“TWIST and SHOUT” Contemporary Art from Japan

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In relation to the Mekong Japan Exchange Year 2009, the Japan Foundation carried out a research on contemporary art in the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam) in March. Based on the result of the research, the Japan Foundation will hold an exhibition entitled “TWIST and SHOUT: Contemporary Art from Japan” in Bangkok, Thailand this fall to enhance exchange projects on arts in the region.

Installation image of Giant Torayan by Kenji Yanobe
aluminium, steel, brass, FRP, styrofoam
© YANOBE Kenji

Installation image of Monument for Nothing Ⅲ by Makoto Aida
particle board, inkjet print, acrylic, wood bolt
installation view:「Wallworks」Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San
Francisco, 2009
© AIDA Makoto
Courtesy Mizuma Art Gallery

Exhibition Concept

Due to the delay in the development of large-scale facilities, contemporary arts in Thailand had been exhibited mainly at relatively small spaces such as artist-run or alternative spaces and university-affiliated galleries until a huge complex “Bangkok Art and Culture Centre” (BACC) opened in July 2008. This 1,000 square-meter facility on three floors of a nine-story building demands exhibition projects that take advantage of the space. For this purpose, cooperation from Japan is increasingly sought after.

This exhibition is an opportunity to show young curators and artists in Thailand how to organize a large-scale exhibition by collaborating in planning and implementing such project. We hope it will result in next collaborative project in the region.

Dates November 20, 2009 - January 10, 2010
Venue Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Organizers The Japan Foundation, Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Coorporation The Jim Thompson Art Center
Curators Kubota Kenji (Independent Curator)
Nose Yoko (Curator, Toyota Municipal Museum of Art)
Exhibiting artists Chapter 1: TWISTED WORLD / TWISTED MIND
Kusama Yayoi, Yanobe Kenji, Aida Makoto, Odani Motohiko, Yamamoto Keisuke, Kaneuji Teppei, Chiba Masaya

Aoyama Satoru, Aoki Ryoko, Izumi Taro, Nobi Aniki, Nishino Tatzu, Amemiya Yosuke

Chapter 3: SHOUT IT LOUD or LOW
Shiga Lieko, Takamine Tadasu, Miyajima Tatsuo, Endo Ichiro


[Opening Events]


Date: Thursday, November 19, 2009
“To The Future” by Endo Ichiro

Talk Show

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2009
Venue: Auditorium, BACC
Participants: Japanese artists, Thai artists, curators, etc.
Discussion on creative work environment and awareness by Japanese and Thai

[Closing Events]

Miyajima Tatsuo Talk Show “Art and Society”

Date/Time: Saturday, January 9, 2010 14:00-16:30
Venue: Auditorium, 5F, Bangkok Arts and Culture Centre

Miiyajima Tatsuo will hold a talk with his Thai contemporaries on the subject of art and society. In Part 1, Miyajima will do a presentation on his past works and concept, and in Part 2, Thai curator Gridthiya Gaweewong and art critic Anusorn Tipayanont will join Miyajima to discuss the role of art in the contemporary societies of Thailand and Japan.

Yanobe Kenji Talk Show

Date/Time: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 13:00-15:00
Venue: Wang Tha Phra Campus, Silpakorn University

For this talk, Yanobe Kenji will introduce past and current works and discuss his theme of survival and revival, and share his thoughts on Japanese contemporary art.
*To be held in consecutive translation (Japanese/Thai)


Twist and Shout
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“Twist and Shout: Contemporary Art from Japan”
This is a catalog of the first large-scale exhibition of contemporary art from Japan held in Thailand. Exhibited pop art works of 17 artists representing Japan in the 2000s are printed in full color.
Exhibiting artists Kusama Yayoi, Yanobe Kenji,
Aida Makoto, Odani Motohiko, Yamamoto Keisuke,
Kaneuji Teppei, Chiba Masaya,
Aoki Ryoko, Izumi Taro,
Nobi Aniki, Nishino Tatzu,
Amemiya Yosuke, Aoyama Satoru,
Shiga Lieko, Takamine Tadasu,
Miyajima Tatsuo, Endo Ichiro
Editor Furuichi Yasuko
Contributors of texts Kubota Kenji, Nose Yoko,
Penwadee Nophaket Manont, Pichaya Suphavanji
Published by The Japan Foundation
Published on November, 2009
Total pages 157 pages
Language English / Thai
Size 19.0x24.0x1.5cm
Price 1,904yen(tax excluded)

[Contact Us]

Attention: Furuichi
Visual Arts Section, Arts and Culture Dept., The Japan Foundation
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004

Tel: 03-5369-6062 Fax: 03-5369-6038

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