SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now

Fluid World

Yee I-Lann
Fluid World (from the series “Orang Besar”)
Direct digital Mimaki inkjet print, acid dye, batik crackle Japanese indigo dye, 100% silk twill
140.5 × 298 cm
Courtesy: Silverlens Galleries, Makati, The Philippines


Contemporary art from the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia, with its total population of around 600 million, is currently earning widespread international attention. 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.
Multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture.This exhibition will explore contemporary art in Southeast Asia from the 1980s onward from various perspectives, including aspirations for freedom, identity, growth and its dark sides, community, faith and tradition, and the revisiting of history; showcasing that dynamism and diversity while comparing and contrasting Southeast Asian contemporary art with international contemporary art trends.
* 10 member-states to total: Indonesia, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar and Laos (current as of November 2016)

Date July 5 (Wed.) –October 23 (Mon.), 2017
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-21:00 on Fridays, and Saturdays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558

Mori Art Museum, 53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150
*More detailed information can be found at Mori Art Museum website
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum; The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Co-organized by The Asahi Shimbun, The Tokyo Shimbun, Nikkei Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK
Supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Tokyo; Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Japan; Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Tokyo, Japan; Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Japan; Embassy of Malaysia, Tokyo; Embassy of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Tokyo; Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Tokyo, Japan; Embassy of the Republic of Singapore; Royal Thai Embassy, Tokyo; Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in Japan
With the sponsorship of OBAYASHI CORPORATION, transcosmos inc., WEARNES, SUMITOMO CORPORATION
With the cooperation of ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD., Champagne Pommery
(tax included)
  Ticket for both venues Ticket for single venue
Day Ticket Advance Ticket Day Ticket Group Ticket
Adult 1,800 yen 1,600 yen 1,000 yen 800 yen
Student (College / University) 800 yen 600 yen 500 yen 300 yen
  • All students: Please present some form of valid student ID. Those up to highschool and less than 18 years of age will be free of admission fee upon presenting a valid form of ID.
  • Disabled persons (plus one accompanied person) will be free of admission fee upon presenting Disabled Person's Handbook or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • "Group" admission rate is applied to a party of more than 20 persons for The National Art Center, Tokyo and 15 for Mori Art Museum. Group Tickets are sold at each facility.
    Advance tickets(“Set Ticket” only) on sale from May 5 (Mon.) until July 4 (Tue.), 2017.
  • "ATRo Savings" (200 yen off) are applied to those who show ticket stubs of the exhibition held at the Suntory Museum of Art, The National Art Center, Tokyo and Mori Art Museum (Only single ticket stubs of The National Art Center, Tokyo / Mori Art Museum are valid).
  • Please inquire each facility for other discounts.
  • Additional entrance fee to facilities adjacent to the Mori Art Museum (i.e. Tokyo City View observation deck, Sky Deck and Mori Arts Center Gallery) is required.

The National Art Center, Tokyo, Mori Art Museum, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center
― A Research Project Now Underway, Building to a Joint Exhibition in Summer 2017!

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