60th anniversary
Omnilogue : Journey to the West Exhibition
Date Venue Entry
Jan 22 - Feb 19, 2012 Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi Free

This Japanese contemporary art exhibition was jointly planned by young curators from India, Japan and Thailand.

Hints of its “Journey to the West” motif originate from two historical interactions. The first is based on an intellectual exchange between Rabindranath Tagore, a poet and philosopher from India, and Okakura Tenshin, an art historian and philosopher from Japan, at the beginning of the 20th century. The second is based on a trip to India by Sanzo Genjo, the basis of the story of the famous Chinese classic novel Saiyuki (“record of the Journey to the West”) written in the 16th century. Taking hints from these two interactions, the art exchange is expected to have the potential to open up new discussion on cultural exchange in the 21st century.

Six artists - Satoshi HASHIMOTO, Meiro KOIZUMI, Hiroharu MORI, Aki SASAMOTO, Yuken TERUYA, Aki YAHATA seek to draw connections between India and Japan from multiple perspectives of history and culture based on field investigation, and express a singular concept through each piece.

• On 22nd January

1:30 – 2:30 PM - Artists’ Floor Talk in the Gallery
3:00 - 5:00 PM - Curatorial Round Table
5:00 PM - Performance by Aki Sasamoto in the Gallery