“DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” Exhibition 2020 Landscapes in Our Age: Scarred and Reborn

Monday, January 20, 2020
“DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” Exhibition 2020 Landscapes in Our Age: Scarred and Reborn

Half a century has now passed since Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs launched its Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists* in 1967 with the aim of nurturing future leaders of the Japanese arts world, by funding young artists to study at relevant institutions in other countries. In the domain of fine art, the “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition—inaugurated in 1998 and now in its twenty-second year—creates opportunities for artists to present the outcomes of these overseas sojourns.

Image: HIDAKA Rieko, Distance from the Sky XIII, 2017Photo by TAKAHASHI Kenji  ©Rieko Hidaka, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

 

Half a century has now passed since Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs launched its Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists* in 1967 with the aim of nurturing future leaders of the Japanese arts world, by funding young artists to study at relevant institutions in other countries. In the domain of fine art, the “DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow” exhibition—inaugurated in 1998 and now in its twenty-second year—creates opportunities for artists to present the outcomes of these overseas sojourns.

 


Image: HIDAKA Rieko, Distance from the Sky XIII, 2017Photo by TAKAHASHI Kenji  ©Rieko Hidaka, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery

 

This will be a special edition of DOMANI, this latest exhibition serving as part of the program for Japan Cultural Expo 2020, a government-sponsored event scheduled for the start of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics year. It will also be a group exhibition, showcasing eleven carefully selected artists of different ages and ranging from internationally renowned practitioners to up-and-coming new talent, exhibiting work on the theme of “Landscapes in Our Age: Scarred and Reborn.” The exhibition will bring together offerings primarily by artists benefiting from the Overseas Study Program around the year 2010, and including work by those from other ACA projects and events such as the annual Art Encouragement Prizes, and Japan Media Arts Festival, all on the theme of the “scars” inflicted by disasters experienced in Japan and elsewhere since the 20th century—both natural disasters such as earthquakes and storm and flood damage, and man-made calamities such as war and environmental devastation—not in the form of the kind of journalistic representation common directly after the event, but artistic expression produced after more time has passed.

DOMANI will look ahead to “tomorrow,” that is to landscapes that are scarred yet have survived to be reborn, revealed by connecting the artists’ respective “scarred landscapes.” Several talk events will also be organized over the period of the show, bringing together artists and guests in even deeper exploration of the theme.

 

The National Art Center Tokyo

January 11 - February 16, 2020

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