Five emerging artists have been selected as finalists for the Nissan Art Award 2020, to be held next year to celebrate and promote contemporary Japanese art.
The fourth edition of the award exhibition will take place in July 2020 in Yokohama, Nissan’s hometown. It will be held simultaneously with the Yokohama Triennale, a renowned international exhibition of contemporary art.
The five finalists will create new artwork for the exhibition, where Nissan will announce the grand prize (Grand Prix) winner. Chosen from 28 candidates at a selection round in Italy in May, they are:
- Ishu Han, Tokyo
- Sachiko Kazama, Tokyo
- Soichiro Mihara, Kyoto
- Nobuko Tsuchiya, Kanagawa
- Ei Wada, Tokyo
“We have a wonderfully diverse group of artists this year, representing a wide range of media – from performance to woodcut to physical sculptures,” said Lawrence Rinder, a member of the international jury for the award. “They are five extremely strong artists, and it will be very exciting to see what they produce.”
“The five selected artists are a snapshot of diversity of voice, certainly in terms of issues that artists are dealing with, not just in Japan but in the world.” said jury member Suhanya Raffel.
Nissan established the Nissan Art Award in 2013 as part of the company’s 80th anniversary celebration. Until the third edition, the award exhibition was held every two years.
The award recognizes emerging Japanese artists to further their careers, enhance their presence in the international art world and create an environment that encourages people to familiarize themselves with art. It also aims to celebrate new developments in Japanese contemporary art and help provoke debate about visual art. While Nissan organizes and sponsors the awards, Arts Initiative Tokyo directs and coordinates the program and curates the exhibition.