Year founded: 2001
Organiser: City of Yokohama, Yokohama Arts Foundation, Japan Broadcasting Corporation(NHK), The Asahi Shimbun, and Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale.


Inaugurated in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art that features internationally prominent artists along with up-and-coming figures, and presents the latest trends and expressions in contemporary art.

While showcasing newly – released artworks of the cutting-edge contemporary art around the globe, the Yokohama Triennale also features many site-specific works highlighting the distinctive charms of the host city.

Participants are European and American-based as well as from Asia itself, making the Yokohama Triennale an interesting place to see exciting new art works emerging from this specific part of the world.

Supplementary events are conducted during the exhibition period, including symposiums to discuss the Triennale concept and workshops and gallery talks to enhance the dialogue among the artists, participants, and the visitors.

After the Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred several months prior to the 4th Yokohama Triennale in 2011, the exhibition has set out to address the relationship between Japan and the world, as well as the individual and society, and to reexamine the social role of art from a variety of perspectives.

Since its opening as a port at the end of the nineteenth century, Yokohama has embraced a variety of different ideas and values, leading to an exchange and presentation of culture that is both fresh and contemporary. In 2004, the city established the Creative City Yokohama policy and implemented an urban development plan to better utilize the potential of art and culture. The Yokohama Triennale is the core project in this undertaking. In 2011, the Yokohama Museum of Art was designated as one of the event’s primary venues for the fourth exhibition, signaling a greater focus on continuity.