SUNSHOWER: Contemporary art from Southeast Asia, 1980s to now

With its total population counting around 600 million, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture. Contemporary art from the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is currently earning widespread international attention. The “sunshower” – rain falling from clear skies – is an intriguing yet frequently-seen meteorological phenomenon in Southeast Asia, and serves as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of the region. This exhibition, the largest-ever in scale, seeks to explore the many practices of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since 1980s from 9 different perspectives. It aims to showcase its inconceivable dynamism of Southeast Asia that is somewhat nostalgic yet extraordinarily new.

Tokyo edition at the The National Art Center, Tokyo and Mori Art Museum
Wednesday, July 5, 2017 – Monday, October 23, 2017
Fukuoka edition at the Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
Friday, November 3 to Monday, December 25, 2017

Click here to see the topics and artists
Click here to see the project blog
Click here to see the Tokyo show
Click here to buy the printed catalogue

The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum; The Japan Foundation Asia Center

The Asahi Shimbun, The Tokyo Shimbun, Nikkei Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK

In Association with
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


About Grace Samboh

Believes in unicorn, conviviality and the struggle towards collective subjectivities—even temporarily.
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