AICHI TRIENNALE 2016

HAPPENINGText: Jo Phirip

Aichi Triennale 2016, which started from August 11th for 74 days, was closed on October 23rd. Under Chihiro Minato artistic director, the 3rd festival had a theme “Homo Faber: A Rainbow Caravan”. Every exhibition provided visitors happiness and colorfulness to feel like traveling world.

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Jerry Gretzinger “Jerry’s Map” Aichi Prefecture Museum of Art.
Imaginary picture of map, which was used for main visual

Symbol of Aichi Triennale 2016 designed by Yasuhito Nagahara was parametric logotype, which refined different logo every time in the program. It gave movement and brilliance to each site. The yellow color of the logo was decided from the image of the soil. It suited with Aichi which has cities like Seto where are famous for ceramic industry.

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Symbol displayed with various formats. Photo: Yasuhito Nagahara

The exhibition was divided into 3 areas: Nagoya, Okazaki, and Toyohashi. Here are some pickups by area.

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Shinji Ohmaki “Echoes Infinity: Moment and Eternity” Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art.
Beautiful and colorful rug of sand picture was suddenly spread in the pure white space

Nagoya had Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Aichi Arts Center, Nagoya City Art Museum, Choja-machi site, Sakae site, and Nagoya Station site. There were many works that had sense of soil (ceramics), water, and environment. Works of researchers, workshops, and participation type works were also characteristic here.

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Masao Okabe. Installation view at Aichi Triennale 2016 exhibition. Nagoya city art museum. Photo: Tetsuo Ito

Frottage by Masao Okabe were seen almost all the venues. Frottage is a technique taking a rubbing from an uneven surface to form the basis of a work of art. As his lifework, Okabe has been traveling around the world and making frottage of history and memory of each land.

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