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City Report

TOKYO

A Topical Site

Three controversial exhibitions in Tokyo

Fumihiro Nonomura

OCEAN EARTH, Ocean Earth/Tokyo Bay, 1996, 'Atopic Site', photograph Takashi Otaka.

A major art event in Japan during August 1996 was 'Gallery', an exhibition held at Tokyo Big Sight, an international exhibition facility on reclaimed land which is being developed as part of the new Tokyo waterfront project. In order to understand what happened during this show, it would be useful to explain its background and the controversies aroused before discussing its artistic concepts.

Originally, this event was scheduled…

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