Yokohama Triennale 2017


Head to Yokohama from August - November this year to experience this celebrated exhibition of local and global artists, now in its sixth year.

The sixth edition of the Yokohama Triennale will take place between 4 August and 5 November 2017, with the theme “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos”.

Yokohama is just 30 minutes’ from central Tokyo by train. This year’s festival will take place in the Yokohama Museum of Art and Red Brick Warehouse, which is home to a number of stylish shops and restaurants (including ocean front cafes and casual eateries such as Bill Grainger’s ‘Bill’s’).  

This year will see a big focus on Yokohama city itself, with art work reflecting its history as a major port since the Meiji Restoration, a significant event in in Japan’s history which saw the country open up to the outside world. The event will also look at how, in a globalised world full of data sharing overloads, populism and protectionism are causing more and more “islands”. The event will look in detail at these themes of connectivity and isolation.

Akiko Miki, the artistic director of the Benesse Art Site on Naoshima Island, will be joining as a co-director on the event's directorial board. About the concept for the triennale, she says:

“Against [the] backdrop of widespread disruption of conventional social frameworks and values, Yokohama Triennale 2017 embarks on a multi-faceted examination, through art, of the themes of connectivity and isolation, under the title “Islands, Constellations & Galapagos”. We will contemplate the world in which conflicting concepts and phenomena are intricately intertwined and constantly in flux, the nature of identity and diversity, and how the courage, imagination and creativity of human beings can be used to derive a new vision and ground design for the future when our future remains uncertain”.

This year, a total of 40 artists from all over the globe will exhibit, including: Ai Weiwei, Aoyama Satoru, Joko Avianto, Broomberg & Chanarin, Maurizio Cattelan and Alex Hartley.

Tickets to the event cost 1,500 in advance or 1,800 yen on the day. Ticket holders are entitled to ride the free shuttle bus between the venues.

Combine your trip to the Yokohama Triennale with a visit to Yokohama’s other attractions, such as the Cup Noodle Museum (where you can create your own cup noodle!), the city's enormous China Town, the Kirin beer factory (which offers free tours) and a stroll along the waterfront at Yamashita Park.

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