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The international contemporary arts exhibition “Yokohama Triennale 2011” opens August 6th
“Yokohama Triennale” international contemporary arts expo held once every three years opens August 6th for its 2011 edition and will run through November 6th. The official title this time is “Yokohama Triennale 2011 OUR MAGIC HOUR—How Much of the World Can We Know?” The expo will include works by about 60 artists displayed in and around the two main venues of the Yokohama Museum of Art and the NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK). The works on display represent a full spectrum of genre and periods, ranging from site-specific installations and works employing film media to modern period paintings and historical art such as Coptic tapestries. Also there will be a variety of events in the surrounding vicinities to fill out this three-month festival of contemporary art.
To date, the Yokohama Triennale has been held three times (2001, 2005 and 2008) and this year’s festival comes in the 10th year since the inaugural event. With this holding the main organizational responsibilities have been shifted to the City of Yokohama and the Yokohama Museum of Art has become one of the main venues, thus giving the city of Yokohama a more prominent presence in the event than in its previous three holdings. The triennale’s Director General this time is Eriko Osaka (Director of the Yokohama Museum of Art) and the artistic director is Akiko Miki.
Artistic director Akiko Miki describes the expo’s concept in the following words: “By learning to accept mysteries and contradictions, by learning to change our perspectives, we might find that suddenly, like magic, the world is open and accessible to us.” With this message in mind, YOKOHAMA TRIENNALE 2011 approaches the present age of uncertainty and confusion as an attempt to rethink human existence and our surroundings with the pure curiosity, flexibility and imagination of a child, and without the limiting influence of existing structures and ideas.
The participating international artists include James Lee Byars (USA), Ryan Gander (UK), Christian Marclay (USA), Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba (Vietnam), Carsten Nicolai (Germany), Ugo Rondinone (Switzerland), Rina Banerjee (India), N.S. Harsha (India), AureLlien Froment (France), Henrik Hakansson (Sweden), Sun Xun (China) and others. Artists from Japan include SATO Ataru, SUGIMOTO Hiroshi, TANAAMI Keiichi, TAGUCHI Kazuna, TANAKA Koki, YAGI Lyota, IKEDA Manabu, IZUMI Taro, MORI Osamu, YOKOO Tadanori and others. Among the contingent events that the Yokohama Triennale will sponsor or organize jointly are a Nohgaku performance of Sanbaso by Nomura Mansaku and Mansai in a stage space designed by Sugimoto Hiroshi (Sept. 21, KAAT Kanagawa Arts Theater), a restaging with Japanese performers of Christian Marclay’s Manga Scroll that premiered at the Whitney Museum in 2010 (Oct. 22) and other events.
+Yokohama Triennale 2011