Kenjiro Hosaka x Ryuji Fujimura
The Future of Art and the City—Perspectives from Tokyo’s Recent Past, 1964-2021
Despite the rapid changes that have taken place in Tokyo over the years, it could be said that it is a city without a center as a strong urban vision. After the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, urban development in Tokyo began in earnest. The Urban Renewal Act (1969-) and the Polycentric Urban Structure plan (1982-) were particularly noteworthy for having provided Tokyo with a new identity attuned to the times, as was the Act on Special Measures concerning Urban Reconstruction (2002-) which was introduced to resolve the economic stagnation following the collapse of the bubble economy. However, in 2021, at the end of the second Tokyo Olympics, a new vision will be needed. Meanwhile, how has art responded to these changes in Tokyo?
While looking back on the recent past of various art spaces that have developed at the epicenter, such as the Sezon Museum of Art (1975-1999), the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (1995-), and the Mori Art Museum (2003-), Hosaka and Fujimura will discuss the near future of art and the city.
Art Week Tokyo’s online talks program is organized by Arts Initiative Tokyo, a curatorial collective and alternative arts education initiative.