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Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change

April 27, 2016
Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change

Abandoned buildings repurposed as surreal dream houses, a million tulip petals falling from the sky: every three years the remote snow country of Echigo-Tsumari is transformed into a spellbinding art festival. Conceived as a way of revitalizing a depopulated region, the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is not only one of the world’s largest art festivals, it is a powerful force for social change. In collaboration with the local community, the bucolic landscape is turned into a multi-media exhibit space, drawing in artists and admirers from around the world. Come hear from participating artists Marina Abramović, Cai Guo-Qiang, and Emilia Kabakov, as well as creator and General Director Fram Kitagawa. Asian art specialist Midori Yamamura joins the discussion, and Japan Society Gallery Director Yukie Kamiya moderates. Co-organized by Midori Yamamura.

Note: We regret to announce that Ilya Kabakov is no longer able to participate in Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change. His wife and partner, Emilia Kabakov, will still be coming to discuss their contribution to the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

Tickets: $20/$16 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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Country of Dreams: Art Festival as Social Change is co-organized by Fordham University

This program is funded, in part, by The Japan Foundation, New York.

  • April 27, 2016
  • 6:30 pm