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The largest to date Polish-Japanese contemporary art exhibition will officially inaugurate the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan.
This May, a completely new project of an unprecedented scale, comprising a series of contemporary art exhibitions titled Celebration will emerge on the artistic scene in Poland and Japan. It is a result of the two-year efforts of a handful of enthusiasts who initiated this unique project. As a recurring event, it stands every chance of becoming an influential exhibition and reach the consciousness of audiences in both countries in the coming years. The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as the main organiser of the project, has the pleasure to invite everyone to take part in the events that will take place in three cities: Kyoto, Poznań and Szczecin. The exhibitions are curated by Professor Akiko Kasuya and Paweł Pachciarek, who will be joined by Stanisław Ruksza in Szczecin. The artistic advisor to the exhibition is the legendary Japanese curator Professor Akira Tatehata.
The boldness of the curatorial concept can be evidenced by the fact that – in accordance with the concept of ichi-go ichi-e (一期一会), the motto of the anniversary celebrations – as many as 21 individual artists and collectives from Poland and Japan have been invited to take part in this extraordinary exhibition. All of them participated in artistic residencies held in both countries, to create entirely new works dedicated exclusively to the project. This bold and logistically challenging concept assumes that each of the artists, through their works, will tell a story in three independent chapters, understood as a single narration developing over the course of three exhibitions. Although all three exhibitions have been conceived as partially independent events, in order to be able to fully capture the essence of artistic actions and strategies as well as properly understand the development of the curators’ thought, it is worth visiting all three of them.
One of the major goals of the project have been creating a platform for actual, vivid exchange of experiences between artists with the aim of increasing the potential for creating entirely new works and artistic projects. In spite of the limitations resulting from distance, communication difficulties and, finally, different creative perspectives, of which the organisers were fully aware, the project has allowed the artists involved in it to meet and, as a result, to create series of collective works, such as in case of Stach Szumski and Satoshi Kawata, or, as in the case of Łukasz Surowiec and Yuriko Sasaoka, prepare joint workshops that will be carried out both in Japan and in Poland. Regardless of the result, the most important in the project has been creating a platform for creative dialogue and mutual inspiration, through inviting artists from Poland for residencies to Japan and Japanese artists to Poland.
This ambitious project would not have been possible without the active involvement and dedication of many people, including the Mayor of the City of Kyoto, who offered the symbolic UNESCO World Heritage site of Nijo Castle as the exhibition space. It is this former seat of the Tokugawa family in Kyoto that will host the first exhibition of the Celebration series. Additionally, works of Polish and Japanese artists will also be presented in the Kyoto Art Center, ROHM Theatre and the recently renovated traditional Japanese house machi-ya in the Terminal Kyoto. Apart from the exhibition, several accompanying events will be also held, such as meetings with artists, lectures, screenings of short animated films created by students of art schools from Poland and Japan, concert of Nao Nishihara and Paweł Romańczuk, performances of Robert Kuśmirowski, Yuske Taninaka and Hyslom group as well as concert of Hubert Kostkiewicz and Kukangendai group.
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Rohm Theatre Kyoto
The Terminal KYOTO
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Artists Participating in the Exhibition:
Karolina Breguła, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Piotr Bujak, contact Gonzo, Tomohiro Higashikage, hyslom, Ryosuke Imamura, Yoshimasa Ishibashi, Satoshi Kawata, Meiro Koizumi, Daniel Koniusz, Robert Kuśmirowski, Maria Loboda, Masanori Matsuda, Okamoto Mitsuhiro, Alicja Rogalska, Yuriko Sasaoka, Łukasz Surowiec, Stachu Szumski, Yuske Taninaka, Makiko Yamamoto
Venues in Japan:
- Kyoto Art Center, Yamabushiyama-cho 546-2, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan
- ROHM Theatre Kyoto, 13 Okazakisaishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan
- The Terminal KYOTO, 424 Iwatoyama-cho, Shinmachi-dori Bukko-ji Sagaru, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan
- World Heritage Site Nijo-jo Castle, 541 Nijo-jo-jo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-jo-dori, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto City, Japan
Venues in Poland:
- Poznań, exhibition 31st May -15th June 2019
Poznań Art Week 2019
31st May 2019:
12:00 Meeting with artists and curators. Curator guided tour.
Na Dziedzińcu Gallery, Stary Browar, ul. Półwiejska 42, Poznań, Poland
8:00 pm Opening ceremony
Shizuka Okumura's piano recital
Atrium of the University of the Arts Poznań, ul. 23 Lutego 20, Poznań, Poland
Organiser: University of the Arts Poznań
- TRAFO Center for Contemporary Art, ul. Świętego Ducha 4, 70-205 Szczecin, Poland
MONO NO AWARE as part of the Celebration series
Opening: 13th June 2019 (Thu) 7:00 pm
Exhibition open to public: 13th June – 31st August 2019
The exhibition has been organised with the support of the Polish Institute in Tokyo.
The partner of the project is Melody Tours.
Source: promotional materials, originally written in Polish by PC, 23 Apr 2019, translated by AW, 30 Apr 2019