"Art Olympia" is an international art exhibition of works from the public held in Biennale (every other year) format, which aims to discover talented artists from around the world and support their activities. "Art Olympia 2019" will be our third exhibition, following the events held in 2015 and 2017.
Art Olympia is implemented focusing on the three concepts of HUB, Excavation and Practice.
HUB …Discover talented artists and direct them to where they might have more potential
While many artists are probably working in their own country, there may be potential for some
of them to be more recognized abroad rather than in their own countries.
We act as a hub for discovering such artists and directing them to where they might have more potential.
Excavation …Discover artists with potential to be recognized internationally
Art Olympia invites entries by the public from around the world, and invites art experts to
serve on the jury from
within Japan and abroad.
With a jury from various fields in the art world, we aim to discover artists who can work on a global scale.
Practice…Creation of new art for the next generation by international artists
Our ultimate goal is “to create new art for the next generation by international artists.”
At “Art Olympia,” our utmost pleasure would be to help artists to advance overseas, expand cultural exchanges between them, and create new art for the next generation through mutual cooperation.
Features of "Art Olympia"
1) Invite entries from around the world
We are inviting entries from two hubs, one in Tokyo (for works from within Japan) and the other outside of Japan. Approx. total of 160 works, the top 80 each from the Tokyo hub and the overseas hub, will be selected as the finalists.
2) Judging by international art experts in the art world
The jury is invited from Japan, the USA, France and other countries to make the final review. It will be one of the few opportunities to have your works reviewed by art experts in the art world from abroad.
3) Fair and transparent judging
We invite and accept entries from the public only, and the jury uses a points system to shortlist the works.
4) Numerous awards
Awards for approx. 1,000 people, including the First prize money of 12 million yen (equivalent to $120,000). These awards are designed to support the artists.
5) Support of young artists
We have a Student category geared toward discovering talented young artists. Students will be entered in both "All-Entrants category" and "Student category."
We have an "Open category" as well as an “Student category" aimed at supporting young artists. Students will automatically be entered in both "Open category" and "Student category."
* For details >>>>“Applying”
by international jury members
* For details >>>>“Judging and Awards”
Head of the Executive Committee ······ Nobuhiro Yamaguchi
"I have been interested in art for more than 30 years, and have produced art works and founded museums. I have experienced unfair or opaque examinations at art exhibitions of works from the public. Such being the case, I have always wanted to discover talented artists and back them up, and my longtime dream was finally fulfilled when I established "Art Olympia." It is an international art exhibition of works from the public, where all the entries are assessed in a fair and equitable manner, using a points system to rank them. We are looking forward to seeing unique, attractive and finely expressive works that transcend imitation or convention. I would be so happy if Art Olympia could help talented artists to become internationally recognized and continue to work as artists for their lifetimes. ”
Organized by Art Olympia Executive Committee
Co-organized by Living National Treasure Museum
Planned and Collaborated by Yoshimoto Art Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Co-sponsored by Toshima City, Weekly Center Co., Ltd.
Supported by Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Nobuhiro Yamaguchi ... Committee Head, Manager of the Living National Treasure Museum
Toyomi Hoshina ... Contemporary artist, Vice president of Tokyo University of the Arts
Satoru Kitago ... Sculptor, Professor of Tokyo University of the Arts
Katsuki Yokoyama ... President of Joshibi University of Art and Design Akiko Endo ... Painter
Yoshiaki Yabe ... Curator of Living National Treasure Museum