Since ancient times, Gifu Prefecture has been blessed with lush natural surroundings, and clear waters nourishing the region’s abundant resources of water, earth and forest. Our forefathers built on these gifts of nature to hone their skills in what came to be widely known as Hida woodcraft, Mino washi paper, Seki cutlery, Tono pottery and other forms of craftsmanship. In addition, the Takayama, Furukawa and Ogaki Festivals, designated as Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, as well as the more than 1,000-year-old cormorant fishing, demonstrate how the local traditions are very much alive even today.
Always eager to create something new, through their relentless efforts our ancestors have turned these cultural and technical assets into regional traditions, which in recent years have formed the groundwork also for the training of personnel in the IT field, and other advanced technical endeavors.
In April 2017, Gifu Prefecture hosts the “Art Award IN THE CUBE 2017” as an innovative exhibition of works by the general public, with the aim to discover and foster imaginative young talent. Staged in the “limitless microcosm” of a 4.8 x 4.8 x 3.6 meter cuboid space, this first installment of the exhibition on the theme of ”Whereabouts of the Body” encourages artists to make free and unrestricted use of this spatial setting for the production and exhibition of their own unique creative work. By accepting submissions from any genre, and by creators of all ages, we aim to make this a triennial event that conveys an international vision and contemporary air to both artists and audiences.
We are looking forward to receiving submissions from artists in all parts of Japan, and hope that the droplet created here in Gifu will grow into a stream, and ultimately form an ocean that spreads across the globe to communicate the new charm and vigor that “Gifu Land of Clear Waters” is going to be charged with.
Gifu Land of Clear Waters Art Festival, Art Award IN THE CUBE 2017
Theme for the 1st installment :
“Whereabouts of the Body”
Exhibition period :
April 15 - June 11, 2017 (58 days including days on which the museum is closed)
Tues. - Sun. 10:00 - 17:00 (no admission after 16:30)
10:00 - 20:00 (no admission after 19:30) on the third Fri. of month
The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu (4-1-22 Usa, Gifu City)
15 artists :
Earless Mouth / Mouse
Miruku Souko + The Coconuts
Art Award IN THE CUBE Executive Committee, Gifu Prefecture
Call for entries
Theme for the 1st installment:
“Whereabouts of the Body”
With the advancement and popularization of computer technology, the development of contemporary society has become increasingly complex. Contemporary art as a mirror of society has abolished conventional frameworks in terms of concepts, materials, styles and other aspects, and is therefore getting more and more complex and diverse as well.
Art is supposed to explore all kinds of possibilities, whereas it seems today that the human subjects behind it are being left behind due to the speed and breadth of its expansion, and that diversification has become the actual purpose of art.
Understanding a work of art to be a crystallization of human life, our intention is to focus on the very ”body” (in a physical and spiritual sense) that is a human being, and explore what can be found or created within it through a reconsideration of contemporary society at large from the viewpoint of art. The “Art Award IN THE CUBE 2017” provides a cuboid space as a setting to expose crystallizations of such power and passion in the form of various artworks.
April 11 – July 8, 2016
Submissions are closed.
In addition to entries from within Japan, we received a total of 790 submissions from such countries as Australia, Belgium, Germany, Israel and the USA.
Submitted works must be displayable in a cuboid space measuring 4.8m (w) x 4.8m (d) x 3.6m (h).
Other selected works (about 15)
painter, professor at Tokyo University of the Arts)
Ohi Chozaemon Ⅺ (Toshio)
artist, ceramic artist, guest professor at Rochester Institute of Technology and Kanazawa University
novelist, literary scholar, professor at Meiji Gakuin University
sculptor, artist, professor at Kyoto City University of Arts
composer, professor at the Institute of Advanced Media Arts and Sciences [IAMAS]
philosopher, president of Kyoto City University of Arts
Examination fee :
Applications accepted from April 11 until July 8, 2016
Announcement of primary examination results in late August 2016
Production of works between September 2016 and early March 2017
Setup of works in March 2017
Announcement of secondary examination results in early April 2017
Exhibition from April 15 until June 11, 2017 (58 days including days on which the museum is closed)
Selected submissions will be awarded JPY 500,000 to support production costs
Technical assistance/consultation related to the production and setup of works
(by technical advisor Makoto Sano (Director of Super Factory) and a special production assistance team)
Mediation between exhibiting artists and external collaborators (companies and organizations in Gifu Prefecture) involved
in the production and setup of works
Dispatch of volunteers helping with the setup of works at the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu
(Details regarding assistance described in points 2. - 4. may change)
Application inquiries Inquiries will not be answered on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the year-end and New Year holidays.
Applications are accepted in Japanese only.
Please download the application guidelines (in Japanese) via the link below.