Let’s enjoy contemporary art in rich nature!

Let’s enjoy the lush green earth and art altogether.

“Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale” is a huge art festival held in a large area full of nature measuring as wide as 760 km2 (76,000ha) and incorporates the philosophy that “human beings are included in the nature”. It started in the year 2000 in order to revitalize the Echigo-Tsumari area where the population is in decline, by highlighting through art the value of the space where human beings and nature coexist and showing the world its beauty. Many artists from all over the world participate, agreeing with its mission and the scale of the festival. In 2015, the festival will be held from 26th July – 13th September, the 6th one since it started. About 380 pieces of artwork will be on display, including about 200 works made in the past festival.

The scenery of Tsumari

Echigo-Tsumari, where the festival is held, is located in the southern part of Niigata in the north-central part of Japan. From Tokyo, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Echigo-Yuzawa Station, change to the Hokuhoku Line and get off at Tokamachi Station. From other major cities across Japan, fly to Niigata Airport and take a highway express bus to Tokamachi.

Transportation within the area

Using a car is most convenient way to see the different artwork displays in the vast area of the festival, but there are also plans to increase the number of rental bicycles and to operate shuttle buses. Rental bicycles are available at the tourist information center located at the west exit of Tokamachi Station. It is available to use from 9:00 am – 5:30 pm (return on the day) for 300 yen and no reservation is required.(Please confirm the details on the official website as they may change during the period of the festival.) Details of shuttle buses are planned to be posted on the official website after May.

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

July 26 (Sun) – Sep 13 (Sun), 2015

Tsunan-machi , Tokamachi City, Niigata Prefecture (Echigo-Tsumari Area)

Ticket: The price of the passport that allows you to see all the artwork in each venue is 3,500 yen for adult, 3,000 yen for student of the age 15 and above and free for those aged 14 and under. The price for an individual ticket varies for each venue.

All the great works gather in the permanent exhibitions

Among all the permanent exhibitions, we will introduce some of the recommended facilities and artwork to see.

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art [KINARE]

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art [KINARE] (Photo by: Osamu Nakamura)
Leandro Erlich
Leandro Erlich “Tunnel” (Photo by: Osamu Nakamura)
Elmgreen & Dragset
Elmgreen & Dragset “POWERLESS STRUCTURES, FIG. 429″(Photo by: Osamu Nakamura)

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art [KINARE], which houses many pieces of artwork, stands in the downtown area in the middle of Tokamachi City. “KINARE” means “Come” in the local dialect. The building made to surround a big pond was designed by Hiroshi Hara, a leading architect in Japan. The works of Leandro Erlich and Elmgreen & Dragset are a must-see.

Yayoi Kusama “Tsumari in Bloom”

Tsumari in Bloom
Photo by: Osamu Nakamura

Yayoi Kusama, an artist known worldwide for her artwork with scattered bold polka-dot patterns, also participates in this festival. Of all the field sculptures she has ever created, “Tsumari in Bloom” is the work that she is most satisfied with and she says it was created as a result of the collaboration with the earth of Tsumari.

Hachi & Seizo Tashima “Museum of Picture Book Art”

Museum of Picture Book Art
Photo by: Takenori Miyamoto + Hiromi Seno

Artwork of a picture book artist, Seizo Tashima. He revitalized an abandoned elementary school together with local residents, making it into an art museum. Many of the artworks exhibited inside use nuts and Japanese paper. The entire atmosphere is created as the world of picture books and it is popular as an art museum where families can play all day.

James Turrell “House of Light”

House of Light
The evening view of House of Light

If you are staying overnight during your visit, you should definitely stay inside the art. The “House of Light” is special as it is the only facility of all the artwork of James Turrell, who is called an artist of light, where visitors can sleep in. Staying there itself will be your experience with art. There are also hotels including one converted from an abandoned school.

Hottest artists of 2015!

We will introduce some of the hottest artists, and their representative artwork, who will be participating in this art festival.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov “The Rice Field” (Photo by: Osamu Nakamura)

The space of beauty created by Ilya Kabakov, born in the Soviet Union (current Ukraine) and a pioneer of Russian avant-garde art who is called “the father of Moscow Conceptualism”, and his wife Emilia is a must-see. They presented their artwork “The Rice Field” in the first year of the festival.

Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang
Cai Guo-Qiang, Image drawing of Mount Penglai

A contemporary artist from China. He is famous for his powerful works including the direction of the fireworks of the opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics and “Gunpowder works” drawn with gunpowder. This is the first time he has participated in this festival. As one who cherishes local tradition and culture, its worth seeing what kind of artwork he will create.

Christian Boltanski

Christian Boltanski
Christian Boltanski “The Last Class”(Photo by: Takubo Kuratani)

A leading contemporary artist in France. His representative works include “Inventory” series which collects mementos of the dead and the “Monument” series where an altar is made with metal boxes with light bulbs lighting portraits. He has presented many works that question life and death.

Marina Abramović

Marina Abramović
Marina Abramović “Dream House” (Photo by: ANZAÏ)

A performance artist from former Yugoslavia. Many of her works expressing the approach to the deepest parts of the human being have been highly rated throughout the world. In the festival held in 2000, she created “Dream House”, a facility to give an overnight experience in order to dream.

Other up and coming artists including Annette Messager and Lee Bul are presenting their new artwork. Let’s enjoy all that contemporary art has to offer in Echigo-Tsumari in Niigata Prefecture in the summer of 2015!