The Triennale takes stunning works of art out of their traditional urban settings and temporarily houses them in “forgotten” spaces in rural areas. Once-abandoned houses and schools are transformed into valuable parts of the local community, rejuvenating the area and uplifting the lives of the local people.
One example of this is the Museum of Picture Book Art, which gave the shuttered Sanada Elementary School a new lease on life. TASHIMA Seizo, the famed picture book artist and writer, led the project, and visitors can immerse themselves in the experience of the last three children to attend the school through the walk-in picture book.
Another of the festival’s unconventional offerings brings together international artists and local volunteers to give back to the land by planting vegetables, tending rice crops, and looking for ways to enhance water sustainability.