YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2021

The 3rd YUKUHASHI International Figurative Sculpture Competition

YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2021

GUIDE LINE

While the theme of the 1st and 2nd YUKUHASHI BIENNALE was a historical figure who contributed to the development of civilization, a particular historical figure was not stipulated. For the 3rd Biennale, however, we would like to name a specific figure as the theme. That person, the centennial of whose death will be celebrated in 2020, was born and raised in Yukuhashi and was an extraordinary contributor to the West’s understanding of Japan. His name is Suematsu Kenchō (1855–1920).

【The Artwork Theme】

Historical figures who have contributed to the development of civilization through their knowledge and intelligence:
The Great Influencer of the Meiji period Suematsu Kenchō.

【Application Period】

December 1, 2019—March 31, 2020

【Awards and Prizes】

Grand Prize (1) JPY10,000,000
Citizens Award (1) JPY200,000
Award for Excellence (5) JPY100,000
Children’s Grand Prize (1) Trophy

The Artwork Theme

Suematsu Kenchō.

While Suematsu is chiefly known for his political activities as Home Minister in the cabinet of Itō Hirobumi, he also left a rich cultural legacy—beginning with his history of the Meiji Restoration called Bōchō kaiten-shi (History of Chōshū’s Dramatic Resurgence) and including the first English translation of The Tale of Genji and his Japanese rendering into Japanese of William Anderson’s groundbreaking The Pictorial Arts of Japan. Thus Suematsu was important not only politically but also in the fields of art and literature. He played an important role in laying the foundation for Japan as a modern state in international society.

Though a remarkably talented man with a broad international perspective, Suematsu is not a name that is widely known today. On the other hand, however, his achievements during the Meiji period were extraordinary. He could be called one of the great influencers of the period. YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2021 thus calls for submissions that give substantial, imaginative form to this unique individual.
Call for Entries

Suematsu Kenchō

We will create a city interact with sculptures.

YUKUHASHI BIENNALE 2021

Judging Committee

Masahiro Ushiroshoji

Masahiro Ushiroshoji

Professor, Graduate School of Kyushu University

Toshiro Mineta

Toshiro Mineta

Sculptor; Professor Emeritus at Joetsu University of Education

Shigeyoshi Suzuki

Shigeyoshi Suzuki

Editor; former Art Editor at Kodansha International Ltd.

Koji Tanada

Koji Tanada

Sculptor

Photo: MATSUKAGE Hiroyuki ©︎TANADA Koji,
Courtesy of Mizuma Art Gallery
Jun Tanaka

Jun Tanaka

Mayor of Yukuhashi City

Nobuyuki Okumura

Nobuyuki Okumura

The winner of the 2017 Yukuhashi Sculpture Competition

A museum that jumps out on a Smart phone

YUKUHASHI 3D