Thursday, 17 January 2013

Ikebana House - Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale

Every three years the worlds largest outdoor art festival, The Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is held in the Echigo-Tsumari region, in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. In an attempt to bring fresh attention to this depopulated part of Japan art works are displayed in abandoned houses and outdoors around the village over a vast area. From the information I've found it looks like there is a nice mix between well established artists and more experimental works. For example one of the houses holds the installation Dream House by Marina Abramovic.

What really got me ticking while reading about Echigo-Tsumari is that there is also a house with modern experimental ikebana installations. The Ikebana House started as a project in 2006 as a show place for modern ikebana installations. Through a series of festivals, 2006, 2009 and 2012 Group F consisting of ikebana artists from different schools have displayed in the abandoned town community building in Yomogihira as part of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale.

Group F is an all male group with the following members: Udagawa Riou, Otsuka Rishi, Oyoshi Shozan, Kasuya Akihiro (Head master of the Ichiyo School), Kato Satoru, Shimoda Takatoshi, Nagai Rihito, Hayakawa Shodo, Hinata Yoichi, Yoshimura Takashi, Otubo Kosen, Koizumi Michio.

Please leave a comment or send me a message if you now more about the Ikebana House or have been there yourself. I'm very much interested in learning more about this project.

This video takes you on a tour of the 2009 ikebana house exhibition.

If you want to see more from this exhibition there are quite a few pictures from a visit to the 2009 festival on this blog. The blogger really enjoyed the stop at the ikebana house and gives a good report of the installations and the artists.


Ilse Beunen said...

Hi Lennart Persson,
I'm not familiar with this project but after reading your blog and saw the video like you i'm very interested. I have lived in Nagaoka from 1990 till 1995 I know the Echigo region well. Very beautiful. I will ask some Japanese friends if they have visited this festival

nordic lotus said...

Hi Ilse. I'm thinking it would be great to go there myself. Next chance is in 2015 :) I'll try to contact Group F to hear with them what planes they have and what to expect for the next festival.

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