While the globalization of creation and ideas smooths geographical and cultural boundaries, the Japanese archipelago has kept a very singular writing, an artistic identity of which some parts are poorly known. Through the concept of Japan-ness (or japanity) the architect Arata Isozaki has tried to capture the truly Japanese characters that connect the creations of the architects and artists of this country. Always constrained by to redefine itself, that the Center Pompidou-Metz highlights through a Japanese season.
Since September 2017 until the month of May 2018, three exhibitions and a dozen meetings, concerts and shows, put a new look on Japan, from the modern history of its architecture to its most contemporary artistic expressions. The first event will explore architectural culture from 1945 to this day. Dedicated to Japanese visual arts since the 1970 World Expo in Osaka, Expo ’70, this second exhibition, set up by the SANAA agency, takes over from the last cross-cultural event devoted to Japan by the Pompidou Center in 1986. : Japan of the avant-gardes, 1910-1970. Japanorama takes an in-depth look at four decades of contemporary creation and affirmation of a visual culture. Contemporary art in Japan is also a poetics of resistance, a militant commitment, a common reflection with fashion on the relationship to the body and post-humanism, or on the place of the individual in society , the notion of community, the relationship to an island tradition and the dialogue with subcultures.
This exhibition invites the public to discover artists rarely seen outside Japan. This diversity will also be expressed with the Ten Evenings, a program of encounters and shows inviting some of the leading figures of the Japanese scene such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Saburo Teshigawara, Yasumasa Morimura and Ryoji Ikeda, and through a third exhibition at the beginning of the festival. next year, dedicated to the collective Dumb Type, pioneer of new technologies at the service of art.