04. August - 11. November 2017 Yokohama Museum of Art and co.

YOHOHAMA TRIENNALE 2017

AI Weiwei. Safe Passage, 2016. Reframe, 2016. Installation view at Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Triennale 2017. Photo: KATO Ken. © Ai Weiwei Studio
Joko AVIANTO. The border between good and evil is terribly frizzy. Installation view, Yokohama Triennale 2017. Photo: TANAKA Yuichiro
Tokyo, the City I Know, at Dusk: It’s Like a Hollow in My Heart. 2016. © Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Paola PIVI. I and I (must stand for the arts) and others. Installation view, Yokohama Triennale 2017. Photo: TANAKA Yuichiro. Courtesy the artist and Perrotin

Islands, Constellations & Galapagos

Islands, Constellations, and Galapagos are keywords that connote connectivity and isolation, imagination and creativity, identity and diversity, among others. While the world today is expanding with the globalization, it is being shaken to its foundations by challenges such as conflict, refugees and immigration, UK’s leaving the EU, and populism.

Through the themes of 'isolation' and 'connectivity', the sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale will contemplate the world in which conflicting concepts and phenomena are intricately intertwined and constantly in flux. Here, in Yokohama, the first port that opened to foreign countries in the late 19th century, we will see how the courage, imagination and creativity of human beings can be used to derive a new vision and ground design for the future.

For this edition of the Yokohama Triennale, there will be a conscious focus on the historical background of Yokohama. Historic buildings in the city that symbolize Japan’s modernization have been selected as venues, other than Yokohama Museum of Art, and a number of artists are addressing Yokohama’ s historical record and topography.

One of the most famous artists at this year’s Yokohama Triennale 2017 is Ai WeiWei. He presents a large-scale installation addressing the ongoing refugee crisis, with lifeboats hanging on the façade and recovered lifejackets covering the columns of Yokohama Museum of Art.

Inside the museum in the Grand Gallery, Joko Avianto presents his dynamic new work: a structure inspired by the traditional Japanese braided rope called a shimenawa, woven with distinctive techniques from 2,000 shoots of Indonesian bamboo. Bamboo has long been popular in Indonesia as a material for houses and daily necessities, and through this work, Avianto explores the loss of traditional culture in his country and symbiosis between human beings and nature.

Yokohama Triennale is open to the public until 11 November 2017, featuring exhibitions at the Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No. 1, and the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall, as well as an extended art program throughout the whole city.

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