“Yokohama Triennale 2014,” directed by Yasumasa Morimura, is currently open. Main venues are Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier.
The international contemporary art exhibit is being held for the fifth time. Over four hundred works focusing on the theme “oblivion” by seventy-nine artists from around the world are on display. The title of the exhibit is taken from the dystopian novel “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury.
A press conference was held on Jul 31, where Morimura, Eriko Osaka (chairperson of the Artistic Director Selection Committee) and artists Wim Delvoye, Gimhongsok, Shinro Ohtake and Yuko Mohri appeared.
“We shouldn’t forget the power of silence which is the opposite of a verbose speech. I’d like people to be amazed by the various kinds of artworks which express fantasy, delusion and things left behind or forgotten,” said Morimura. He also highlighted the hiragana (the Japanese syllabary) catalogue and Voinavi (voice guidance using Morimura’s voice), which make it easier for the general public to enjoy the exhibit.
One of the artists, Delvoye presents the “Flatbed Trailer,” a15-meter long trailer in Gothic taste, set up at the front of the Yokohama Museum of Art. Gimhongsok from South Korea presents “Bearlike Construction” and “8 Breaths” created using plastic bags.
At Shinko Pier, Ohtake presents his new work “Concept Image” (a book-shaped boat). “I often create artworks using memory as the foundation, so it was not difficult for me to create a piece introducing the theme ‘oblivion.’ I created it by going into a stranger’s memory through his/her family picture and spinning a story. I want the audience to interpret my work freely,” he explained. Mohri created her installation “I/O-Chamber of A Musical Composer” using daily goods.
“Art Bin” by Michael Landy, set up at the entrance hall of the museum allow artists to dispose of unwanted artworks. Morimura threw away a self-portrait of him disguised as a woman and Kenichiro Mogi, one of his artworks.
During the exhibit, programs such as artist projects, artist talks and workshops are planned as well as five tie-up programs.
Triennale is one of the key programs of the “Culture City of East Asia 2014” project organized by Japan, China and Korea and aims to attract over 300,000 visitors.
Yokohama Triennale 2014 “ART Fahrenheit 451: Sailing into the sea of oblivion”
Venue: Yokohama Museum of Art (3-4-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama) & Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall (2-5 Shinko, Naka-ku, Yokohama)
Dates: Aug 1 to Nov 3
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm (open until 8 pm on Aug 9, Sept 13, Oct 11 and Nov 1)
Admission: general 1,800 yen, university students 1,200 yen, high school students 800 yen
Closed: the first and third Thursday of each month