ART CELEBRATION IN NARA – BEYOND TIME AND SPACE

HAPPENINGText: Taketo Oguchi

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Warehouse in Kitafuro-cho / “Story of the droplets” Aiko Miyanaga (Japan)  Photo: Keizo Kioku

Wide-raging pieces including work by an international artist Aiko Miyanaga and local artists are displayed in the space of historical local houses and warehouses. There are modern cultural art galleries, cafes, and shops in Naramachi and you might find a new discovery on the street.

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Daianji Temple / “Tower of scaffolding” Tadashi Kawamata (Japan)  Photo: Keizo Kioku

In addition, we can see artwork at Daianji Temple by Tadashi Kawamata (Japan), Yakushiji Temple by Shilpa Gupta (India), Toshodaiji Temple by Diana Al-Hadid (Syria) and Saidaiji Temple by Ayşe Erkmen (Turkey). Because those places are far from center of Nara as I introduced above, you will need to use transportation facilities to go there. But you should go there if you have the time.

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Toshodaiji Temple / “The Unicorn Escapes” Diana Al-Hadid (Syria)  Photo: Keizo Kioku

The meeting of the past (traditional culture) and today (contemporary art) entitled “Beyond Time and Space” is a pilgrimage to rediscover history and fascination of the ancient capital and a journey to foresee the future of creative East Asia. By respecting and understanding each culture, the relationship of East Asia would be able to progress more. The continuation of cultural exchanges will be a new priority in the world.

Art Celebration in Nara – Beyond Time and Space
Date: September 3rd – October 23rd, 2016
Place: Todaiji Temple, Kasugataisha Shrine, Kohfukuji Temple, Gangoji Temple, Daianji Temple, Yakushiji Temple, Toshodaiji Temple, Saidaiji Temple, Naramachi, Heijo Palace Site, Nara Hyakunen Kaikan (Nara Centennial Hall), etc.
Admission: Free (Some programs and projects ask for admission)
Host: Executive Committee of Culture City of East Asia 2016, Nara
Co-host: Agency for Cultural Affairs
http://culturecity-nara.com/kotohogunara/

Text: Taketo Oguchi
Translation: Hanae Kawai
Photos: Courtesy of Executive Committee, Culture City of East Asia 2016, Nara

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