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SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now Exhibition


With its total population counting around 600 million, multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-faith Southeast Asia has nurtured a truly dynamic and diverse culture. Contemporary art from the emerging economic powerhouse of Southeast Asia is currently earning widespread international attention. The "sunshower"—rain falling from clear skies—is an intriguing yet frequently-seen meteorological phenomenon in Southeast Asia, and serves as a metaphor for the vicissitudes of the region. This exhibition, the largest-ever in scale, seeks to explore the many practices of contemporary art in Southeast Asia since 1980s from 9 different perspectives. It aims to showcase its inconceivable dynamism of Southeast Asia that is somewhat nostalgic yet extraordinarily new.

Cover Photo: Felix Bacolor Stormy Weather 2009/17 Installation view: "SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now", The National Art Center, Tokyo / Mori Art Museum, 2017
Photo: Kioku Keizo Photo courtesy: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now Exhibition

Event detail

Title SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now
Dates July 5 (Wed), 2017 to October 23 (Mon), 2017


(Held Simultaneously at Two Museums)


The National Art Center, Tokyo (Special Exhibition Gallery 2E)
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558


Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 (10:00-21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
Admission until 30 minutes before closing
Closed on Tuesdays


Mori Art Museum
53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6150


Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00 (10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays)
Admission until 30 minutes before closing
Open everyday




Tickets for Both Venues

Day Ticket

Adults 1,800 yen / Students (College / University) 800 yen

Advance Ticket

Adults 1,600 yen / Students (College / University) 600 yen


Tickets for Single Venue

Day Ticket

Adults 1,000 yen / Students (College / University) 500 yen

Group Ticket

Adults 800 yen / Students (College / University) 300 yen


*All students: Please present a valid student ID. Those up to high school and less than 18 years of age will be free of admission fee upon presenting a valid ID.

The Japan Foundation Asia Center; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum
The Asahi Shimbun, The Tokyo Shimbun, Nikkei Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers, The Yomiuri Shimbun, NHK

Exhibition Touring: Fukuoka Asian Art Museum / Friday, November 3, 2017 - Monday, December 25, 2017

Public Programs

Opening Programs
Four programs will be held during July 5 to July 9, 2017, to celebrate the exhibition's opening.
Please go to the exhibition's Programs page for the details.

July 5 (Wed) Performance AMNESIA by Melati Suryodarmo
July 5 (Wed) Talk Session "40 Years in Southeast Asia through the Eyes of an Artist"
July 8 (Sat) Symposium "How Has Contemporary Art Represented Southeast Asia?"
July 9 (Sun) Artists' Relay Talk "MY WORK"

Terakoya SUNSHOWER: Cultural Lecture Series
A series of eight lectures by those knowledgeable on the history, fashion, and foods of Southeast Asia. All to be held at Lecture Room AB of The National Art Center, Tokyo, these lectures will begin on July 22, 2017.
Please go to the exhibition's Programs page for the details.

A film screening with a wide lineup of films from documentary, action, adolescence, and romance that highlight the then-and-now of ASEAN film. To be held at the Auditorium of from August 10 to 13 at Auditorium (3rd Floor) of The National Art Center, Tokyo.
Please go to the exhibition's Programs page for the details.

Other Public Programs
More public programs will be held weekly during the exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo and Mori Art Museum.
Please go to the exhibition's Programs page for the details.

This is the certified project of beyond 2020 program.