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Talk Session "Who is On Kawara?"

  • July 22, 2022

The theme of Aichi Triennale 2022, "STILL ALIVE," was inspired by a series of works entitled I Am Still Alive by the Aichi-born conceptual artist On Kawara, who continually dispatched the fact of his own existence during his lifetime using telegrams starting in the 1970s. This international art festival to be held in 2022 will offer a multi-dimensional interpretation of the words "STILL ALIVE," revisiting the origins and sources of contemporary art while also focusing on the gaps between domains that have come to be classed according to fixed categories, all the while shuttling back and forth between the past, present, and future.

On Kawara is an artist who has made his mark on 20th century art history, but he is also known for having rarely been seen publicly after a certain point in his career, and his personality is, so to speak, shrouded in mystery. This program "Who is On Kawara?" will invite experts who had contact with On Kawara during his lifetime to discuss the nature of his art and his attitude as an artist. They will also discuss the significance of On Kawara's works today from a variety of perspectives, delving into works other than I Am Still Alive.

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Event name: Talk Session "Who is On Kawara?"
Date and Time: July 31(Sun) 13:00-14:30
(Simultaneous translation available)
Location: Art Space A, 12th Floor, Aichi Arts Center

Speakers (alphabetical order):
Takashi Hiraide (emeritus professor, Tama Art University)
Yusuke Minami (ex-director, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)
Yoko Nose (curator, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art)
Jonathan Watkins (director, Ikon Gallery)
Reito Yoshioka (managing director, One Million Years Foundation)
Moderator: Mami Kataoka (Artistic Director of Aichi Triennale 2022)