Inaugural Aichi Triennale prepares to dazzle visitors
Friday 20 August 2010
It has been many years in the planning stages, but the upcoming Aichi Triennale 2010 will have been worth waiting for.
The inaugural event brings together some of the world's most dynamic contemporary art, film, concerts, opera, ballet and stage performances and opens in the Japanese city of Nagoya on August 21. Based on the theme of "Arts and Cities," the festival will not come to an end until the last day of October.
In a statement, artistic director Akira Tatehata said the event has three main aims. "The first objective is to cast light on what is currently happening in the art world and to communicate the lively energy of contemporary artists' activities," he said. The second aim of the "epic project" is to produce a sense of exhilaration in the event and the city of Nagoya.
"The third objective is to actively incorporate performing arts such as opera, dance and music, with contemporary art as the core," Tatehata said. "This is an innovative departure from existing biennials and triennials. Rather than separating presentations by genres, we intend to emphasize as much correlation as possible to enable active interaction across discipline boundaries."
Other similar art and design expositions include La Triennale di Milano, the Auckland Triennial, which was held for the fourth time in March, and the Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, staged in Queensland, Australia.
It may be a newcomer to the scene, but the Aichi event has attracted an impressive array of contributors.
More than 80 contemporary artists will be taking part, including Juan Araujo from Venezuela, Missouri-based sculptor Tom Friedman and video installation artist Jacob Kirkegaard, from Denmark.
The 13 film-makers who will be attending include Alexander Sokurov, from Saint Petersburg, while other events will include the opera work Les Contes D'Hoffmann, sung in French with Japanese subtitles.
Dates: 21-07-2010 to 31-10-2010.
Venues: The majority of events will be staged at four main locations in Nagoya:
The Aichi Arts Centre, 1-13-2 Higashi-sakura, Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi 461-8525. Tel. +81-52-971-5511.
The Nagoya City Art Museum, 2-17-25 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0008 (in Shirakawa Park). Tel. +81-52-212-0001.
The Chojamachi Site, 2 chome, Nishiki, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0003.
The Nayabashi Site, 1-2-45 Sakae, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi 460-0008.
Schedule: For a full schedule of events, visit http://aichitriennale.jp/en/schedule/host.html
Tickets: Some events are free but tickets are available for individual events throughout the 10-week festival. For further details, visit:
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