11:30-13:30 Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tadao Ando, Soichiro Fukutake
& Fram Kitagawa,"Setouchi Triennale"
北川 フラム、同, 総合ディレクター
Part artistic festival and part regional revitalization program, the Setouchi Triennale is the brainchild of Benesse chairman and arts philanthropist Soichiro Fukutake.
Fukutake has been the driving force in turning the rapidly depopulating islands of the Seto Inland Sea – near where he grew up – into hubs for local and international art.
His efforts have culminated in the Setouchi triennale (directed by his long-time collaborator Fram Kitagawa), which is running this year for the second time featuring 210 participating artists and project teams from 23 countries.
The New Zealand based Fukutake is a strident critic of the centralization of power and population in Tokyo and preaches the need to revive rural Japan.
The triennale offers viewers the chance to see permanent and temporary contemporary art works on 12 separate islands, including Naoshima, which is home to several buildings designed by architect Tadao Ando, including the Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum.
Like the other similar event run by Fukutake and Kitagawa – the Echigo Tsumari Triennale in Niigata – Setouchi will use abandoned houses and schools to display many works of art.
Fukutake, Kitagawa and Ando have been involved since the start in the effort to revitalize these islands – several of which were previously best known for pollution scandals – and helping the people of the area to have a better future.
The three men will come to the club to speak about their efforts and the future directions for the arts, depopulation, decentralization and politics in Japan.