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The Japan Foundation

SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

May 19, 2017

The Japan Foundation Asia Center

SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

The Japan Foundation Asia Center, the National Art Center, Tokyo, and Mori Art Museum will jointly present SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now exhibition from Wednesday, July 5 to Monday, October 23, 2017.

This will be one of the largest Southeast Asian contemporary art exhibitions in history. The three parties came together for this first-ever joint exhibition that has selected approximately 180 artworks by 86 artists/groups from 10 ASEAN member countries as a result of the two-and-a-half-year-long field research conducted in the region, and are to exhibit them in two separate venues.

The Japan Foundation Asia Center participated in most of the research trips the curatorial team conducted, making use of the knowledge gained through the Foundation’s overseas offices in seven Southeast Asian countries and arts exchange the Foundation has been carrying out. The preparation processes of the exhibition, including research trips, planning meetings, and symposiums, have been shared online as SEA Project (SEA: Southeast Asia; www.seaproject.asia). The exhibition will come to fruition in 2017, the year of which is the 50th anniversary of ASEAN, through these processes.
During the exhibition period, related events that aimed at disseminating information of the culture and society of Southeast Asian countries will be held.

[Dates] Wednesday, July 5 – Monday, October 23, 2017
[Venues] The National Art Center, Tokyo, Special Exhibition Hall 2E; Mori Art Museum
[Organized by] The Japan Foundation Asia Center; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum
[Co-organized by] The Asahi Shimbun, The Tokyo Shimbun, Nikkei Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK

The Japan Foundation Asia Center http://jfac.jp/en/
The Japan Foundation is Japan’s principal independent administrative institution dedicated to carrying out cultural exchange initiatives throughout the world. The Asia Center, established in April 2014, is a division within the Foundation that conducts and supports collaborative initiatives with its Asian-primarily ASEAN-counterparts. Through interacting and working together in Japanese-language education, arts and culture, sports, and grassroots and intellectual exchange, the Asia Center pursues to develop the sense of kinship and coexistence as neighboring inhabitants of Asia.