ASIA. SETO INLAND SEA, JAPAN.
THE SETOUCHI TRIENNALE: JAPANESE ISLANDS’ BREATH-TAKING BEAUTY REFLECTED IN ART.
The beauty of the Japanese islands of Setouchi is on display at the major art festival – the Setouchi Triennale – that is held there every three years, showcasing contemporary art pieces inspired by the area’s rich culture and stunning scenery. This year’s edition will see a variety of art pieces exhibited as well as various performances and events held across 12 islands and two ports.
Setouchi is a region that has witnessed both the positive and negative sides of human interaction with the environment. While it has prospered as one of Japan’s main maritime routes since ancient times, its natural ecosystem has suffered the effects of modernisation and industrial development and its culture has been in decline due to the falling population and ageing demographic. But the Setouchi Triennale has refocused attention on the region, sparking a revival that touches both its nature and its people.
The value placed on time, culture and history as it flows through the beautiful landscapes and nature of Setouchi is reflected in the BMW i concept of sustainability. Underlining this connection, BMW i has been supporting the Setouchi Triennale since the last edition back in 2016. This year, BMW i3 cars featuring a design created by Italian artist Esther Stocker will be displayed at Takamatsu Port alongside a BMW i3 bearing the Setouchi Triennale logo, which will serve as the official car for the event.
Visitors can enjoy the art festival during both its summer and autumn sessions through 2019. With new art pieces on display for each exhibition and the changing seasons subtly reflected in the islands’ appearance, you can enjoy something new every time you visit.