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Agency for Cultural Affairs

DOMANI plus Online 2020: Living on the Eve



●Exhibition overview

online exhibition

(Free Publicity)※Open during the exhibition period

The Agency of Cultural Affairs Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists, set up to help young Japanese artists study at overseas institutions, with the aim of nurturing talent to sustain the Japanese art scene into the future, has been running now for over half century since its launch in 1967. The "DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" exhibitions held annually since 1998 showcase the achievements of artists in the fine arts section of the Program. To date these exhibitions have been large-scale group shows staged in the stunning high-vaulted space of The National Art Center, Tokyo, generally focusing on the work of artists around the age of forty who have recently completed their overseas studies, as a follow-on from those wider explorations. These main exhibitions have been supplemented by a series of smaller but more specifically themed shows known as the "DOMANI Plus" exhibitions, held for example in 2017 at the Hibiya Library & Museum, autumn 2016 at the Kyoto Art Center, and spring 2016 at 3331 Arts Chiyoda.
 The pandemic that erupted across the globe early this year cut a swathe across the cultural calendar, forcing us to face the postponement or cancellation of exhibitions, art festivals, art fairs and performances, in Japan and elsewhere. With the primary purpose of the "DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" exhibitions being to assist up-and-coming artists, the DOMANI organizers have responded urgently with plans for a "DOMANI Plus" exhibition online, the idea being to demonstrate solidarity and support for the artists as they take their first steps back to normality. This will be the first completely online art exhibition sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, and will consist of work by seven past participants in the Overseas Study Program who employ in their work techniques especially suited to the technology and medium, joined by Aoyama Satoru as guest artist, in an exhibition designed to disseminate authentic, internationally outward-looking expression and language emerging from Japan as it is right now to a wide audience at the earliest opportunity.
 The subtitle for this exhibition is, "Living on the Eve." The "DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" Exhibition 2020 staged during January-February had the subtitle "Landscapes in Our Age: Scarred and Reborn," and was an attempt to examine the aftermath of major natural and manmade disasters since the 20th century as seen in the work of contemporary artists. During this exhibition however, portents of the corona-catastrophe to come were already emerging, and it would appear that in fact we live not only in the wake of disaster, but constantly on the brink of the next disaster; in the "interlude" between one disaster and the next. Hence "Living on the Eve," the theme posited for the artists participating in this online show.
 The exhibition website will also be designed to duplicate a real exhibition experience while simultaneously taking advantage of features unique to the online setting, thus serving also as an exploration of further possibilities for the future disseminating and sharing of artistic expression. The team setting up the site will include designers with Overseas Study Program experience.
 We look forward to bringing you a very special exhibition featuring a group of stellar young artists hitherto accustomed to traveling and exhibiting internationally, assembled amid the current unprecedented lockdown of the art scene.

online exhibition

(Free Publicity)※Open during the exhibition period

Dates: Friday, July 3 - Sunday, October 11, 2020
Organized by The Agency for Cultural Affairs
Curator: Hayashi Yoko (Senior researcher/curator, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan)
Produced by Art Venture Office SHOU
Access: free (held online) *exhibition website URL and other details TBA
Artists: (year selected for the Program, length of study, city follow year of birth)
Koganezawa Takehito (b. 1974 / 2001, 3 yrs., Berlin), Tamura Yuichiro (b. 1977 / 2012, 1 yr., Berlin, London and others), Okumura Yuki (b. 1978 / 2012, 1 yr., Antwerp), Yamamoto Atsushi (b. 1980 / 2018, 1 yr., Hue, Vietnam), Yamauchi Terue (b. 1982 / 2014, short term, Mindanao, Philippines), Kato Tsubasa (b. 1984 / 2014, 2 yrs., Seattle), yang02 (b. 1984 / 2013, 1 yr., Barcelona, and others)
Aoyama Satoru (b. 1973, guest artist)
Website design: Mimasu Yusuke (b. 1980 / 2019, 1 yr., Amsterdam), Nakamoto Masaki (b. 1983)


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