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Japanese imperial family visits Curitiba Biennial in Oscar Niemeyer Museum

Curitiba, October 2015 – The son of Japanese Emperor Akishino Prince is in Brazil with his wife, Princess Kiko, to commemorate the 120 years of Brazil-Japan friendship. The visit happened today (30), at 6pm at the Museum Oscar Niemeyer, where the couple have honoured the International Biennial of Curitiba.

In the main room of the museum is the work “Haruka – Defragmentation / MON” the Japanese artist Yumi Kori. The work consists of installations that reviewed the relationship between the individual and the space-time around them. “Yumi Kori uses shadows to wear architecture, flatten their roughness. For the artist-architect, is the play of light and shadow that provides the rhythm of the passage of time, more importantly than the passage of spaces, “said Teixeira Coelho, general curator of the Curitiba Biennial, on the artist and the work. “See the light the medium that enables man to transcend the limits of quantifiable world toward a sensual world, necessary to the equilibrium of life and that there is usually at the lower threshold of consciousness,” concludes the curator.

The visit of the heirs is a milestone for the 1.9 million Japanese and descendants who live in the country. The last time the imperial family was in Brazil was seven years ago.

About the Artist

Yumi Kori is a Japanese artist and architect who lives in New York and Tokyo. She works with the context of space and transforms it into another space using light, sound and architectural scenarios. Its facilities invite visitors to walk in space. The audience experiences the space changed by their bodies and senses. Soon, visitors discover new spatial dimensions and time hidden in existing space. Projects have been carried out in public space, ruins, abandoned buildings and museums around the world including New York, Seattle, Washington DC, Berlin, Basel, Sao Paulo and Tokyo. Along with his architectural projects, Kori has also created numerous artistic projects.

About the Biennial

The Curitiba International Biennial complete 22 years in 2015 and established itself as one of the most important events on the world circuit. In this edition, the Biennale art that gives priority to hit the streets, with actions that are not restricted to museums, cultural centers and galleries, but earning the urban space. Plays a critical general curator of art Teixeira Coelho and takes place in Curitiba from the 3rd of October and December 6 with works by artists from five continents in more than 100 spaces in the city. All programming is free, except for exhibits in the Museum Oscar Niemeyer museum following rates (R $ 9 and R $ 4.50).

Publications

With the start of the event, the guide with the Biennale programming will be distributed in exhibitions and in various parts of the city. The official website will also include all the programming and general information. The catalogs of the International Biennial of Curitiba and the Film Festival contain detailed information of all the artists and works and can be purchased from October. The guide and the Biennale catalog published by the Art and Letter.

Sponsorship

The Ministry of Culture presents the International Biennial of Curitiba in 2015, held by the Federal Law of Incentive to the Culture Ministry of Culture (Rouanet Law). This edition also features the master sponsorship of UEG Araucaria and sponsorship of BNDES, Petrobras, Sanepar, Scania and BRDE. It has co-sponsorship of the Financial Barigui, Sesi FIEP, Monreal Construction and Patio Batel. It has the support of APAP-PR and the international support of the Japan Foundation, Consulate General of Japan, Embassy of Argentina, Consulate of Argentina, Goethe Institute, Columbus Prefecture, Krakow City Hall, Embassy of Italy, Consulate General of Italy, Italian Institute Culture, Korean Cultural Center in Brazil and Consulate General of the Republic of Korea, the Mexican Embassy and the Swedish Embassy.

Promotion

The Biennial is promoted by the PRC and TV Gazeta do Povo newspaper.

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