2011.11.11 - 18 Reception: 2011.11.11
Produced by raster (Poland)
Place: Kyobashi 2 Chome Area
Sponsors: Nikken Sekkei, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Poland
VILLA TOKYO is an international joint project between ten leading European art galleries which share common ideas on discovering and promoting the most intriguing artistic attitudes. The artistic program consists of exhibitions prepared by participating galleries and many additional events: concerts, performances, film screenings, formal and informal talks. The prime motive of the project is to gather artists and exhibitors in a way to actively and collectively contemplate different methods of presenting contemporary art. It is an attempt to create a friendly alternative from the primarily commercial atmosphere of art fairs, established as the natural habitat for galleries' meetings. The project is driven by the desire to reveal the less obvious aspects of gallery work.
VILLA TOKYO is a site-specific project derived from the previously organised VILLA WARSAW (2006) and VILLA REYKJAVIK (2010).
Wherever it transpires it curiously immerses itself in its context. In line with VILLA's tradition, rather than showing off what it knows and possesses, it predominately wants to learn and initiate stimulating dialogue in various forms. An essential element of the project is a study of the scene where it happens and engagement with local partners and artists. New Tokyo Contemporaries, an energetic association of seven contemporary art galleries, is an essential partner of VILLA TOKYO.