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About us


The Yokohama Triennale is an international exhibition of contemporary art held in Yokohama once every three years. The exhibition features both internationally renowned and up-and-coming artists, and presents the latest trends and expressions in contemporary art.

Since its inauguration in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale has addressed the relationships between Japan and the world, and the individual and society, and reexamined the social role of art from a variety of perspectives, in response to a world in constant flux.

The first three editions (2001, 2005, 2008) were primarily organized and overseen by the Japan Foundation to enhance cultural exchange between Japan and other countries and cultures through contemporary art. From the fourth edition (2011), the City of Yokohama has been the primary organizer of the event.
The Yokohama Triennale is a national project supported by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, and also a project that represents the ‘Culture, Art and Creative City Yokohama’.

The Mission of the Yokohama Triennale


The Yokohama Triennale, one of the leading international exhibitions of contemporary art in Japan, will spearhead the development of ‘Culture, Art and Creative City Yokohama’and cultivate a spiritually rich society that embraces diversity.


To open
new channels
through art

By celebrating contemporary art, the Yokohama Triennale provides opportunities to engage with a wide range of expressions, which transcend any given genre or era, to foster better understanding between people from many different generations and backgrounds.

To engage
with the world

As a national project, the Yokohama Triennale strives to contribute to international exchange and mutual understanding through its commitment to conveying new principles and values.

To engage
with the community

By collaborating with partners in ‘Culture, Art and Creative City Yokohama’, the Yokohama Triennale enhances and promotes the unique resources in the city.

Striving for excellence / Nurturing future generations /Contributing to shaping an inclusive society / Engaging with the Community / Celebrating art / Attracting business and tourism