In 2017, 50 years after the formation of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations*), the National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center will stage “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now,” the largest-ever exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art to be held in Japan.
The “sunshower” - rain falling from clear skies - is an intriguing meteorological phenomenon, and a frequent occurrence in the tropical climes of Southeast Asia. Sunshowers also serve as a poetic metaphor for the vicissitudes of a region that in the latter half of the 20th century, in the wake of the colonial era, experienced enormous political, social and economic upheaval: Cold War conflicts and dictatorships followed by modernization and the spread of democracy, and in more recent years, remarkable economic advancement, investment, and urban development. Out-of-the-blue rainfall is also a metaphor for the ambiguous nature of these ups and downs.
*10:00-21:00 on Fridays, and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Du 05 Juillet au 23 Octobre 2017, de 10:00 à 18:00
SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
7-22-2 Roppongi 106-8558 Tokyo Japon
Remarque: The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 2E