Controversial Art Exhibition To Reopen Tuesday


Controversial art exhibition to reopen Tuesday

A controversial exhibition about freedom of expression at an international art festival in central Japan will reopen on Tuesday.

Aichi Triennale 2019 opened from the beginning of August in Aichi Prefecture.

But three days after its opening, one of the exhibitions was called off due to threats being made over some of the works on display, including a statue symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women.

Its cancellation sparked debate about the relationship between politics and art. The people involved in the exhibition filed an injunction at the Nagoya District Court to demand it be reopened by the festival's organizing committee.

Aichi Governor Hideaki Ohmura, who heads the committee, called for talks aimed at reopening it under certain conditions. They include distributing numbered tickets to people who make reservations, maintaining the consistency of the exhibits before and after reopening.

Officials at the Aichi prefectural office on Monday decided to reopen the exhibition on Tuesday, after an agreement was reached between the organizers of the festival and the people who designed the exhibition.

The art festival will be held until Monday of next week.