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ReleaseSeptember 10, 2019

Modern Art Festival Highlighting the Accord of Humans and Nature on the Islands of Setouchi

Spring Encounters: Apr 26 – May 26 Summer Gatherings: Jul 19 – Aug 25 Fall Expansions: Sep 28 – Nov 4

瀬戸内芸術祭Photo: Shintaro Miyawaki

Since ancient times, the Seto Inland Sea has been bringing great blessings to the islands of Japan. In order to bring back the vitality that the islands of Setouchi used to have based on the interaction and harmony between beautiful nature and people, the Setouchi Triennale was begun so as to ultimately make the Setouchi area a “Sea of Hope” for all areas of the earth. The Autumn Exhibition season exhibits artworks in harmony with this especially beautiful season in Japan (you can still see some artworks in permanent installation outside the exhibition periods).

SETOUCHI TRIENNALELittle Shops on the Island “Laundry”/ Leandro Erlich Photo: Keizo Kioku

SETOUCHI TRIENNALE“Red Pumpkin” ©Yayoi Kusama,2006 Naoshima Miyanoura Port Square Photo: Daisuke Aochi

SETOUCHI TRIENNALEDeparture / Akira Ishii Photo: Kimito Takahashi

SETOUCHI TRIENNALESea Gulls Parking Lot / Takahito Kimura Photo: Osamu Nakamura

SETOUCHI TRIENNALEThe Secret of Hanasuwajima / Kana Kou Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa

SETOUCHI TRIENNALEContours of Thinking / Esther Stocker Photo: Yasushi Ichikawa

SETOUCHI TRIENNALESuitcase in a Bottle / Ram Katzir Photo: Keizo Kioku

SETOUCHI TRIENNALEThe Sea Within – The See Within / Sarah Westphal Photo: Keizo Kioku

SETOUCHI TRIENNALEBeyond the Border – Wave / Lin Shuen Long Photo: Keizo Kioku

Highlights of the Autumn Exhibition
During the Autumn Exhibition season, when the weather can be said to be at its best in this region, the greatest number of artworks are exhibited, offering you an opportunity to appreciate art along with the surrounding beautiful nature and rich food culture of Setouchi.


Triennale Passport
The Triennale Passport provides admission to Triennale artworks (facilities) during the Setouchi Triennale 2019. For visitors who don’t already have a “3 Season Passport,” which is valid for all 3 Triennale sessions, a “Single Season Passport,” which is valid only for one session (spring, summer, or fall), is available.
Available from Aug 26 – Nov 4, 2019

Setouchi Triennale 2019 3-Day Ferry Pass
This pass offers you unlimited rides on eight ferry routes for three days. Once you purchase it, you won’t have to wait in line at a ticket counter to get on a ferry.

It takes only a few hours to get to Takamatsu in Shikoku from Osaka and Hiroshima!
Most JR rail passes gives you a good deal on travelling. There are various kinds of rail pass you can use!

Jumbo Ferry
After fully enjoying the Kansai Area, take a ferry from Kobe to Setouchi!
You can take a ferry, which runs 4 times a day, from Kobe Port to visit Shodoshima Island. From dawn to dusk, enjoy cruising while looking at various views of Setouchi.

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*The information herein is as of August 2019.