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ABOUT

Outline

The Aichi Triennale is an urban international art festival, held every three years since 2010 across a wide region including the Aichi Arts Center and other city venues. The festival spans a wide range of fields, synthetically exhibiting performing art and other forms together with a contemporary art core, and make Aichi Prefecture a beacon of the artistic avant-garde.

Mission

  • Contributing to the global development of culture and art by creating and disseminating cutting-edge art
  • Bringing culture and art into people’s daily lives by promoting and providing education on contemporary art
  • Enhancing the attractiveness of the region by vitalizing culture and art activities

Theme

STILL ALIVE

Period

July 30 (Saturday) to October 10 (Monday, public holiday), 2022 [73 days]

Venues

Hours

  • Aichi Arts Center
    10:00 to 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays.)
    *Last admission is 30 min. before closing. Closed on Mondays (except national holidays).
  • Ichinomiya City
    10:00 to 18:00 (Ichinomiya City Hall is open until 17:15.)
    *Last admission is 15 min. before closing. Closed on Mondays (except national holidays).
  • Tokoname City
    10:00 to 17:00
    *Last admission is 15 min. before closing. Closed on Wednesdays.
  • Arimatsu, Nagoya City
    10:00 to 17:00
    *Last admission is 15 min. before closing. Closed on Wednesdays.

Artistic Director

Kataoka Mami
(Director of the Mori Art Museum and President of the CIMAM)

Programs

Contemporary Art

  • Cutting-edge global contemporary art will be introduced through the exhibitions of 82 individual artists or groups from Japan and overseas, including new works.
  • Events are to be held across a wide area of the prefecture, with works exhibited at locations including Aichi Arts Center, which includes the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, as well as the cities of Ichinomiya and Tokoname, and the Arimatsu district of Nagoya.

Performing Arts

  • 14 performances of radical theater, music, dance, and other performing arts from Japan and overseas will be performed near the Aichi Prefectural Art Theater and the Aichi Arts Center.
  • Focusing as well on performance art, which is considered a form of contemporary art, we plan to hold lectures and discussions to help people enjoy a broader range of performing arts.

Learning

  • “Art is not just for art lovers, it’s for everyone to enjoy in their own way!” This is the concept for our Learning Programs, which are designed for a wide variety of people.
  • These Programs will be held both during Aichi Triennale 2022 and in phases leading up to the opening.

Collaborative Programs

  • Collaborative projects with a variety of organizations, including art universities within Aichi.
  • Short-term “traveling exhibitions” by participating artists will be held at cultural venues in four Aichi Prefecture cities: Nagakute, Gamagori, Handa, and Nishio.
  • Stage performances in collaboration with local arts and cultural organizations selected by open call.

Online Initiatives

  • In addition to on-site exhibitions and performances, video streaming and learning opportunities will be offered online.

Organizer

Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee
(Chairperson Obayashi Takeo (Chairperson of the Board, Obayashi Corporation))

Message from the Chairperson

Against a backdrop of Aichi Prefecture’s rich cultural resources, including traditional arts, crafts, and cuisine, the Aichi Triennale, an international art festival, has been held once every three years since 2010 as part of the legacy of the 2005 World Exposition held in Aichi. The festival has contributed to the development of art and culture by, among other things, putting down roots in the local area, becoming a familiar presence to a wide range of people, and expanding the sphere of activities for artists and others working in the art world.

Aichi Triennale 2022 carries on and develops these earlier efforts. The theme of this edition, “STILL ALIVE,” proposed by the event’s artistic director Kataoka Mami, has various implications, such as rediscovering the proud history, local industry, and traditional culture of Aichi as well considering the fundamental meaning of life.

An art festival provides us with an opportunity to experience the process in which artists, who live in the same era as we do, approach the region’s history and culture from a given perspective, develop their conception of it, and express it in the form of contemporary art. Needless to say, it is our hope that every viewer will enjoy the contemporary art on view here, and that at the same time they might also discover some of the local charms of Aichi.

Moreover, the spread of the COVID-19 has not only led to drastic changes in personal relationships, and social and urban conditions, it has also created a huge amount of tension in international affairs. In an era such as this, there is an even greater need for art with its ability to rebuild the bonds between people and break down the recent tendency toward intolerance in the world.

An international art festival gives us an excellent opportunity to encounter a wide range of values. Some of the works in Aichi Triennale 2022 deal with a variety of social issues that were manifested in the pandemic. I hope that this art festival will inspire you to consider global issues such as diversity, inclusivity, and sustainability.

In closing, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the artists for exhibiting their outstanding works, and to all of the many others who provided us with their support and cooperation in realizing this event.

Chairperson of the Aichi Triennale Organizing CommitteeObayashi TakeoChairperson of the Board, Obayashi Corporation