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ABOUT TOKYO BIENNALE

From "me" to "us"
The city's creativity reawakens, a space for open experimentation


Cultural activity has the power to connect disparate things, and to draw each of us together. With Tokyo’s accumulation of wide-ranging values and individual lifestyles, it is becoming difficult for people to see the "where, who, and what" of their surroundings. While the single existence of "me" stands out, we cannot grasp the reality of our neighborhoods, our past and future, and all that goes into "us" living here today.

Yet in Tokyo, or even greater society, “anxieties” felt by anyone at any place or time surely cannot be subdued by the thoughts or existences of the “individual”. We believe that when the individual consciousness of “me” expands to form the overarching consciousness of “us”, then for the first time, we may reach the center of our problems, in turn leading to solutions.

“The Japan International Art Exhibition (Tokyo Biennale)” was an international exhibition held in the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno during the post-war reconstruction period. Among its continued years of exhibition, the 10th running in 1970 carrying the theme, “Between man and matter”, left a profound trace in the history of Japanese art. As half a century has passed, in a Tokyo where forms and methods of art have drastically changed, we seek to open the “Tokyo Biennale” in 2020 as a space to create and experiment with new frameworks.

Rather than an international event for the sake of art, through carefully taking in the cultural resources that dwell in the city and drawing out their possibilities, this is a framework for widening our consciousness and creative activities from “me” to “us”. Therefore, we not only call for artists to participate, as we take on an approach from all directions including art, design, architecture, town planning, and more.


Tokyo Biennale Citizens Committee Joint Representatives
Kazuko Koike (Creative Director)
Masato Nakamura (Artist)

TOKYO BIENNARE
PLANNING FOR 2020

それぞれのプロジェクトは、2020年の「東京ビエンナーレ」に向けて進行中です。プロジェクトがこれからどのように進んでいくのか、そのプロセスも今後公開し、新しいフレームや仕組みが立ち上がる様子を共有していきます。

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「一般社団法人東京ビエンナーレ」では、東京ビエンナーレの運営・実施を支える「賛助会員」を募集いたします。市民を主体に東京で立ち上がる、新たな動きにご賛同頂ける個人・法人の皆様のご参加を心からお待ちしております。様々な形で東京ビエンナーレを知りながら、応援いただければ幸いです。
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