Alfredo Jaar presents “Culture = Capital”

Alfredo Jaar presents “Culture = Capital”

Tokyo University of the Arts

Alfredo Jaar, The Cloud, 2015

April 14, 2017
Alfredo Jaar presents “Culture = Capital”
April 17–25, 2017

Geidai, Tokyo University of the Arts, and Global Art Practice are pleased to host Alfredo Jaar for a week-long seminar and a series of public lectures in Japan from April 17 to 25, 2017. The seminar will take place at Geidai, Japan’s only national arts university, from April 17 to 21.

Lectures will take place at the following partner institutions:

Tuesday April 18, 7pm
Mori Art Museum
Auditorium, 53F Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
6-10-1 Roppongi
Minato-ku, Tokyo

Sunday, April 23, 1pm
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
1-2-1 Hirosaka
Kanazawa City, Ishikawura

Monday, April 24, 6pm
Kyoto Seika University
Honkan H-417, 137 Kino-cho 
Iwakura, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto

Tuesday, April 25, 5:30pm
Kyoto City University of Arts
Archival Research Center
13-6 Kutsukake-cho
Oe, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto


The intensive seminar, titled “Culture = Capital”, will focus on the dangers of the current conservative trend threatening culture in the political discourse of too many capitals around the world. It will examine the role of spaces of culture as last remaining spaces of freedom and their potential transformation into spaces of resistance and hope. Additionally, the public lectures will provide an opportunity to reconsider the artist’s public interventions around the world in light of current events and explore the potential of art as a transformative force.  

The Global Art Practice (GAP) MFA course was established in the Graduate School of Fine Arts at Geidai, Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) in April 2016. The GAP focuses on the research and education around social practice of contemporary art today within a global context. It expands alternative networks and social interactions beyond Japan. The course, led by international artists and arts professionals, offers innovative programs in a flexible, specially designed format to enable graduate students to develop leadership roles as artists and researchers.

Alfredo Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker known as of one of the most uncompromising, compelling, and innovative artists working today. The artist’s installations and public interventions have earned him international acclaim. His work has been shown extensively around the world. He has participated in the Biennales of Venice (1986, 2007, 2009, 2013), Sao Paulo (1987, 1989, 2010) as well as Documenta in Kassel (1987, 2002). Important individual exhibitions include The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Whitechapel, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; and Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Major recent surveys of his work have taken place at Musée des Beaux Arts, Lausanne; Hangar Bicocca, Milan; Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlinische Galerie and Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst, Berlin; Rencontres d’Arles, Arles and Kiasma, Helsinki.

Jaar has realized more than sixty public interventions around the world. Over fifty monographic publications have been published about his work. He became a Guggenheim Fellow in 1985 and a MacArthur Fellow in 2000. His work can be found in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York, MCA, Chicago, MOCA and LACMA, Los Angeles, Tate, London, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, Centro Reina Sofia, Madrid, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlaebeck and dozens of other institutions and private collections worldwide.

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