Yokohama Triennale 2014 is about to start. This edition features 65 artists / groups, with a total of 79 individuals participating. In addition to the main venues Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall, programs will be held at five Creative City Core Area Bases, and the entire city of Yokohama will become a forum for creative expression.
This is the fifth edition of the Yokohama Triennale, which was inaugurated in 2001. Under the Creative City policy, Yokohama is committed to promoting innovative urban growth, and the Yokohama Triennale has taken root as a leading project in this endeavor. Also, this year, the City of Yokohama has been designated as one of the Culture Cities of East Asia 2014 in a program jointly implemented by China, Korea, and Japan, and Yokohama Triennale 2014 has been designated as a Core Project in this program.
Works of art enable us to experience the artists’ energy and inspiration first-hand, and an art festival like this one enables our familiar city of Yokohama to show a completely new side of itself. Dialogue and exchange transcending national borders will arise. During the Triennale, I hope as many visitors as possible will discover and enjoy an unknown Yokohama illuminated by the power of art.
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to all those whose unstinting efforts have made Yokohama Triennale 2014 possible, and I look forward to their continued support.
Mayor, City of Yokohama
Honorary President and Representative of the Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
Yokohama Triennale 2014, the fifth edition of the Triennale, is under the artistic direction of artist Morimura Yasumasa and features the title “ART Fahrenheit 2014: Sailing into the sea of oblivion.”
This Triennale will focus on vital things that linger somewhere deep in our memories, but have been forgotten on the surface, and provide us with opportunities to notice, quietly gaze at, and contemplate their existence. As Mr. Morimura told junior high and high school students who participated in the Yokohama Triennale 2014 Summer School program, “A work of art is something you see with the ‘mind’s eye.’” It is our hope that visitors to the Triennale will encounter and discover new and different things, and come away with ideas that will help them thrive in our complex contemporary society.
As previously, Yokohama Triennale will collaborate with the BankART1929 and Koganecho Area Management Center, who operate the leading Creative City Core Area Bases, as well as with organizations that run other bases including ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE, Steep Slope Studio, and Yokohama Creativecity Center (YCC), offering diverse programs in a “Triennale in the City” that builds on the unique assets of Creative City Yokohama.
Allow me to offer my most heartfelt thanks to everyone involved in making this Triennale a reality.
Chairperson, Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
Director, Yokohama Museum of Art