The Largest Art Festival in the World is in Japan: Echigo-Tsumari Art TriennaleArticle by: Emily Ward|@_drawylime
Thu June 01, 2017 | 16:33 PM
When it comes to the cultural impact of art festivals around the world, location is an essential ingredient. Like Art Basel in Miami and The Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy, a host city's spirit elevates these events to new heights of expression. In Japan, the natural location is the art at the sprawling Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, which has nearly 200 artworks nestled in the Niigata prefecture of northwestern Japan for year-round impact. The entire thing spans 200 villages and almost 200,000 acres, making it the biggest art festival in the world.
The festival, formally held every three years, is rooted in spiritual landscapes and plays host to a bevy of art mediums that are at once sublime and dazzling. According to festival organizers, their aim is to "reveal existing assets of the region using art as a catalyst, rediscover their values, communicate these to the world and find a way to revitalize the region."
And now, we're getting to see it all in Art Place Japan , a full-color catalog of every piece of the festival's art since its inception in 2000. The book, available now, comes to us from the festival's General Director Fram Kitagawa and is chock-full of stunning photography. The beauty of nature and electroluminesence feature heavily in the book as concentric LED lights crunch below snowy feet, clothing hangs on the infrastructure of rice paddies, and ceramic vases float on water through an ethereal haze. The following beautiful images are from Art Place Japan and invoke a special silence and stillness to capture the grand scale of it all.
Takuro Osaka (Japan), Lunar Project, 2000. Photo by: Anzai