Why Tokyo Biennale? Visions for 2020

3331 Arts Chiyoda

poster for Why Tokyo Biennale? Visions for 2020

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The “The Japan International Art Exhibition (Tokyo Biennale)” was an international exhibition that went on in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum during the post-war reconstruction period. Within its continuous years of exhibition, the 10th running in 1970 carrying the theme,“Between man and matter”, left a profound trace in the history of Japanese art.
In today’s Tokyo, where we find the continued diversification of artforms, this exhibition proposes the creation of a “Tokyo Biennale” for tomorrow’s era. This idea led to the set-up of the “Tokyo Biennale Citizens Committee” working towards the launch of the “Tokyo Biennale” in the year 2020. The committee has gathered directors at the forefront of wide-ranging fields that include art, architecture, fashion, community design, entertainment, and more, who are in collaboration with area directors serving as vital bridges between the localities encompassed by this plan.
For this exhibition, visions for a Tokyo Biennale in 2020 are presented, drawing out resources from “The Japan International Art Exhibition (Tokyo Biennale)” of 1952–1970, while showcasing the new structures for the Tokyo Biennale and revealing the multi-layered history rooted in each locality. Moreover, as an introduction to the “Tokyo Biennale 2020”, part of the planning process will be presented in the form of paintings, film work, sculpture, and other creative expressions. As the title, “WHY Tokyo Biennale?” suggests, this exhibition questions the meaning behind a new Tokyo Biennale for this age and invites visitors to participate in a space where they can join in the thinking process.



from September 22, 2018 to October 14, 2018



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