Every three years the Setouchi Triennale, one of Japan’s biggest festivals of modern and contemporary art, takes place in the Seto Inland Sea (Seto Naikai) region of Japan. This exceptional celebration of creativity, inspiration and beauty will return for its fifth edition, transforming the Japanese region of Setouchi once again into a mecca of art.
It will take place on the following dates:
- Spring: April 14 – May 18
- Summer: August 5 – September 4
- Autumn: September 29 – November 6
Over 150 exhibits by artists from Japan as well as overseas will be accessible to the public; some will be shown in permanent exhibitions while others, especially on some small islands, will be displayed in temporary exhibits that can only be visited during the Triennale.
The Triennale will take place on twelve islands and two ports in Kagawa and Okayama prefectures.
Our recommended island hopping over 3 days
- Ogijima with conventional artwork and outdoor installations that take over entire homes and dozen art pieces from past festivals that have become permanent installations on this picturesque island.
- The famous art island of Naoshima which combines nature, architecture and art, home to the iconic Red Pumpkin installation by Yayoi Kusama.
- Shodoshima, Setouchi’s second-largest island with a rich history and culture, and over 50 art pieces on show.
- Honjima, island which is home to over 100 restored buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods, as well as the Karin House whose stained glass windows create a fiesta of colour onto the paintings inside.