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The Fukuoka Triennale is a large-scale international exhibition held every three years to introduce the most up-to-date movements of Asian contemporary art The exhibition follows on from the activities of the Fukuoka Art Museum, which had introduced Asian art for over 20 years, hosting the pioneering exhibition, 'Asian Art Show' every five years. The 1st Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 1999 was held with the theme of 'Communication: Channels for Hope’ and marked the opening of the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum. The 2nd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2002 took as its theme: “Imagined Workshop” and highlighted the tangibility of works made through collaboration and high skill craftsmanship. Both exhibitions were well received as shows dynamically introduced different facets of Asian art, exhibiting works reflecting society at the turn of the century, by both Japanese and international art related people.

For further progress, standing on the shoulders of previous exhibitions, the 3rd Fukuoka Triennale will find a new direction in Asian art by carefully selecting the most promising artists from 21 countries and regions in Asia under the theme “Parallel Realities: Asian Art Now”. Before and during the triennale, artists from Asian countries will be invited to Fukuoka for the live and dynamic art exchange programs with people in Fukuoka presenting workshops, performances, lectures and making artworks.

Parallel Realities : Asian Art Now A high level moving imagery and communication technology have permeated every corner of daily life in contemporary Asia. The global and the local, physical reality and digital information, people with divergent ways of thinking and feeling, all either co-exist in the same world, or live separately but alongside one another. This contemporary environment has enabled us to transcend from one world to another with ease. FT3, embracing the possible collisions and problems that may exist as we transit the boundaries between worlds, will focus on the positive potential of the “Parallel Realities” that exist between different cultures and societies. From videos with catchy music to small and elusive sculptures, from materials that evoke nostalgia to contemporary interiors, from the virtual world of comics, cartoons and computer games to actual daily life -- the exhibition is filled with diverse works of art that together introduce the Parallel Realities. The Art Exchange Program, held simultaneously with the exhibition, is combined with the annual Residence Program. The exhibition will thus involve a wider range of audience in Fukuoka more deeply than ever before.

The outstanding difference from FT2 which focused on the tradition of craft is that FT3 features more urban and near-futuristic works by young artists who have been brought up in a flood of virtual imagery and information. The power of the new generation artists who apply pop culture so freely suggests their potential to lead Asian culture in the new century.


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3rd Fukuoka Asian Art Triennale 2005

KünstlerInnen: Rashid Rana, Bani Abidi, Masooma Syed, Shibu Natesan, Hema Upadhyay, Shilpa Gupta, Pala Potupitiye, Sujan Chitrakar, Kama Wandi, Tashi Wangchuk, Nazlee Laila Monsur, Abdus Salam, Wah Nu Myanmar, Phyoe Kyi, Thaweesak Srithongdee, Deang Buasang, Chakkrit Chimnok, Bibi Chew Chon Bee, Chang Yoong Chia, Azliza Binti Ayob, Kill Your Television, Zai Kuning, Ho Tzu Nyen, Kanha Sikounnavong, Marine Ky, Ly Daravuth, Tiffany Chung, Dinh Thi Tham Poong, Tiarma Dame Ruth Sirait, Agustinus Kuswidananto, Pius Sigit Kuncor, Ali Hj Abd Rahim, Alwin Reamillo, Nona Garcia, Sereeterin Dagvadorj, Yang Zhenzhong, Yang Fudong, Cao Fei, Chi Peng, Wu Mali Taiwan, Chen Chieh-jen, Tseng Yu-chin, Hong Sungmin, Jo Seub, Ham Jin, Yamaguchi Keisuke, Ito Ryusuke, Sumi Takamasa, Shiota Chiharu