The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

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Christine Cunanan for The Frequent Flier in Travelife Magazine

In Nagoya this weekend, we visited the Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center. This is one of the largest international contemporary art festivals in Japan.

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya
At the Aichi Triennale in Nagoya

It features the works of many established modern artists from Japan and other countries. Over 80 artists and groups showcase works designed to make visitors think and reflect on modern life.

LIVING IN AN ELECTRONIC AGE

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

This year’s theme is “Taming Y/ Our Passion.” It’s about the lack of emotions in today’s world, with so many people reliant on the Internet for communications. The Internet offers much information but everything is so impersonal. So there are almost no emotions.

In addition, some people believe that the Internet age has no depth as everything is highly changeable at a moment’s notice online.

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AICHI TRIENNALE 2019 AT AICHI ARTS CENTER IN NAGOYA

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

So this year’s exhibition can be seen as a call for people to return to the kind of life with more emotions and less reliance on electronic forms of communication.

There were many interesting exhibits at the Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center.

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

At the main entrance itself, a thought-provoking installation created by a group of Japanese artists using 3D sculptural methods stood.

Entitled “Kiss or Two Phones,” it was a big statement about the impersonal nature of electronic forms of communication, at the very beginning of the exhibition itself.

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

HYPOCRISY IN DAILY LIFE

Another very interesting exhibit at the Aichi Triennale 2019 was a video installation of a group of Germans standing together casually. These Germans stood smiling for one hour, and they were captured on video for the entire hour.

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

Apparently, some of the Germans on the video ended up crying or displaying some unpredictable emotions because the act of smiling for one hour is too difficult to do in a real sense.

What does this imply? For me, this installation calls the attention of visitors to the hypocrisy of smiling all the time. I believe it is showing us that it is impossible for most people to maintain a happy smile all the time. Therefore, one should be one’s real self and not even try to keep smiling.

A ROOM FULL OF CLOWNS

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

I also liked a room full of statues of clowns in varying states of relaxation. It was colourful, mesmerising and fascinating all at the same time. I could have stayed in this room all day.

The Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya

The exhibit is curated by a Japanese journalist named Daisuke Tsuda. He oversees this exhibit as well as live performances in different venues in Nagoya until October 14, 2019. All in all, the Aichi Triennale 2019 at the Aichi Arts Center is a wonderful event that art lovers should not miss if they are in Nagoya.

Read more about what to do in Nagoya in Travelife Magazine.

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