Sustainable Art 119 Rural Japan: Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial 2006

by Andrew Maerkle

Among the many art festivals scheduled in Asia this year, Japan's Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, opening July 23, stands out for its commitment to revitalizing the Echigo-Tsumari region of Niigata Prefecture in northwest Japan. Initiated in 2000 through the guidance of art promoter Fram Kitagawa's Art Front Gallery, the Triennial, which takes place across 760 square kilometers, invites leading and emerging Japanese and international artists to participate in the revitalization of a region suffering from depopulation and neglect. Artists participating in 2006 range from US-based…

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