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ECHIGO-TSUMARI ART TRIENNIAL 2003

Exploring the Local in Contemporary Art in Japan

by REIKO TOMII

CHRISTIAN BOLTANSKI and JEAN KALMAN, Voyage d'Et, detail of installation ("Science Room") Photo (c) S. Anzai.

Staged in central Japan, northwest of Tokyo, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2003 was an intriguing specimen among the scores of mega international exhibitions bearing the proverbial "-ennial" suffix. In the second of three planned exhibitions, Kitagawa Fram, the triennial's general director, presented an international roster of more than 150 artists from 23 countries, including big names such as Christian Boltanski…

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