和 WA Japanese Today’s Visual Arts Exhibition in Alajärvi 29.5. - 12.6.2019
The diplomatic relations between Finland and Japan are turning 100 this year. Due to the centennial celebration, Alajärvi has the honor to serve as the venue for WA – Kansainvälisen Japanilaisen taiteen näyttely (Japanese Today’s Visual Arts Exhibition in Alajärvi)
exhibition. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Japan International Artist Society (JIAS) and Club des Amis de l'Europe et des Arts (CAEA). This is the 53th annual exhibition and first time the exhibition is held in Finland.
CAEA’s aim is to connect people through art and their goal is to spread positive message through art and make international connections. The exhibition presents over 250 artworks in Nelimarkka Museum, Alajärvi Library Exhibition hall and Villa Väinölä. The works depict the Japanese culture with its harmony, peacefulness, and the respect for nature.
The works of art being presented follow the time honored themes of spirit and nature that are so closely linked to Japanese culture and utilize both modern and traditional styles: Oil painting, Acrylic, Water color, Nihonga (Traditional Japanese painting), Indian ink drawing, Engraving, Dyeing, Textile, Origami paper cutting, Three-dimension art, Ceramic, Handicraft, Kimono, Embroidery as well as Calligraphy.
Since 1973, The CAEA (Club des Amis de l’Europe et des Arts) and JIAS (Japan International Artists Society) have organized numerous international exhibitions in various locations around the world that have showcased a variety of Japanese artists. These events have enabled Japanese artists to promote themselves on an international scale and to help deepen the continuing cultural exchange within the arts community.Japanese Today's Visual Arts Exhibiton
Since the first exhibit in Paris in 1975, this event has been held in over 100 cities and over 25 countries. So far, it has been held in the United States, Canada, Chili, Cuba, Mexico, China, Spain, Belgium, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland plus several others. The number of works that are presented are approximately 250 every year. In 2019, the exhibition will be held in Finland for the first time to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Finland.