Poster for Tenjo Sajiki's Subscribers by Shuji Terayama
Shuji Terayama
Advertisement Poster for Tenjo Sajiki's Subscribers, 1967
Design: Tadanori Yokoo, Courtesy Poster Hari’s Company,
© 2013 Eiko Terayama / Terayama World

Timed to coincide with the Venice Biennale’s 55th International Art Exhibition, the Japan Foundation will present a special exhibition titled "Unattained Landscape" in conjunction with the Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa. Focusing on the theme of identity in Japanese culture, the event will consist of works by both Japanese and foreign artists representing a wide range of genres, including contemporary art, graphic design, literature, film, sound and manga. In organizing this exhibition, the Japan Foundation aims to foster greater global understanding, transmit information about Japanese culture and contribute to international cultural activities.

Dates: Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, October 20, 2013
11:00 a.m.~ 6:00 p.m. 
closed on every Monday and Tuesday
Venue: Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
Palazzetto Tito
Dorsoduro 2826, Venice
Organizers: The Japan Foundation
Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa
In Cooperation with: Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu
Supported by: NEC Display Solutions Ltd.
Kikkoman Corporation
JFC Deutschland GmbH
Kagoshima Prefecture
Kagoshima Sake and Shochu Makers Association
Participants: Meiro Koizumi
Simon Fujiwara
Shuji Terayama
Tomoko Yoneda
Marina Abramović
Maurizio Cattelan & Pierpaolo Ferrari
Keren Cytter
Tacita Dean
Hiroya Oku
Jim O'Rourke

David Peace
Rirkrit Tiravanija
Curators: Didier Faustino
Akiko Miyake
Angela Vettese
Assistant curators: Sumi Hayashi
Sachiko Namba
Exhibition Design: Bureau des Mésarchitectures
Catalog & Graphic Design: Zak Kyes/Zak Group
Jim O'Rourke will present a selection of Japanese films by;
Rei Hayama, INITIAL VAPOR, 2012 
Tomoya Maeno, FOOTED TADPOLES, 2009
Takashi Makino, 2012, 2013  
Tetsuaki Matsue, Live Tape, 2009 Nagisa Oshima  Band of Ninja, 1967  
Tetsuya Tomina  At the last stop called Ghost Chimney, 2013 

Photo titled Former house of General Wang Shu-ming, the Chief of Staff under Chiang Kai-Shek, Cidong Street, 1, by Tomoko Yoneda
Tomoko Yoneda
Former house of General Wang Shu-ming,
the Chief of Staff under Chiang Kai-Shek,
Cidong Street, I
© 2010 Tomoko Yoneda
Courtesy ShugoArts

Photo titled Death Poems for the Living Mouth of Tokyo by Meiro Koizumi
Meiro Koizumi
Death Poems for the Living Mouth of Tokyo
© 2013 Meiro Koizumi

Installation image of The Personal Effects of Theo Grünberg, by Simon Fujiwara
Simon Fujiwara
The Personal Effects of Theo Grünberg
Installation view: Julia Stoschek Foundation,
© 2010 Simon Fujiwara


“Unattained Landscape” is an exhibition that promotes art and cultural exchanges held within the Japan Foundation to ultimately reflect contemporary creation by reconsidering and questioning the islands of Japan as potential models for contemporary culture. How can this vast and dispersed land be home to a common culture? How might it invoke common sensations in those who visit? How does this inform judgment on communities, however scattered and fragmented, on a global scale?
“Unattained Landscape” challenges the archipelago – the land in its contemporary form, and whatever it means to belong to a community, including the conditions of formation and its relation to a territory. As nations are perpetually made or unmade, and as they subsequently mark territories with new physical boundaries, mental and temporal maps imperceptibly emerge to create invisible, discontinuous territories that transcend notions of a ‘nation’. These maps reveal an imaginary version of Japan; they convey desires and paradigms of a country represented not only by a group of cities, poetry, games or food, but by a fusion of fantasies invoked and inspired by Japanese and non-Japanese minds and films.
Artists invited to take part in the exhibition will contribute to opening new insights in an attempt to answer these questions.

The exhibition will feature the work of Japanese and international artists from multiple creative fields: visual art, graphic design, cartoon, literature, performance, sound and film. Ultimately, “Unattained Landscape” proposes an overlapping of skills, attitudes and disciplines that promotes a way beyond the repetitive format of traditional contemporary art exhibitions. This renewed curatorial approach functions as the best way of describing the hectic changes within Japanese identity, and it is a microcosm that illustrates worldwide changes in how global communities choose to conceive, represent and live life.

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