2023 Public Programs

Art Talks

Art Talks brings together artists, curators, and collectors, as well as leading professionals from a variety of fields. Through exposure to multiple perspectives, participants deepen their understanding of the global art world and explore important themes of contemporary society.

Location : PACIFICO Yokohama 2F Annex Hall F206

Friday 7 July

Session 1 :
12 PM – 1 PM

Artist & Collector Dialogue:
Takuro Kuwata × Shin Takeuchi 

Takuro Kuwata is an artist who continues to create ever-evolving works while utilizing traditional ceramic techniques, and Shin Takeuchi has been developing the Visional Collection since Visional’s founding.

Art ambassador Terri Fujii will interview these two individuals who consistently captivate the world with innovative ideas.

Guests :

Takuro Kuwata : Artist

Shin Takeuchi : Art Collector,  Director & CTO at Visional Corporation

Terri Fujii : Art Ambassador (Moderator)

Session 2 :
2 PM – 3 PM

Art & Fashion Dialogue:
Kanako Sakai × Shohei Takasaki

Art and fashion, throughout the ages, have always demonstrated innovation and posed questions to the world through creative expression. Both always resonate with each other and at the same time address social challenges. In this session, the impact of this creative interplay will be explored through a dialogue centered around art.

Guests :

Kanako Sakai : Editorial Director of ELLE & Harper’s BAZAAR Group / Editor-in-Chief of ELLE Digital

Shohei Takahashi : Artist

Miwa Kutsuna :  Contemporary Art Historian, Curator and Director

Session 3 :
4 PM – 5 PM

Takeo Obayashi × Mami Kataoka × Kohei Nawa

Takeo Obayashi, Mami Kataoka, and Kohei Nawa will talk about the challenges they face and the progress they continue to make in leading a city, its community, and its culture from their respective fields of business, museums, and art.

Guests :

Takeo Obayashi : 
Obayashi Corporation Chairman of the Board, 
The Obayashi Foundation Chairman of the Board

Mami Kataoka : Director, Mori Art Museum

Kohei Nawa : Sculptor, Director of Sandwich Inc., Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts

Saturday 8 July

Session 4 :
1 PM – 2 PM

From a Giant Grasshopper Sculpture to Yoko Ono: the Yokohama Triennale in the Global Art Era

Fumio Nanjo and Noboru Tsubaki, two people who experienced the first Yokohama Triennale, will join us to discuss the Triennale in the era of global art from their in-depth knowledge.

Guests :

Fumio Nanjo : Senior Advisor, Mori Art Museum; General Advisor, Towada Art Center; Senior Advisor, Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art; Executive Director, Arts Maebashi

Noboru Tsubaki : Contemporary Artist, Professor at Kyoto University of Arts, Visiting Professor of Oil Painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

Yayoi Shionoiri : Executive Director, 1717 Studio Inc. (Chris Burden Estate and the Nancy Rubins Studio) and Art Lawyer

Session 5 :
3 PM – 4 PM

The Overview of the 8th Yokohama Triennale

The Artistic Directors of this year’s Yokohama Triennale – Carol Yinghua Lu and Liu Ding and Mika Kuraya, Executive Director, Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale and Director, Yokohama Museum of Art – will discuss their outlooks on the Triennale.

Guests :

Carol Yinghua Lu : Art Historian/Curator, Director of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum

Liu Ding : Artist, Curator

Kuraya Mika : Director of Yokohama Museum of Art, Executive Director of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale

Session 6 :
5 PM – 6 PM

Artist & Architect Dialogue:
Shinji Omaki and Yuko Nagayama

Shinji Ohmaki, an artist who continues to question what existence is through his works, and Yuko Nagayama, who has garnered attention for her work at the Dubai Expo and Kabukicho Tower, will speak with Elaine W. Ng, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Asia Art Pacific. They will discuss the relationship between space and people from a global perspective, and from the perspective of architecture and art.

Guests :

Omaki Shinji : Artist

Yuko Nagayama : Architect

Elaine W. Ng : Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific

Sunday 9 July

Session 7 :
1 PM – 2 PM
life actually, the works of contemporary japanese women

The first edition of Special Exhibition will be “life actually, the works of contemporary japanese women.” Michiko Kasahara and Yuri Yamada, the exhibition’s curators and organizers, will join Elaine Ng to discuss the exhibition’s origins and highlights.

Guests :

Kasahara Michiko : Deputy Director of Artizon Museum

Yuri Yamada : Curator of Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Elaine W. Ng : Editor and Publisher of ArtAsiaPacific

Session 8 :
3 PM – 4 PM

Artist Talk :
Umar Rashid

We are honored to host Umar Rashid’s first talk session in Japan at Tokyo Gendai. Umar continues to create works in a variety of formats, including paintings, drawings, textiles and multimedia sculptures while utilizing an encyclopedic knowledge of colonial history to represent a grand historical fiction which brings to light our perilous history that contains facts that are justified or marginalized. Cultural studies scholar Hiroki Yamamoto will be our interviewer and share Umar’s journey as an artist.

Guests :

Umar Rashid : Artist

Hiroki Yamamoto : Cultural Studies Scholar, Artist


Artist Ryuichi Ohira unveils a new large-scale installation created specially for Tokyo Gendai. Entitled The Circuit, the installation alludes to the many different definitions of the term ‘circuit’: race tracks; electrical circuits; the philosophical concept of a non-hierarchical, decentralized, and interconnected system; as well as a synapse in neurology. The work consists of a large slot car racetrack and includes an array of objects and sculptures, some of which reference Tanabata (Star Festival), a traditional Japanese and Chinese festival celebrated on 7 July each year, the first day of the fair. The works evoke traditional Japanese aesthetics, while also exploring multiculturalism.

<The Circuit> (2023)

Artist: Ryuichi Ohira

Mixed Media Installation 

H300 x W1200 x D500 cm

©Ryuichi Ohira Courtesy of NANZUKA

'Flower Bud'

This year the Fair presents ‘life actually: the work of contemporary japanese women ,’ curated by Michiko Kasahara (Deputy Director, Artizon Museum) and Yuri Yamada (Curator, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum).

Presenting works by some of Japan’s leading women artists including Leiko Ikemura (ShugoArts), Tomoko Yoneda (ShugoArts), Ayaka Yamamoto (amanaTIGP), Kunié Sugiura (Taka Ishii Gallery) and Yurie Nagashima (MAHO KUBOTA GALLERY), the exhibition explores how these artists are re-examining their relationship with themselves and their wider position within society.

Ne 'Root'​

Ne ‘Root’ presents several leading foundations, who host special showcases of their work.

The Obayashi Foundation displays an overview of its support towards artists, thinkers and researchers with a focus on urban development and the building of healthy cities.

The Fukutake Foundation introduces its initiatives at Benesse Art Site Naoshima, an art program on the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in the Seto Inland Sea.

The Yoshii Foundation brings a curated presentation of works by interdisciplinary digital artist Daito Manabe from Rhizomatiks.

The Odawara Art Foundation which hosts a presentation of the Enoura Observatory, established by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto.

The Taguchi Art Collection presents educational programs including exhibitions for primary and secondary schools.