Ai Weiwei heads up Japan’s Yokohama Triennale art festival opening this week
The sixth Yokohama Triennale – a major arts festival in the Japanese bayside city of Yokohama – will officially open on 4 August. With the title ‘Islands, Constellations and Galapagos’, the three-month-long festival features exhibitions from a total of 38 local and international contemporary artists, including renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, whose large-scale installation piece of lifeboats and lifejackets, Safe Passage, hangs on the façade of the Yokohama Museum of Art.
Other highlights include a Christian Jankowski piece Heavy Weight History, in which a large public sculpture is ‘massaged’; a weave of 2000 bamboo shoots (reminiscent of Japanese shimenawa ropes that hang at shrines), Big Tree, by Indonesian artist Joko Avianto; and work by Italian satirical sculptor Maurizio Cattellan. Running alongside the exhibitions will be a series of events and public forums.
Exhibitions and events will be held at various venues in Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city just 20 minutes by train south of Tokyo. The festival runs until 5 November. See the Triennale website for full details and ticket information.
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