Thursday March 30th 2017

Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition opens in Tokyo

The homecoming exhibition of the first ever joint Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition entitled, “Breathing Atolls opened at the multi-purpose cultural center “Spiral” in Minami Aoyama (near Ometo Sando), Tokyo, on 24th May and will run until 3rd June 2012. This joint exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation and is aimed at raising awareness on the numerous challenges faced by the Maldives due to global climate change.

The opening ceremony of the exhibition was held on 23rd May 2012 in the evening. H.E. Mr. Hiroyasu Ando, President of the Japan Foundation, H.E. Mr. Tadahiro Matsushita, President of the Japan Maldives Parliamentarians Friendship League, H.E. Mr. Yoshitaka Shindo, Secretary-General of the Japan Maldives Parliamentarians Friendship League, H.E. Mr. Ahmed Khaleel, Ambassador of the Maldives to Japan and several hundred other guests from the Japan art sector and friends of the Maldives in Japan participated in the ceremony.

Speaking at the ceremony Ambassador Khaleel, on behalf of the government of the Maldives, thanked the Japan Foundation and the government of Japan for organizing the exhibition. He said that there is no doubt that the exhibition would help build people to people contact and further strength and solidify the strong bond of friendship and understanding that the two countries so happily enjoy.

The exhibition was first held in Male’ the capital of the Maldives, in collaboration with the Maldives Centre for the Arts (NCA), from 20th March to 19th April 2012. At the exhibition, six Japanese art units and two Maldivian artists produced and showcased their works through installation, video, architecture, photography and paintings.

Prior to the exhibition the Japanese artists conducted on-site research in the Maldives and observed the geographic and cultural environment peculiar to the Maldives and its people.

This was the first full-scale contemporary art exhibition to be held in the Maldives.

The Japan International Broadcasting Inc national broadcasting corporation of Japan NHK “NHK World TV” will feature the exhibition in a video documentary to overseas on 25th and 26th May.  The program will be broadcast in approximately 130 countries and the prospective viewers are about 154,050,000 people.   International Broadcasting Schedule (JST):May 25 (Fri.) 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m. May 26 (Sat.) 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

For more information please click on the following The Japan Foundation press release on the exhibition.

JF Press release on Breathing Atolls – Japan0Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition (Japanese)

JF Press release on Breathing Atolls – Japan-Maldives Contemporary Art Exhibition (English)

Date: 11:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m., May 24 (Thu.) to June 3 (Sun.), 2012
Venue: Spiral Garden (The 1st floor, Spiral, 5-6-23 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Admission: Free
Organizer: The Japan Foundation
Curator: Sachiko Namba (I plus N Ltd.)
Artists: Tetsuro Kano, Haruka Kojin, Yukihiro Taguchi, Fujiko Nakaya, Terunobu Fujimori,  Yodogawa Technique, Afu (Afzal Shaafiu Hasan), Ali Nishan (Millzero)
Cooperation: NEC Display Solutions, Ltd., Spiral/Wacoal Art Center, Mujinto Production, YUKARI ART, Tateishi Construction Ltd., Nihon Tokushu Kogaku Jushi Co., Ltd., DIY-TOOL.COM, Kitamin Labo Sha
Contact: Mr. Takeda, Murakami, The Japan Foundation, Arts and Culture Dept., Asia and Oceania Section, TEL: 03-5369-6062 FAX: 03-5369-6038  Hidekazu_Takeda@jpf.go.jp  or  Juri_Murakami@jpf.go.jp

 

 

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