by Tadashi Kawamata
The Yokohama Triennale 2005 (the second Yokohama International Triennale of Contemporary Art) ended on Dec. 18.
I would like to thank everyone who visited the exhibition. Mostly, I would like to express my sincere to the artists involved for their cooperation that helped make this event such a success. Thank you again for all who took part in this event.
We plan to publish a documentary-style book featuring reports and photographs of various activities held during the exhibition period, as well as the event’s income and expenditure figures. Please look forward to it.
“Art Circus (Jumping from the Ordinary)”
At this, Yokohama’s second International Triennale of Contemporary
Art, some 80 artists, musicians, performers, and architects
from around the world are presenting their works in the main
exhibition venue, located in and around these two warehouses
on Yamashita Pier. Artworks and art projects of wide-ranging
character will be found displayed here, each in a manner giving
sensitive thought to the character of this location. Other
artworks are displayed in several locations around Yokohama,
also in a manner giving play to the special character of their
Our theme—“Art Circus: Jumping from the Ordinary.”
One might ordinarily think of an art exhibition as a place
to quietly stand and contemplate artworks. For Yokohama 2005,
however, given the distinctly unusual character of its location — a
pair of warehouses, and these located in a “bonded district” for
imported goods liable to duty — we have taken a freewheeling
approach in constructing an exhibition that offers numerous
different art experiences.
In theme place of a character somewhat removed from ordinary
daily life, reached by passing through a circus arena set
up near the entrance, viewers will enjoy encounters with artworks
that seem to leap out in succession like events in a circus
program. Within these encounters, we would like them to experience
at close range the “jump from the ordinary” that
artists make in their attainment of art expression.
Conceived as an exhibition that, like a “work-in-progress,” continually
changes and grows, Yokohama 2005 will feature workshops and
events of all kinds throughout its duration. Viewers may find
the artworks and displays to appear different with each visit,
for the accent will be on progressive change throughout the
82 days the exhibition is open.
What will change and how?
“Seeing is believing.” We hope you will visit Yokohama
2005 more than once to explore with your own senses the world
of new expressive potential that contemporary artists have
Theme / “Art Circus (Jumping from the Ordinary)” /
/ Developing and Changing / Involvement with the site / Collaboration with others /