in the Choja-machi district.

His unique project is a transformation of shop faces into giant blueprints that hold a depth perspective true to the dimensions of the shops themselves. As well, the area between Marunouchi and Fushimi (near Coat of Arms) has been graced with the magnificent mural works of Rigo 23 (Ricardo Gouveia), a Portuguese artist based in San Francisco.

A great time to check out this wonderful artwork would be during the Choja-machi Daienkai on August 24-25th. This annual event features dancing, an amateur singing contest of classic oldies, the Japanese card game karuta, Showa era snack bars, stalls from local merchants, and much more.

One of the more interesting exhibitions is YANOBE Kenji’s “Wedding of the Sun”,  being held at the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from August 10th to October 27th.  The installation is an actual wedding venue where couples can get married and features a turtle-shaped chandelier, as well as a large sculpture entitled “Queen Mamma”  which functions as a dressing room for the bride.

The Aich Triennale focuses on performing arts as well contemporary art. So don’t miss the mamagoto theatre company’s performance under the direction of  Yukio Shiba from August 10-15th at the Aichi Arts Center.

On August 23-25th catch the visually stimulating performance of Takayuki Fujimoto and Tsuyoshi Shirai as they mix synchronized choreography with LED lighting and digital technology to explore the relationship between the human body and space / time perspectives.

Nagoya Area

Aichi Arts Center
Tel: (052) 971-6111
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/8oQYr

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: Peter WELZ and William FORSYTHE video installation (8F-Gallery G)
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: Kids Triennale (8F-Gallery J)
Aug. 10-11: YANAGI Miwa  (Forum I)
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: Samuel BECKETT
(Mini Theater)- Under Negotiation
Aug. 10-15: mamagoto (Mini Theater)
Aug. 11: Opening Symposium
“The Opportunity of Catastrophe” (Art Space A)
Aug. 11: International Symposium “KENCHIKU / Architecture from Japan” (Art Space A)
Aug. 11: Public Program (Art Space A)
Aug. 11,16,18,23,31: Public Program
(Art Space G-H)
Aug. 20-22nd: Inter-University Project
(Art Space H)
Aug. 23-25: FUJIMOTO Takayuki and SHIRAI Tsuyoshi (Mini Theater)
Aug. 25: Public Program (Art Space A)
Aug. 27-29: Inter-University Project
(Art Space H)
Aug. 30-Sept. 1: YANAGI Miwa (Mini Theater)
Aug. 30: Inter-University Project (Art Space E-F)
Choja-machi Site
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/qfO7T

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: Curatorial Competition
Aug. 10-Sept. 1: Inter-University Project
Aug. 11: Marlon GRIFFITH

Nayabashi Site
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/QNJ7L

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition

Chuo-Hirokoji Building
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/NYd6P

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition

Nagoya City Art Museum
Tel: (052) 212-0001
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/3GmQV

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition

Oasis 21, Nagoya TV Tower,
and more…
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/3dg6G
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition
Aug. 17: Public Program

Okazaki Area

Higashi-Okazaki Station Site
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/QXu0U

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition

Kosei Site
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/rk0Ut
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition
Aug. 10-Oct. 27: MUKAIYAMA Tomoko
and Jean KALMAN (Mostly on Weekends)

Matsumoto-cho Site
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/l7Ptz

Aug. 10-Oct. 27: International Art Exhibition

Mobile Triennale

Honokuni Toyohashi Arts Theatre “PLAT”
Aug. 23-25th
Map: http://goo.gl/maps/bbEBW

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