July 8, 2013

Nissan Art Award To Promote Next Generation of Japanese Artists

YOKOHAMA (July 8th , 2013) - Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. today announced the establishment of the “Nissan Art Award", a biennial event to discover and promote Japanese artists and give them wider exposure.

“The Nissan Art Award celebrates and promotes the new generation of artistic expression in Japan," said Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. “A creative culture is a precious resource, and the Nissan Art Award provides a stage for deserving artists to express their passion and creativity in a way that benefits society."



The award will be presented every other year starting in 2013 which is the 80th anniversary of Nissan. For the first year, Nissan Art Award 2013 will be provided to Japanese contemporary artists. The intent is to showcase work that represents Japan's distinctive culture. Nissan aims to help sustain and further develop Japan's vibrant arts culture, which would eventually lead to new inspirations for the society as well as for the company.

From among the several dozen candidates, eight finalists were chosen at the end of May after thorough consideration by five globally enlightened juries. The finalists have been working on new pieces with the support of Nissan. In September, the new works from the eight artists will be exhibited in Yokohama. On September 25, the five committee judges will meet again to determine the artist who will be awarded the grand prize of 5 million yen.

Ghosn said that art nurtures creativity inside and outside of the company. Since its founding in Japan nearly 80 years ago, Nissan products have reflected a passion for innovation, craftsmanship, and creativity, which extends the company vision of “enriching people's lives".

Additional information on the program will be made available through the Nissan Motor Company Global Website, on an exclusive web page accessible starting today.

Mr. Fumio Nanjo, Director, Mori Art Museum
Ms. Eriko Osaka, Director, Yokohama Museum of Art
Mr. Huang Du, Independent curator, Beijing
Mr. Jean de Loisy, Director, Palais de Tokyo
Mr. Lawrence Rinder, Director, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Candidates Nomination Committee Members
Ms. Hitomi Iwasaki, Curator, Queens Museum, NY
Mr. Mizuki Endo, Independent Curator, Kyoto
Mr. Fumihiko Sumitomo, Director, Arts Maebashi, Gunma
Mr. Yasufuni Nakamori, Curator, Museum of Fine Art Houston, Houston
Ms. Miya Yoshida, Independent Curator, Berlin

First Round Finalists
Ms. Noriko Ambe
Mr. Meiro Koizumi
Mr. Hiroyuki Masuyama
Ms. Aiko Miyanaga
Mr. Tatzu Nishi
Mr. Taro Shinoda
Mr. Hiraku Suzuki
Mr. Eiji Watanabe

About Nissan Art Award 2013 Finalists Exhibition
Dates: September 18th to November 4th, 2013 (*Invitation only on September 25th)
Time: 11:30-19:00
Venue: BankART Studio NYK (3-9, Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama-shi, Kanagawa)
*Admission free

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