NEWSText: Aya Shomura


Parasophia: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture 2015” will start from March 7th to May 10th, in Kyoto. It is the first large-scale international exhibition of contemporary art to be held in Kyoto. Approximately 40 artists from around the world will participate in the two-month exhibition at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, The Museum of Kyoto, Kyoto Art Center and other locations in Kyoto.


This art fair is a platform for thought and creativity and a medium for their generation. The aim is not to be simply entertainment, a reconfir- mation of what we already know and love, but to be a workshop of the mind that will give rise to the cultural assets of a decade hence. Its goal is to build the base for a sustainable international festival of the arts that is deep and multilayered, at once a stimulating source of fun for the whole family and a forum for exchange of ideas among leading minds of the world.

Many of these artists also have taken part in the 700 days before the exhibition, making extended visited to Kyoto for site visits, collaborations, and other research for new works that will be presented at the first exhibition in 2015. Indeed, “Parasophia” places emphasis on offering each artist sufficient exhibition space and thorough support, and aims to create a space that differs from the trendy extravaganzas that some international art exhibitions have become––a space for artists to pause, think, and create among the people of the city, a Kyoto that lies in a “para” position. Parasophia is another realm of the intellect, which lies across the divide. The name Parasophia alone adequately encapsulates the unique character and color of this international exhibition.

PARASOPHIA: Kyoto International Festival of Contemporary Culture
Date: March 7th – May 10th, 2015
Place: Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art, The Museum of Kyoto, Horikawa Housing Complex (Kamichoja-machi Building), Areas near the cross streets of Kawaramachi and Shiokoji Streets and Kamo River Delta (Demachiyanagi)
Tel: +81 (0)75 661 3755

Text: Aya Shomura

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