ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART TRIENNIAL
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is a modern art festival, held every three years in the rural Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial is a modern art festival, held every three years in the rural Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture. Contemporary artworks by many artists from across the world are exhibited across the 760 square kilometers large Echigo-Tsumari region during the triennials, and many of them remain in place between triennials, making a visit worthwhile at any time.
Besides the art exhibits, the Echigo-Tsumari region attracts with its rural landscape of terraced rice fields, forested hills, and small villages. It is a place to see ‘satoyama’, the traditional Japanese lifestyle of humans in harmony with nature.
However, the Echigo-Tsumari region is dealing with grave problems, including a rapidly aging society and a dramatic depopulation, as many young people leave the region to escape the extreme winters and find better opportunities in the cities. Furthermore, the Echigo-Tsumari region was hit badly by a strong earthquake in 2004. The Chuetsu Earthquake in 2004, killed thirty-nine people, injured thousands, and damaged many buildings. The Chuetsu Oki Earthquake in 2007 was also felt in the Tsumari-Echigo region but did not cause damage.
The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial was first held in the year 2000 as part of a plan to revitalize the region. The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial has succeeded to attract more visitors to the region and involve the local population.
In the 2017 edition, the Curitiba Biennial had the title of “Antipodes- Diverse and Reverse” and had the highlighted participation of China as an honored country, presenting 62 renowned Chinese artists and becoming the biggest Chinese contemporary art exhibition to have been presented in Latin America. Besides the more than 60 artists from China, the public could check works and performances of artists from the five continents. The 2017 edition had more than 1 million visitors from Brazil and the world in the more than a hundred spaces taken over by Curitiba Biennial and in other cities of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Argentina, and Uruguay. The first Coventry Biennial took place from 6th – 22nd October 2017 in venues across the city, the center-piece being the wonderfully sprawling CET Building, now under redevelopment.
The second Biennial takes place from the 4th October – 24th November 2019 and the third festival will take place in 2021 when Coventry will be in its year-long celebration as UK City of Culture.