Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto Executive Committee will organize a major contemporary art exhibition as part of the main program of Culture City of East Asia 2017 Kyoto running from September to November 2017, featuring a range of Japanese, Chinese and Korean artists at Kyoto Art Center and the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nijo Castle.
Details will be announced on this web page soon.
Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)｜8:45-17:00 *Admission until 30 minutes before closing
*Daidokoro Kitchen and Tonan Sumi-yagura (Southeast Watchtower) opens 9:00-16:45
Kyoto Art Center｜10:00-20:00 *open everyday
Culture City of East Asia takes place annually in cities selected by the governments of Japan, China and South Korea as a series of yearlong cultural and arts events and exchange projects, furthering the development of the host cities as well as promoting mutual understanding and solidarity in the region through the power of culture. Alongside fellow 2017 host cities Changsha (China) and Daegu (South Korea), Kyoto will organize a wide range of events, including traditional culture, contemporary art, performing arts, music, manga (comic books), and anime (animation). Through the framework of its interchange with the other two host cities, Kyoto will strengthen reciprocity across the whole of East Asia as well as deepen ties between Japan, China and South Korea by the power of culture, and revitalize the region.
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Born in 1947 in Kyoto, Tatehata Akira graduated with a degree in French literature from Waseda University in 1972. From 2005–11 he served as director of The National Museum of Art, Osaka, and was president of Kyoto City University of Arts from 2011–15. He has been director of Museum of Modern Art, Saitama since 2011 and president of Tama Art University since 2016. He specializes in modern and contemporary art. He has been involved with numerous Asian modern and contemporary art projects and international exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale, where he was commissioner for the Japan Pavilion in 1990 and 1993, and as artistic director for Yokohama Triennale 2001 and Aichi Triennale 2010.
This castle in Kyoto was constructed by the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period (1603–1868), first in 1603 by the first shogun, Ieyasu, and then enlarged in 1626 by the third shogun, Iemitsu. It was later used to house the Kyoto prefectural government and as a villa for the imperial family. Its grounds, surrounded by a moat stretching approximately 500 meters east to west and approximately 400 meters north to south, are a designated National Historic Site and were also registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994 as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto. The existing Ninomaru Palace (a National Treasure) comprises six buildings made in the shoin-zukuri architectural style that offers a sense of the sophistication of Momoyama-period art through its sculptures and ornaments. Inside there are 3,600 wall paintings by artists of the Kano school, including 1,016 designated Important National Treasures. Ninomaru Palace overlooks Ninomaru Garden (a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty), which was renovated by Kobori Masakazu. In 1788, Honmaru Palace was destroyed by fire and replaced by the former Katsura Palace (an Important National Treasure) that was relocated from the Kyoto Imperial Enclosure. Nijo Castle occupies a unique position in the history of the Edo-era shoguns, hosting both the celebrations to mark the start of the first shogun’s reign and also the last shogun’s transfer of power to the emperor in 1867, which is exactly 150 years ago in 2017.
Kyoto Art Center opened in April 2000 as a place for artists and people connected to the arts to carry out their activities, aiming to comprehensively promote art in the city of Kyoto. Alongside supporting activities related to art and spreading information about art widely, it organizes a broad range of projects aspiring to create interchange through art between residents and artists. Not only contemporary visual art, it also works with practitioners across many other fields, including traditional performing arts, music, theatre, dance, and crafts. It is actively involved with producing new work as well as furthering international exchange and disseminating information.
The building that houses the center is the renovated Meirin Elementary School and a superb example of modern architecture in the city, located in one of the districts in central Kyoto associated with the Gion Festival.