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2nd Echigo-Tsumari Triennial
20 July - 7 September 2003


2nd Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial

Photo Tour 

Works by more than 50 artists and groups

Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003

Photo Tour

Photo Tour





The 2nd Echigo-Tsumari Triennial aims to continue the great success of the first Edition in 2000. This time, 157 artists and groups from 23 countries have been invited to create works at more than 50 locations in the countryside and in the cities and villages of the 762 km² region
(see list).

The organizers would like to achieve an even better cooperation between the participants and the local population, for example through more workshops. Also, there should be a closer relationship between artworks and the specifics of the locations at which they are created.

In preparation for the Triennial a competition for video shorts was held. The entries are expected to expose "how international artists understand Tsumari, a depopulated, mountainous and agricultural region and how they confront the crisis in the global environment." A jury chose 28 videos for presentation in everyday places: waiting rooms, restaurants, meeting places of different kinds.

A further highlight is the completion and implementation of three architectural projects called "Stages". These buildings, designed by renowned architects, are expected to be "revitalizing footholds". They are the Echigo-Tsumari Koryukan, Tokamachi (a place for the presentation and exchange of objects and information), Snow-Land Agrarian Culture Center, Matsudai and Museum of Natural Science, Matsunoyama.

The varied parallel program for the 2nd Echigo-Tsumari Triennial includes international conferences and events which deal with current problems and phenomena. Keywords that have been given here are: environment, agriculture, nations, globalization, education, aging.

20 July -
7 September 2003

Echigo-Tsumari Region, Japan

General Director:
Fram Kitagawa

Art Advisors:

Hou Hanru
Rosa Martinez
Tom Finkelpearl
Yusuke Nakahara

Dates and facts

List of participants

Text on the Triennial
by Fram Kitagawa

Official Website
Concept, artists,
tours, accommodation etc.