Art Scope 2004. Daimler Japan

12 Years of Engagement for Young Japanese Art

April 21st — June 6th 2004
Mercedes-Benz Contemporary

Art Scope. Daimler Japan is the name of a support program for young artists in Japan that was established by Daimler Japan in 1991. For the first time, works of art by the prize winners of this pioneering artist-in-residence program are to be seen in an exhibition in the Mercedes-Benz Contemporary. This exhibition comprises around 30 paintings, photographs, objects and installations, and is supplemented by 10 works of art by contemporary Japanese artists from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection.

The Art Scope. Daimler Japan program provides support to young contemporary artists who have already participated in individual and group exhibitions in Japan and are between 25 and 40 years of age. The stipendium consists of a three-month stay in Europe (Monflanquin, F), an exhibition at the end of the stipendium in Tokyo and southern France and an accompanying publication.

Last year, works by the prize winners were exhibited in the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. The Hara Museum will also be a cooperation partner of this unusual support and exchange program in the future. The present exhibition in Berlin is also the beginning of the reorientation and expansion of the support program. In the future, the prize winners of Art Scope. Daimler Japan will spend a three-month course of study in Berlin, and a visit to Japan will be initiated for young German artists. This will give expression to the political and cultural changes brought about by an expanded Europe, while integrating Berlin into the program—one of the world’s most vital locations for contemporary art.


exhibited artists: Sayaka Akiyama, Keita Egami, Yasuko Iba, Ko Kashiwagi, Takanobu Kobayashi, Seigen Kyu, Tomoko Maezawa, Satoko Masuda, Kenjiro Okazaki, Tokihiro Sato, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Asako Tokitsu





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