Eye Eye 2017 German-Japanese Cultural Festival
19 – 29 May 2017
Over the last seven years there has been a lively exchange between artists from Kyoto, Osaka and Hamburg. The German-Japanese cultural festival Eye Eye 2017 has now been launched and will take place over nine days from 19 May 2017 showcasing the works of various artists from Kyoto.
Contact between German and Japanese artists was first initiated in 2010 by Anke Feuchtenberger, artist and professor for drawing and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, and Yuji Yamada, gallery owner and journalist, in Kyoto. Their exchange resulted in joint exhibitions, mutual visits and workshops. Further exhibitions in Hamburg and Kyoto followed with published catalogues. Eventually, the artists involved renovated a house in Wazuka, and this was developed into an artists’ residence.
Their exchange now continues on another level. The official opening of the exhibition on 19 May 2017 at 7 p.m. will also launch the festival in Hamburg, which continues in October, in Kyoto. In Galerie 21 in the Vorwerk-Stift, Japanese comics by various artists are displayed in an exhibition called “Octopusses Garden”. Visitors and lovers of extravagant items can buy products from designers from Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo at the pop-up design market “Nipo” in the Hinterconti. Other artists will be exhibiting in the premises of Druckdealer and some of them, including Mississippi, Ookamigocco, Ai Suzuki, Mayu Watanabe, Shuhei Yoshida and Yu Yokoyama will also be there in person.