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“BODY/PLAY/POLITICS” presents contemporary works of art that delve from a variety of angles into images that have been generated throughout history by “the body,” which encompasses the individual human body, our collective actions, and spiritual presences. There is a tendency in our society to label specific bodies as healthy or unhealthy, beautiful or ugly, and to envision certain modes of behavior as representative of the entire group, which we classify such as “typically Japanese.” In other cases, minor deviations from norms or expectations can elicit strange feelings in observers and cause entirely different meanings to be perceived.

In a world cohabited by people with all sorts of skin colors, ethnicities, religions, gender norms and lifestyles, where the colors, forms, or behaviors of individual bodies are not inherently vested with specific meanings, over the course of millennia many value judgments and hierarchies have arisen in societies and are all too often linked to tragedies of history.

The six artists featured in this exhibition are from Europe/ Africa, Southeast Asia, and Japan. Their works express, in poetic and sometimes humor-inflected ways, aspects of history that manifest themselves through the body, looking toward the future and bringing the shapes of new ideas and meanings into view.


Yinka Shonibare MBE
Yee I-Lann
Apichatpong Weerasethakul
UuDam Tran Nguyen
Ishikawa Ryuichi
Tamura Yuichiro




Advance Pair Tickets2,000
*A pair of tickets for two people.
*On sale from June 24 until August 31, 2016
Adults1,500(Advance¥1,300/ Group of 20 or more 1,400)
University students
High school students 
1,000 (800/900)
Junior high school students600 (400/500)
Children under 12Free
Seniors (65 and older)1,400
*ID required. Only available at ticket counter in the museum.            

*()=Advance/Group of 20 or more.
*Advance tickets are available at the Museum Shop from September 1 through September 30, 2016.
*Free Admission on November 3, 2016
*For a group of 20 or more, reservation is required in advance.
*Free admission for high school students and younger with valid IDs on Saturdays.
*Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
(Please present certificate at the entrance.)
*The ticket also gives admission to the Exhibition of the Museum Collection for the same day.  


DatesOctober 1 (Sat.)-December 14 (Wed.), 2016
Open Hours10:00-18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
*Open until 20:30 on October 28 (Fri.), 2016 (Last admission at 20:00)
Closed Thursdays (except November 3), November 4 (Fri.)
Organized byYokohama Museum of Art (Yokohama Arts Foundation)
Grant fromJapan Arts Fund
Special Sponsored byWarehouse TERRADA
Supported by The City of Yokohama
In Cooperation with            Yokohama Minatomirai Railway Company, Yokohama Cable Vision Inc.,
Yokohama FM Broadcasting Co., Ltd., Metropolitan Expressway Co., Ltd.
Project Partner           Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse No.1[Yokohama Arts Foundation]

*A collaborated event with 50th ADB Annual Meeting Yokohama2017

Welcome to the renewed Yokohama Museum of Art

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