The first edition of the Aichi Triennale, a showcase of the world’s latest contemporary art, opened in August 2010 in Nagoya City. Under the artistic direction of Akira Tatehata, the 1st Triennale deployed its theme “Arts and Cities” to Nagoya’s streets and urban spaces, in addition to museums and theaters. With an intention to transform mundane places into inspiring spaces through close viewer/audience interaction with cutting-edge art, the urban celebration drew more than 570,000 visitors.
The 2nd Aichi Triennale took place between August and October 2013, presenting works by 122 artists and groups of artists from Japan and abroad, under the artistic direction of Taro Igarashi. In response to the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in March 2011, the event’s theme “Awakening—Where Are We Standing? Earth, Memory and Resurrection” reflected on the radical changes imposed upon existing frameworks in a state of flux. The 2nd Triennale further developed its urban celebratory nature by expanding to include venues in Okazaki City as well as Nagoya City, and by incorporating architectural points of view, achieving a record number of over 620,000 visitors.
Preparations are already underway for the 3rd Aichi Triennale, scheduled for summer –autumn 2016, with the appointment of the new artistic director expected this summer. In the coming months, keep a look out for more on Aichi Triennale 2016!