Yokohama Triennale 2008 - Shinko Pier

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The Yokohama Triennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held once every three years. The inaugural edition was held in 2001, and this year marks its 3rd installment. Based on a comprehensive exhibition theme decided upon by the artistic director, a diverse range of artworks—including video, installation, photography, painting and sculpture—by about 60 to 70 artists selected from countries all over the world will be put on display.
While the Triennale will mainly showcase newly-commissioned cutting-edge works of contemporary art from around the globe, it will also feature many site-specific works highlighting the distinctive charms of the host city. Supplementary events will also be held during the exhibition period, including symposiums to flesh out the Triennale concept, as well as workshops and gallery talks to promote dialogue among artists, participants and visitors. The Triennale will also seek to establish and strengthen ties with art organizations and other international exhibition secretariats both in Japan and abroad.

An exhibition hall with some 4,300 square meters of exhibition space will be constructed in the Shinko Pier area, one of the oldest sections of the Port of Yokohama. The new structure (scheduled to be completed in August 2008) will be the main venue for the Yokohama Triennale 2008. The design of the exhibition hall includes numerous skylights to bring in natural light, creating a pleasant, relaxed ambience. Nearly 30 artists, including Pedro Reyes, Fischli & Weiss, and Cerith Wyn Evans, will exhibit their works here.

The event's other main venues are the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Number 1 Space and BankArt Studio NYK.

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Olivier Krischer tablog review

Yokohama Triennale 2008: Shinko Pier

To kick start its coverage of the Yokohama Triennale, TAB is bringing you a series of photo reports from a variety of locations in Yokohama to give you a glimpse inside this city-wide art extravaganza.

Darryl Jingwen Wee tablog review

Yokohama Triennale 2008: Fischli and Weiss

The latest installment in a loose trilogy of adventures featuring Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss dressed as a rat and a bear is showing at Shinko Pier.

Rachel Carvosso tablog review

Yokohama Triennale 2008: Cerith Wyn Evans and Throbbing Gristle

The British artist and sound art collective have collaborated to produce one of the triennale's most simple but striking installations.

M. Downing Roberts tablog review

Yokohama Triennale 2008: Pedro Reyes

The political icons of the 20th century perform once again in the Mexican artist's semi-comical reflection on history and ideology.

Makoto Hashimoto tablog review



Yuya Suzuki tablog review



Baba Shinichi tablog review



Makoto Hashimoto tablog review



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`Deserately Trying to Fall Down a Crevasse`. Review of The Yokohama Triennale 2008 by Roger McDonald on The Tactical Museum.

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In 2005, when I stepped into the huge warehouse in the port of Yokohama without having a single idea of what could be there for me to see, I was amusingly surprised by what I saw there - an amusement park of contemporary art with a bunch of huge installation works which little kids and their parents enjoyed playing around.

I've been to many contemporary art exhibitions and expositions in the US and Japan, but I had never seen such a scenery at a contemporary art exhibition before. I found Yokohama Triennale had a very unique concept of letting everyone in the earth enjoy contemporary art whether they have a certain level of knowledge to appreciate contemporary art or not. It was a grand introduction of contemporary art to people on the street.

I was also amused by the works by local Japanese artists and young international artists whom I've never heard their names before.
This kind of a big art exposition especially, if its theme of art is "contemporary", it should give people opportunity to discover new artists they'd favor.

3 years later, when I stepped into the huge warehouse with a better idea and expectation of what I would see there, I was disappointed. First, I even had hard time recognizing the fact that I was actually in Yokohama Triennale exposition. What I saw there was very similar (if not exactly the same) to what I've seen at many contemporary art exhibitions in the US. I felt like I was back in college when I was taking a "New Art" class. "Time Crevasse"? back to the good old time, they meant? If those already considerably well-known international artists like Yoko Ono, Matthew Barney, and Douglas Gordon matter, I'd rather go to see their works in NY or London. After giving a very friendly opportunity to people for enjoying contemporary art 3 years ago, now has their mission transformed to "educate" the people with the boring "New Art" class materials?
Did my teacher send me to the Red brick warehouse to see those old video clips of history of performance art that included a historical Butoh perfomance and public art performance?

Suggestions for those who have specific taste or fetishism:

Do you miss the "anti-war" art phenomenon which occurred in the US right after the Iraq war begun and most of them looked nothing but a mass of junk?
You must see Jonathan Meese. His narcissistic expression is very familiar and just freaks me out!

Are you a mystic scatologist?
You'll love Matthew Barney's 45 min video work. But I'd recommend you to go into the dark room only for the last 15 minutes of the video unless you want to take a nap in a nicely chilly dark room for 30 minutes.

Are you a bloody horror movie lover?
Get a real feeling with Herman Nitsch. You'll enjoy watching his bloody ritual that is meaninglessly intrusive with its poor content.

Do you love shaved pussy & grade-B horror picture?
Get a nice view at Paul & Damon McCarthy's video installation.

Do you love Potato?
I guarantee that you'll enjoy works at BankART Studio NYK. Check out Rodney Graham & Aki Sasamoto and share your love for potato with them! Make sure to have a nicely cold Potato cake with pieces of cold boiled potato inside at a cafe there before you leave the exhibition. (You can't enjoy the taste unless you truly LOVE potato.)

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