| James Kon |
MINISTER of Culture, Youth and Sports Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Awang Hj Hazair bin Hj Abdullah yesterday launched the ‘Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan’ exhibition at the Malay Technology Museum, which is scheduled to run until January 4.
Members of the public are welcome to attend the exhibition, which focuses on art produced in Japan at the beginning of the 21st century. The event is organised by the Embassy of Japan in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the Japan Foundation.
The Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan is an international touring exhibition that has been to over 35 countries around the world. Boasting 42 art pieces, it features 11 young artists who are attracting a great deal of attention recently.
Japanese Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Noriko Iki in her welcoming remarks lauded the strong diplomatic ties between Japan and Brunei, which was established in 1984. This year marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations.
“Japan has built a cooperative relationship based on mutual trust with Brunei in various areas. This art exhibition is one of the events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of Japan-Brunei diplomatic relations.
“While I appreciate that we have built a trustful relationship for 30 years, I hope we can further strengthen and develop our ties in the field of Arts,” she added.
Before the launch, the minister noted, “This exhibition is held in part to commemorate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Brunei and Japan.
“Brunei and Japan have a long, fruitful relation over the past 30 years, spanning many aspects such as commerce, education, culture, youth and many more,” he said.
He continued, “Last week saw the visit by the ‘Nippon Maru’ ship, bringing with it, youth from the Asean countries (including Brunei and Japan) in one of the longest running programmes of youth exchanges between our two regions. Over the years, generations of our people will have benefited from the exchange visits which will lead to building stronger a friendship between our two countries.”
The exhibition displays a broad range of contemporary Japanese art in various forms, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photographs and video works.
The artists are Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Katsuhiro Saiki, Masafumi Sanai, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi and Miyuki Yokomizo.