Ready, Set, Go: Cultural Exchange

Japan's Setouchi Triennale festival highlights contemporary artists from around the world.

By Chaney Kwak

To see cutting-edge art this year, consider sailing to a chain of bucolic islands in central Japan’s Seto Inland Sea for the Setouchi Triennale. The festival packs the calendar with exhibitions and performances on a dozen islands and in two port cities. The center of the action is 5.5-square-mile Naoshima, noted for its gorgeous Tadao Ando–designed Benesse Art Site. The project combines a six-room hotel with museums housing works by contemporary Japanese artists as well as internationally known painters, including David Hockney and Bruce Nauman. You can catch the second two installments of the three-part celebration from July 18 to September 4 and from October 8 to November 6, respectively.

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  • Published: Summer 2016