Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 cancelled

The Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 Executive Committee has been engaged for quite some time in preparations for the Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 with the theme Of Roots and Clouds scheduled to be held in December, and planned to make a final announcement regarding participating artists, artworks and other details in September.

However, due to the possibility that travel restrictions and calls to refrain from the transfer of personnel amidst the continuing global spread of COVID-19 could make it difficult to not only prepare for and make the exhibition a reality but also appreciate the artworks and performances while experiencing the appeal of Sapporo in winter, as well as the fact that a delay in making such a decision would place a tremendous burden on all parties involved, the Executive Committee has regrettably decided to cancel Sapporo International Art Festival 2020. The full press release is available on our website.

It should be noted that plans are slated to compile the details of this art festival, which was planned and developed over the course of more than two years, as well as information on participating artists, artwork ideas, and publish a documentation on the SIAF2020 website and other platforms in a short time.

Going forward, the Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee will carry out discussions regarding the holding of Sapporo International Art Festival 2023.

We look forward to your continued support and encourage you to keep abreast of the latest information on Sapporo International Art Festival.

We announced the final lineup of participating artists on July 22 as below.

Sapporo International Art Festival 2020 Line up of Artists:
Shuya Abe / Satoru Aoyama / Julian Charrière / Cod.Act / Anna Dumitriu, Alex May / Charlotte Eifler / Takeki Fujito / Takuro Goto / Ryosuke Hara / hyslom / Arinori Ichihara / Linda Iha / Edward Ihnatowicz (Re:Senster) / Hiroshi Ikeda / Yuki Ikoshi / Paweł Janicki / Przemysław Jasielski / Yoichi Kamimura / Nissho Kanda / Noriko Kawamura / Takehito Koganezawa / Aleksander Komarov, Maxim Tyminko / Diana Lelonek / Carolin Liebl, Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler / Shiro MASUYAMA featuring Julie Fiala / Kotaro Migishi / Seiko Mikami / Atsuko Mochida / Joana Moll / Satoshi Murakami / Tohru Nakazaki / Tatzu Nishi / ODAWARA Nodoka / OKI / Oshamambe Camera Club / Hideki Ozuchi / Hyunjung Park / Klaus Pobitzer / Rainer Prohaska / Niklas Roy, Kati Hyyppä / Satoshi Someya / Christa Sommerer, Laurent Mignonneau / Yutaka Sone / Taavi Suisalu / Atsushi Suwa / Suzanne Treister / Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media / Shinya Yoshida

Team of Directors:
Taro Amano, Curatorial Director of Contemporary Art/Director in Chief
Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka, Curatorial Director of Media Art
Kanoko Tamura, Director of Communication Design

Naoto Iwasaki, Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo
Magdalena Kreis, Art Mediation
Kazumi Miyai, Moerenuma Park
Seiji Nakamura, Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art & Migishi Kotaro Museum of Art, Hokkaido (mima)
Kohei Sato, Sapporo Art Park

Curatorial Advisors:
Satoshi Katono
Joasia Krysa
Machiko Kusahara
Jung-Yeon Ma
Emi Nakamura
Anna Olszewska

Ainu Culture Coordinator:

Graphic Designer:

Advisory Board:
Violetta Kutlubasis-Krajewska
Anthony Shelton
Hiroshi Yoshioka