Kohebi Salon report

Posted : February 13, 2017

My name is Fukuda and I would like to share my note on the 2nd Kohebi Salon which took place on Monday 6 February 2017. Kohebi Salon launch in January which aims to establish a platform for members of Kohabitai (a name given to a collective group of supporters of ETAT) to learn about the festival and exchange views once every month under the guidance of Fram Kitagawa, General Director of ETAT.

The theme for the 2nd Kohebi Salon was “how to appreciate art”. Mr Kitagawa gave us tips of viewing artworks from his own experience as well as talked about public art in Japan and abroad. He also shared how he would hope as many people as possible to gain experience in appreciating artworks.

The three points to remember when viewing artworks are ① looking for your most favourite artwork amongst other artworks at an exhibition, ② contemplating an idea of purchasing the artwork and asking yourself if you could continue to like the artwork for long term and ③ whether the artwork is of an genuine artist. He then moved onto the following two approaches we can start taking.

・You look at artworks at an exhibition with an intention of buying an artwork; and
・List up the best ten artworks of yours (i.e. from ETAT artworks, sculptures and paintings.)

He believes that one will become aware of changes in oneself by repeating this exercise. Other important things to remember were “not to look at artworks repeatedly (if you develop familiarity you will look at an artwork as something you know); and “you go and see artworks alone (so that you will be able to have a full experience of artwork rather than diluted one with someone as you may well be chatting about artworks).


During the latter half of the Salon, he introduced public art projects both in Japan and abroad. He also explained the meaning and background to the artworks in the public spaces abroad by participating artists in Faret Tachikawa and Echigo-Tsumari Art Field.

I hope you will try the tips by Mr Kitagawa when you visit an art exhibition or festival next time. You may find a new discovery.

The third Kohebi Salon will be held on Monday 6 March 2017. We look forward to your participation.

Tatsuhiko Fukuda, Member of Kohebitai

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