Encounters with Art in the Port: kira. The biennale aims to highlight the role of art has played in the history of Kobe and, indeed, of Japan itself, and the powerful presence of art in the modern oeuvre of the city and country. It will feature exhibitions and performances not only of modern art, but also of a wide spectrum of Art Culture genres - selected through competitions - to promote the fusion and interaction.
KOBE Biennale aims to highlight the role of art has played in the history of Kobe and, indeed, of Japan itself, and the powerful presence of art in the modern oeuvre of the city and country. It also seeks to bring the world’s attention to areas that have previously escaped wider notice, such as the wondrous spectacles that can be found in the myriad resources and characteristics of the city and the lifestyles or its people if only we care to look.
Past KOBE Biennales sought to promote deai (“meeting”, theme of 2007) of the people of Kobe and the wider world and to foster wa (“harmony”, 2009) among them. The latest version of KOBE Biennale will be held under the theme of Kira (“sparkle”) in the hope that the event will not only uphold the lofty ideals of past celebrations, but also highlight the lovely radiance of the people of Kobe and the world.
In Japanese, kira is an onomatopee, but it is not limited to describing tangible things. Indeed, it was chosen as the theme for KOBE Biennale 2011 to seek out as-yet undiscovered gems of beauty in the natural environment and the lifestyles and artistic outlooks, and to represent the sparkling beauty of those attractions once they are brought to light. It is our fervent hope that KOBE Biennale 2011 will serve to spark an interactive communication of kira, where one discovery will inspire others, eventually creating a new paradigm in Kobe, its people and arts.
KOBE Biennale 2011 is set to serve as a conduit through which to discover the radiant sparkle that we so desperately need right now, and to shine that light on the whole world starting right here in Kobe.
Drawing upon the Arts for urban Development “Implementation of Culture Creation City”
KOBE Biennale 2011 has several aims: to use the power of art to inspire people to reconsider and re-evaluate local resources, and to spread the word about the wonderful resources that Kobe has; to serve as a gathering of creative talent; to serve as forum for interaction of Art Culture and an inspiration for a diverse range of projects for citizens to participate in; and to promote cooperation in activities of Art Culture. Through this, we hope to further invigorate the city and to contribute to the generation of further vitality together with citizens and artists.
KOBE Biennale 2011 will feature exhibitions and performances not only of modern art, but also of a wide spectrum of Art Culture genres, selected through competitions. One of the major aims of the event is to promote the fusion and interaction of all kinds of Art Culture by training the spotlight on culture as a whole, including traditional culture and lifestyle culture, in addition to conventional art.
1.Art in a Container International Competition
Dry containers will be converted into unique exhibition spaces to house the Art in a Container International Competition. Artists will be challenged to use their boundless creativity to come up with an expression of the power and potential of art within the 40ft confined of container.
2.SHITSURAI ART International Competition at the Po-ai Shiosai Park
Kobe’s unique bay area location is a noticeable feature of KOBE Biennale. Visitors have the opportunity to take special ferries to different locations to view wonderful exhibitions ' and enjoy the view of the Port of Kobe and the cityscape from the sea.
3.Guest Artist Exhibitions
A number of international modern artists will be invited to exhibit a range of works for KOBE Biennale.
4.Modern Pottery Exhibition
Visitors will love the exhibition of modern pottery that inherits the everlasting essence of Japanese crafts without compromising the basic philosophy of self-expression.
5.Artistic Photo Exhibition
Dry container will be converted into exhibition spaces in which photographers will display works ' and also they used innovative ideas and techniques to seek out new possibilities for the photographic medium.
6.Street Performance Competition
Juggling, pantomime and many other forms of physical expression are just worthy of the name art as any other form, and street performance will surely be a spectacle at KOBE Biennale Venues.
7.Green Art Exhibition
KOBE Biennale will feature a green art exhibition displaying flowers and other greenery sure to fill visitors with peace and fulfillment.
8.Children’s Painting Exhibition.
The children are our future and KOBE Biennale will feature a children’s painting exhibition in the hope that contact with the arts will serve to broaden the younger generation’s horizons.
9.“Future Ikebana” Exhibition
Ikebana artists from all over Japan will gather to unveil arrangements that collaborate modernization with respect for the traditions of art.
10.Close up on local artists
Local artists and those with links to Kobe will exhibit a breathtaking array of Japanese and Western paintings, calligraphy, crafts, music and dance, thus showing the world the full breadth of Kobe’s art community.
11.Exhibitions of Art by disabled artists
It is our fond hope that the wonderful art produced by disable artists will help create a forum for communication. Exhibitions will be held on a broad scale in the hope of sparking a great network of interaction.
In addition to promoting conventional arts, KOBE Biennale is the ideal event for spreading the word about Kobe’s characteristic lifestyle culture, for instance as illustrated by the city’s unique confectionaries, and strong consideration will be given to other worthy genres for inclusion in the biennale.
A new venue will be added for KOBE Biennale 2011: Port Island Shiosai Park
Office of the Organization Committee for KOBE Biennale
Kobe City Hall, 2nd Bldg., 1F 6-5-1 Kanou-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 Japan
The organizing Committee for KOBE Biennale, and The City of Kobe
With assistance form Hyogo Prefectural Government
Port of Kobe(Po-ai Shiosai Park)
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Sannomiya / Motomachi area