4th International Triennale of Contemporary Art (Yokohama Triennale)
OUR MAGIC HOUR:
How Much of the World Can We Know?
August 6 to November 6, 2011
Director General: Osaka Eriko
Artistic Director: Miki Akiko
Yokohama Triennale 2011 will represent a significant shift in the event’s organization, primarily because the Japan Foundation has stepped down as the main organizer and the city of Yokohama has bolstered its participation as a result. This change will mean that the Yokohama Museum of Art will play a central role, not only by providing one of the main venues, along with the NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), but also by providing resources that are essential for the organization of the exhibition.
For this reason, 2011, which marks the 10th anniversary of the event’s founding in 2001, will be a significant turning point. The Yokohama Triennale will make further steps towards self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Yokohama Triennale 2011 will take place both outdoors and indoors at two main venues, the Yokohama Museum of Art and BankART Studio NYK. lt will include artworks by just over 60 contemporary artists and also some from the museum’s collection. From site-specific installations and media work to modern painting and historical objects such as Coptic tapestry fragments, the exhibition will include a wide range of artworks in terms of both age and material.
One of the distinctive features of this Triennale will be that there will be unexpected “encounters” at various corners of the exhibition space. The Triennale will not only include works that involve the participation of viewers, but it will present works with such diverse themes, ages, generations, cultural backgrounds and genres that unlikely dialogues and relations will spring up between them, allowing viewers new interpretations and creative inspiration. A voyage of art appreciation that is entirely unrestricted by existing categories and preconceived ideas will be possible. In addition, because the Yokohama Museum of Art is now one of the main venues, some of the artists work in collaboration with works in the museum’s collection. Thus the museum itself will be presented in an entirely new light.