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8th Yokohama Triennale “Wild Grass: Our Lives”


Yokohama is a large city adjacent to Tokyo and has a population of 3.7 million.

Japan was closed to foreign countries under the policy of national seclusion, which lasted for about 200 years from the 17th to the 19th century. In 1859, Yokohama became one of the first five ports to be opened at the request of European countries, the United States, and Russia. Since then, Yokohama has developed into a special place with a continuous influx of new cultures, sometimes clashing and sometimes mingling. The number of nationalities represented in the city now totals 110.

Held in Yokohama, the Yokohama Triennale stands out among the many art festivals currently held in Japan, by reason of its large scale and history of more than 20 years. This year’s 8th edition welcomes Beijing-based Liu Ding and Carol Yinghua Lu as artistic directors (ADs). The title of the exhibition is “Wild Grass: Our Lives.“ This is a reference to the Chinese writer Lu Xun’s book Wild Grass (published in 1927). Our society is currently facing many problems such as war, climate change, economic disparity, and intolerance caused by capitalism run amok. The directors invite us to trace the origins of these problems back 100 years to the time of Lu Xun, and together find clues for how to open the way to the future.

The international exhibition curated by the ADs will show the works of 94 artists from around the world at five venues throughout the city, including the Yokohama Museum of Art. This internationality reflects the history and character of Yokohama. In addition, under the unifying theme of “Wild Grass,” art organizations in the city that have long been active will each present various exhibitions and programs, in a project called “ManyManyArt!”. With two pillars in the form of the international exhibition and “ManyManyArt!”, the 8th Yokohama Triennale will drive home the message that art can profoundly impact our lives only when it is both globally oriented and locally rooted.

Wild grass is small and fragile. But it is also a stubborn plant that survives while going unnoticed. Change does not come from heroes and heroines. The buds of change lie dormant in the daily lives of each and every one of us, who are like commonplace wild grass. A trip to Yokohama in spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, will surely provide tips on how to find and nurture these buds.

* Only a limited number of artworks in the museum collection (mainly photographs and prints) are currently on view as part of the 8th Yokohama Triennale.
The Artworks from the Museum Collection Currently on View


8th Yokohama Triennale “Wild Grass: Our Lives”
Artistic Director
LIU Ding, Carol Yinghua Lu
March 15, 2024 – June 9, 2024
Closed: Every Thursday (except April 4th, May 2nd and June 6th)
10:00-18:00 (Admission until 30 minutes before closing time)
*Open until 20:00 on June 6-9.
Yokohama Museum of Art (3-4-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)
Former Daiichi Bank Yokohama Branch (6-50-1 Honcho, Naka-ku, Yokohama)
BankART KAIKO (KITANAKA BRICK & WHITE 1F, 5-57-2 Kitanakadori, Naka-ku, Yokohama)
Queen’s Square YOKOHAMA (2F Queen Mall, Queen’s Square YOKOHAMA, 2-3 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama)
Motomachi-Chūkagai Station Accessway (Walk towards Exit 1 from Chinatown, Yamashita Park Gate of Motomachi-Chūkagai Station)
City of Yokohama,
Yokohama Arts Foundation,
Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK),
The Asahi Shimbun,
Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale
Creative City Partners
BankART1929, Koganecho Area Management Center, ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE, KYUUNASAKA STUDIO


About Ticket
For more information on tickets for this exhibition and to purchase tickets online, please visit the Yokohama Triennale website.
Ticket Information Details
Free for age 18 years and under / High school & under
Admission Ticket
Valid for one admission to the ticketed venues on the days of your choice:
Yokohama Museum of Art, Former Daiichi Bank Yokohama Branch, BankART KAIKO
Adult2,300 JPY (advance: 2,200 JPY)
Yokohama Residents2,100 JPY (advance: 2,000 JPY)
(19 years and over)
1,200 JPY
Combo Ticket
Admission ticket combined with admissions to “BankART Life7” and “Koganecho Bazaar 2024”
Adult3,300 JPY (advance: 3,200 JPY)
Yokohama Residents3,100 JPY (advance: 3,000 JPY)
(19 years and over)
2,000 JPY
Season Ticket
Unlimited admissions for the entire exhibition period.
*No advanced ticket available.
Adult 5,300 JPY
Yokohama Residents5,100 JPY
(19 years and over)
3,000 JPY
  • Yokohama residents are requested to show evidence of their residential address upon purchasing the ticket for discounted price.
  • Student ticket holders are requested to show their student IDs upon entry at each venue.
  • Persons with disabilities are requested to show certification.
  • Admission tickets and combo tickets can be upgraded to a season tickets by paying the differences of the ticket prices.
    (Admission Ticket) Adult +3,000 JPY / Student+1,800 JPY
    (Combo Ticket) Adult +2,000 JPY / Student +1,000 JPY
  • Admission is free for disabled persons with a disability certificate and one accompanying caregiver.


Left: LIU Ding
Right: Carol Yinghua LU
Photo: OHNO Ryusuke

LIU Ding and Carol Yinghua LU

LIU Ding and Carol Yinghua LU are an artist and art historian respectively who started joint curatorial work in 2007. Based in Beijing, they have participated in international exhibitions around the world including the Venice, Gwangju, Istanbul and Busan biennales.

In a time of historical flux, their curation seeks out kernels of wisdom for surviving the present in both the minutiae of individual endeavor and the grand turning points of history. Their frame of reference transcends time and place, as they seek ideas in everything from traditional oriental philosophy to the globalized lifestyles of the 21st century.

We welcome as artistic director a team that is active on the global stage, and with them we look forward to creating an event that is open to the world and that takes advantage of our port city's role as a crossroads of people and culture.
Details of the Artistic Director, Theme and Concept

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