Nissan announces Nissan Art Award 2017

Third edition of art award to be held this autumn during the Yokohama Triennale
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YOKOHAMA (February 13, 2017) –Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. is announcing that it will hold the third edition of the Nissan Art Award in 2017. This year, for the first time, the Nissan Art Award will run in parallel with the Yokohama Triennale 2017. The Triennale is one of the most important international contemporary art exhibitions in Japan and is held every three years in Yokohama, where Nissan’s global headquarters is located.

The Nissan Art Award was created in 2013 as part of the company’s 80th anniversary celebrations. It supports top talent in Japanese contemporary art and helps to develop culture in Japan for future generations. The Grand Prix winner is chosen by an international jury and receives a monetary award as well as the opportunity to practice at an artist residency overseas and disseminate their work internationally.

“Nissan is proud to again support emerging Japanese artists and the cultural community through this award,” said Nissan Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Carlos Ghosn. “We are especially proud that this year the Nissan Art Award will coincide with the prestigious Yokohama Triennale. We look forward to celebrating the work of top Japanese contemporary artists and hope the award will inspire others to support the arts here in Japan.”

The Nissan Art Award serves as a steppingstone for finalists to appear at major art festivals, exhibitions and fairs around the world and also have their work appear in influential art publications. For example, one of the 2015 finalists, Takahiro Iwasaki, was selected to represent Japan at the Venice Biennale in May, known as the Olympic Games of contemporary art.

As part of the Nissan Art Award program, Nissan also adds the artworks of finalists to its corporate art collection. Part of this is presently on display at the Nissan Global Headquarters in Yokohama. In the future, Nissan will work in partnership with the City of Yokohama to loan out the collection and create opportunities for more audiences to enjoy it.

Latest Exhibits of Nissan Art Collection
A total of 8 exhibits from the work of the finalists for the 2013 and 2015 awards are now on display at the Global Headquarters of Nissan Motor for employees and visitors. In September, artworks from the collection will be exhibited at the ground floor gallery of the YCC Yokohama Creative City Center.



Left: Display at Nissan Motor Global Headquarters of 2015 finalist Takashi Ishida’s artwork from the Nissan Art Collection.
Right: Installation view of 2015 Grand Prix winner Yuko Mohri’s open studio event at Camden Arts Centre, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Camden Arts Centre


Nissan Art Award 2017 Facts
Organized and Sponsored by: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.
Directed, Coordinated and Exhibition Curated by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Nissan Art Award Website:

Exhibition Overview
Title: Nissan Art Award 2017 Exhibition
Exhibition Period:Saturday, September 16 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Closed: every second and fourth Thursday.
Venue:BankART Studio NYK 2F, 3-9 Kaigan Dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama
Exhibition Support by:BankART1929

Nissan Art Award 2017
Vision of Nissan Art Award

The Nissan Art Award is a biennial award presented to the emerging generation of Japanese artists to further their careers, enhance their presence in the international art world and create a social environment where people familiarize themselves with art. The award is intended to celebrate new developments in Japanese contemporary art and help provoke debate about visual art by promoting creative emerging artists. Through a prolonged commitment, the award can contribute towards outlining a history of Japanese contemporary art and artists, focusing particularly on their activities in the past two years. As a continuation of the award, Nissan Motor Corporation also adds the works of art to its collection for exhibiting internally and externally with the aim of providing a point of reference on Japanese contemporary art in the international art scene.

Artist Nominations and First Selection
At the end of December 2016, a panel of ten nominators each selected three candidate artists. Comprising curators, researchers and members of non-profit art organizations, the varied panel members have followed the careers of Japanese artists in a global context. Five international jury members will then select a shortlist of five finalists for the award, which will be announced through the official website and a press release in early June 2017. All candidates must be Japanese passport-holders.


International Jury Members:
Fumio Nanjo Director, Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan)  / Jury Chair
Jean de Loisy Director, Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France)
Sunjung Kim Director, Art Sonje Center / Artistic Director, Real DMZ Project (Seoul, South Korea)
Jessica Morgan Director, Dia Art Foundation (New York, USA)
Lawrence Rinder Director and Chief Curator, Berkeley Museum and Pacific Film Archive (California, USA)
Candidates Nomination Committee Members:
Azusa Hashimoto Curator, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Makoto Hashimoto Art Producer / Director, Nomad Production (Tokyo)
Hiroyuki Hattori Independent Curator
Shihoko Iida Independent Curator / Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts
Reuben Keehan Curator, Contemporary Asian Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Australia
Eriko Kimura Curator, Yokohama Museum of Art
Chieko Kitade Curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Roger McDonald Deputy Director, Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Hajime Nariai Curator, Tokyo Station Gallery
Mizuki Takahashi Senior Curator, MILL6 FOUNDATION (Hong Kong)
Listed in alphabetical order of surnames after the Chair


Production and Exhibition of New Works
The five finalists will each receive prize money of one million JPY as well as a further one million JPY to pay for the production of new works of art, which are included in an exhibition of the finalists’ work in September 2017.

Final Selection and Award Ceremony
An international jury is responsible for the final screening of the exhibits and the winner of the Grand Prix will be announced at an award ceremony in September 2017. Visitors to the exhibition are able to vote for the Audience Award, which is announced at an award ceremony held during the exhibition period.

Finalists: 1 million JPY
Grand Prix: A total value of 5 million JPY (comprising finalist prize money and additional 2 million JPY as well as an overseas residency program with expert counseling and subsidy for travel, living and research costs) + Trophy

Blue Citizenship:
Blue Citizenship is the commitment of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. to realize our vision of Enriching People's Lives. We commit to our customers, shareholders, employees and the communities where we do business to deliver engaging, valuable and sustainable mobility for all. Through our business activities, we aim to create economic value and to actively contribute towards the development of a sustainable society


About Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. 
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, Infiniti and Datsun brands. In fiscal year 2015, the company sold more than 5.4 million vehicles globally, generating revenue of 12.2 trillion yen. Nissan engineers, manufactures and markets the world's best-selling all-electric vehicle in history, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six regions: ASEAN & Oceania; Africa, Middle East & India; China; Europe; Latin America and North America. Nissan has been partnered with French manufacturer Renault since 1999 and Mitsubishi Motors since 2016 under the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
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