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YOKOHAMA 2008: International Triennale of Contemporary Art


Yokohama Triennale 2008
Elmgreen & Dragset Catch Me Should I Fall 2008 Photo : Tadahisa Sakurai

September 13–November 30, 2008(Open for 79 days)

Artistic Director: MIZUSAWA Tsutomu
Curators: Daniel BIRNBAUM, HU Fang, MIYAKE Akiko, Hans-Ulrich OBRIST, Beatrix RUF
Main venues: Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall, NYK Waterfront Warehouse (BankART Studio NYK), Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1, Sankeien Garden
Number of Participated artists: 70
Number of works: 66
Total project cost: Approx. 900 million yen
Total number of visitors (to paid venues) :
Approx. 550,000 (Approx. 310,000)
Number of tickets sold: Approx. 90,000
Volunteer registration: 1,510

A new exhibition hall at Shinko Pier was established while the historically scenic spot of Sankeien Garden was also designated as one of the venues in an attempt to present another side of the port city. Centering on the concept of “time” and different ways to approach it, the event consisted of a diverse range of performance programs and performance-based works. Live events were held throughout the triennale, and street corners served as a stage for artists’ performances, in addition to the exhibition venues, transcending mere objects or installations in an exhibition space.

Artist List


Japanese Only


Organizers The Japan Foundation; City of Yokohama; Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK); The Asahi Shimbun; Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
Under the Auspices of Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Agency for Cultural Affairs; Kanagawa Prefectural Government; Kanagawa Shimbun
Special Support Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
Sponsors Bloomberg; Mori Building Co., Ltd.; Shiseido Co., Ltd.; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.; ITOKI Corp.; Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd.; Sagami Railway Co., Ltd.; NYK Line; MORIMOTO Co., Ltd.; I-NET Corp.; Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd.; Tokyu Group; Tokyo Business Service Co., Ltd.; Pacific Holdings,Inc.; Wacoal Corp.; Sigma A & V and Rental Corp; Sakata Seed Co.; Takanashi Milk Products Co., Ltd.; Mabuchi Construction Co., Ltd.; Bank of Yokohama; Yokohama Shinkin Bank; Fancl Corp.; JFE Steel Corp.; C.ILLIES & Co., Ltd.; Ueno Transtech Ltd.
Support Österreichische Botschaft, Österreichisches Kulturforum; Bundesministerium für Unterricht, Kunst und Kultur; The Nomura Cultural Foundation; ifa Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen e.V.; Mondriaan Foundation; CULTURESFRANCE; Pro Helvetia; The Danish Arts Council; The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation; The British Council
Corporate Cooperation INAX Corp.; Japan Airlines; Panasonic Corp.; Beams Co., Ltd.; THE PORT SERVICE Corp.; Inter Office Ltd.