Japan Arts Council/ Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
TOKYO BIENNALE 2023 THEME
Tokyo Biennale 2023: Create Linkage aims to capture the “linkages” between us and our surroundings. Places, time, people, microorganisms, plants, events, objects, information—we live in a world in which all things are intricately interrelated and ever-changing. Tokyo, in particular, is a society interwoven by extremely dense relationships.
How can we make new connections with the history, culture, and communities of Tokyo, and with the people who support them? How can we create new connections? How can we strengthen and deepen connections? One of the social roles of art today may be its ability to relate to the social environment from unrestricted perspectives. Tokyo Biennale 2023 aims to be a place where participants and visitors can find their own “linkages” based on art’s power to connect, enabling new connections to emerge and expand.
MESSAGE FROM THE GENERAL DIRECTORS
As we look forward to the opening of Tokyo Biennale 2023—Creating Linkage, an international art festival originating in local areas of Tokyo, we are eagerly awaiting together with all involved to see what form this art festival, created with the citizens of Tokyo, will take.
We have been preparing for this year's Tokyo Biennale under the theme of Create Linkage. Many of the projects you will experience at this year's Tokyo Biennale have emerged from various locations in Tokyo with the aim of reconsidering the connections that exist within the city, and of creating new linkages from them. We hope that you will take the time throughout the summer and fall sessions to discover the various “connections” found in Tokyo, a city with unique and diverse cultural strata, through the unbound perspectives offered by art. We hope that Tokyo Biennale 2023 will be a place where each and every one of you will be able to discover “connections” that are important to you.
Masato Nakamura, Min Nishihara
General Directors, Tokyo Biennale 2023
Art x Community x Industry
A new city and culture to call our own, built by our own hands in our own place.