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A Door to Switzerland: Swiss Artists in Japan

by | Oct 19, 2020 | Culture et Société | 0 comments


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A series of cultural events are currently taking place around Japan. They are designed to highlight Swiss culture and some of the country’s most important artists. The events, which started at the beginning of autumn, are being held in collaboration with the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo.

One exhibition is dedicated to the Bernese painter Paul Klee. It is being hosted at the Artizon Gallery in Tokyo, in collaboration with the Ishibashi Foundation, and presents to the public many new works by Klee acquired by the gallery. Other Swiss artists are also exhibiting at the Kagawa Contemporary Art Museum.


Swiss Artists and Dance

The Tokyo Ballet will perform “M” at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan. This is a unique opportunity to rediscover this piece, which was inspired by writer Mishima Yukio and originally written and created by the French-Swiss choreographer, Maurice Béjart.


New Directions

Nonetheless, accelerated digitalization due to Covid-19 and the new creative opportunities it could offer is one of this year’s most important topics.

The latest edition of “Swiss Creative Talk” – a series of events on the latest cultural topics designed to create bridges between Japan and Switzerland – is presenting the new artistic mediums that emerged to overcome the enforced restrictions in both countries.

One of the most impressive events was held on the streaming platform Super Dommune in October. The evening mixed discussions and performances and was broadcasted simultaneously in Tokyo and Zurich with creatives from Japan and Switzerland.

During this event, choreographer Gilles Jobin and the duo AATB – who specialize in robotics – participated in a roundtable with the Rhizomatiks founder Watanabe Daito, curator and critic Shikata Yukio, and Super Dommune CEO Ukawa Naohiro. Performances from Quiet Love Records from Zurich took place during the talks.

For more information, please check the website of the Swiss Embassy in Tokyo.


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Photo credit:

Tianshu Liu on Unsplash


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