Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba
Our magic hour - How Much Of The World Can We Know?, the fourth edition of the Yokohama Triennale, focuses on works of art that refer to the mysteries of the world and our everyday lives - such things as magic-like powers, supernatural phenomena, mythology, legend and animism. From site-specific installations and media work to modern painting and historical objects such as Coptic tapestry fragments, the exhibition will include a wide range of artworks in terms of both age and material. "By learning to accept mysteries and contradictions, by learning to change our perspectives, we might find that suddenly, like magic, the world is open and accessible to us".
Our magic hour!
− How Much of the World Can We Know?!
Here at the beginning of the 21st century, I get the feeling that advances in scientific and information technology, such as the Internet, have made the world more knowable than it has ever been in the past. And yet even in our immediate surroundings there remain countless enigmas – mysteries that remain inexplicable by science or reason. At the same time, many of the things we have long taken for granted, such as the concepts of time and space, are being transformed by those same technological developments.
In this,, which will be titled "OUR MAGIC HOUR : How Much of the World Can We Know?" I intend to focus on works of art that refer to the mysteries of the world and our everyday lives – such things as magic-like powers, supernatural phenomena, mythology, legend and animism. I did not choose to focus on these issues out of a desire to question the limits of science, elevate mysticism, or pursue art as a form of entertainment. I pose these questions so that we can turn our eyes to those areas that cannot be figured out by science or reason – areas that have been marginalized; values that we once respected but have forgotten; relationships between nature and humankind that need to be reconsidered, and so on. By investigating these questions, we can get an idea of more flexible, open relationships with the world and alternative views on history and events.
Yokohama Triennale 2011 will take place both outdoors and indoors at two main venues, the Yokohama Museum of Art and BankART Studio NYK. It will include artworks by just over 60 contemporary artists and also some from the museum's collection. From site-specific installations and media work to modern painting and historical objects such as Coptic tapestry fragments, the exhibition will include a wide range of artworks in terms of both age and material.
One of the distinctive features of this Triennale will be that there will be unexpected "encounters" at various corners of the exhibition space. The Triennale will not only include works that involve the participation of viewers, but it will present works with such diverse themes, ages, generations, cultural backgrounds and genres that unlikely dialogues and relations will spring up between them, allowing viewers new interpretations and creative inspiration. A voyage of art appreciation that is entirely unrestricted by existing categories and preconceived ideas will be possible. In addition, because the Yokohama Museum of Art is now one of the main venues, some of the artists work in collaboration with works in the museum's collection. Thus the museum itself will be presented in an entirely new light.
"By learning to accept mysteries and contradictions, by learning to change our perspectives, we might find that suddenly, like magic, the world is open and accessible to us." With this message in mind, Yokohama Triennale 2011 approaches the present age of uncertainty and confusion as an attempt to rethink human existence and our surroundings with the pure curiosity, flexibility and imagination of a child, and without the limiting influence of existing structures and ideas.
Nobuyoshi Araki, Jun Nguyen Hatsushiba, Carsten Nicolai, Massimo Bartolini, Isamu Noguchi, Michael Borremans, Noguchi Rika, Constantin Brancusi, Susan Norrie, Mircea Cantor, Yoko Ono , Meret Oppenheim, Wilfredo Prieto, Verne Dawson, Tobias Rehberger, Paul Delvaux, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ugo Rondinone, Max Ernst, Saga Atsushi, Sato Ataru, Ryan Gander, Shimabuku, Han Sungpil, Sugimoto Hiroshi, Jeppe Hein, Damien Hirst, Ikeda Manabu, Imamura Ryosuke, Ishida Tetsuya, Tanaka Koki, Iwasaki Takahiro, Izumi Taro, Toya Shigeo, Kashiki Tomoko, Mike Kelley, Usukubo Kaoru, Kim Riyoo, Joachim Koester, Kudo Tetsumi, Sigalit Landau, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Maeda Yukinori, Rene magritte, Man Ray, Christian Marclay, Mori Osamu
Image: Sigalit Landau, Deadsea, 2005. Courtesy the artist and Kamel Mennour, Paris
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Opening: August 5th, 2011
Yokohama Triennale 2011
Yokohama Museum of Art, 3-4-1
NYK Waterfront Warehouse(BankART Studio NYK)and the surrounding areas - Yokohama
Advance Ticket : On sale from June 1 (Wednesday)
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*Advance tickets will be on sale from June 1 (Wed) to August 5 (Fri)