Encounters with Art in the Port. Theme: Saku. The event features 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.
By taking advantage of Kobe's pioneer spirit and long-cultivated cultural strengths in diverse areas, KOBE Biennale has been dedicated to the creation of an attractive city through the support of diverse cultural activities that add color to modern society and give birth to unprecedented artistic expression and values.
Today, people emphasize interpersonal relationships in a struggle to reconstruct the trust that has collapsed in both international society and local communities. Under such circumstances, we should make efforts, and start such efforts today, to make our society a better place so that people believe in a bright future and succeed in achieving their respective desires and dreams. We should have a firm belief that we can make it through combined effort and wisdom.
Building on KOBE Biennale's past achievements attained through the 2007 "Deai" (Encounter～People,Community,Arts) project, the 2009 "Wa" ( harmony) project, and the 2011 "Kira" (sparkle) project, we have set our new goal for KOBE Biennale 2013, by deciding on "Saku" (meaning "blooming") as the theme for the latest festival (the 4th KOBE Biennale), since we believe that the seeds of our efforts to overcome difficulties will bloom to grow into new strengths in diverse forms, like colorful flowers in full bloom, encouraging us not to stick to conventional systems or old ideas.
After getting through difficulties, we will surely be able to find something - we hope to find blooming flowers and their bright future. Even if they are small flowers, we have a lot of hope for each of these blossoms.
Main project sites
The main sites of KOBE Biennale 2013 include the Port of Kobe, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, the Museum Road zone, the Sannomiya/Motomachi area, and Kobe Meriken Park, which is one of Kobe's most symbolic waterfront spaces with a wonderful mountain view, attracting many visitors from Japan and abroad
Exhibitions, other projects
KOBE Biennale 2013 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.
■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.
■SHITSURAI ART International Competition
Artists use their creativity and boundless imagination to effectively utilize waterfront spaces to exhibit Japanese traditional "shitsurai" art, which is a set of furnishings for decorating a room or space.
■Art Exhibition at the Port of Kobe Competition
Visitors can take a cruise ship to enjoy a view of the port and the cityscape of Kobe viewable from the sea side. They can also enjoy art exhibitions at waterfront spaces.
■Painting art competition
Large wall surfaces will be utilized to exhibit new-style drawings. A competition will be conducted among these wall artworks.
■Green art competition
We will hold a green art exhibition using flowers and plants, with the hope that these natural artworks will give people peace of mind and enrich their lives.
■International competition of creative toys
People-friendly, environment-conscious toys - some are created through traditional techniques and others use natural materials - will be presented.
■Contemporary ceramic art Competition
Contemporary ceramic artworks to be exhibited in this project are characterized by the combination of traditional expression styles inherent in Japanese handicraft art and the new approach that emphasizes self-expression.
■Music & art stage competition
We present innovative creations through the collaboration of music and art.
■Guest Artist Exhibitions
Internationally renowned artists of contemporary art will be invited to Kobe, and their high-quality artworks will be exhibited.
■Exhibition of future ikebana art
Ikebana artists from all over the country will exhibit their artworks of flower arrangement that seek to impart modern expression in the newest styles while respecting the traditional mentality of Japanese ikebana art.
■Exhibition of calligraphic art
The world of calligraphy will be presented through exhibition of a wide range of works including traditional and innovative free-style works.
■Exhibition of artists from Kobe, Hyogo
Through the exhibition of artworks by Kobe artists, we will disseminate local art and culture.
■Art galleries and concerts in Kobe
Art galleries, chapels, shrines and other local resources will be utilized to share and appreciate the artistic assets of Kobe.
■Art & Design Award ＠ School (tentative name)
Exhibits will be presented by groups of students or schools. The objective here is to provide students with a presentation opportunity and also introduce to the public experimental educational activities.
■Public exhibition of artworks by disabled artists (Heart Art Kobe Exhibition)
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.
We will further discuss plans of other exhibitions to communicate the attractiveness of the unique lifestyles and culture of Kobe more extensively.
Kobe Meriken Park area
Port of Kobe
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art ,the Museum Road zone
Sannomiya / Motomachi area