Takeshi Kitano’s sculpture at the 2013 Setouchi Triennale, Anger from the Bottom

The Setouchi Triennale is a contemporary art festival occurring every three years on the islands between Honshu and Shikoku. This summer we visited Shodoshima island where a sculpture drawn by the famous actor and director Takeshi Kitano is displayed. Kenji Yanobe arranged and built the structure. The title of the artwork is “Anger from the Bottom”. It consists of a mechanical sculpture of an seemingly evil spirit emerging of a well. The piece is animated every hour and is located close to the Sakate port which is also the boarding point of the ferry linking Shodoshima to Kobe.

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2 thoughts on “Takeshi Kitano’s sculpture at the 2013 Setouchi Triennale, Anger from the Bottom”

  1. What did you think of it?
    While I’m excited that Kitano is taking part in the Triennale and that Anger from the Bottom is pretty interesting in itself, I nonetheless find it a bit “off-topic” in the context of the Setouchi Triennale

    1. Thanks for your comment David,
      I am no art expert, nor have I seen many artworks from the Setouchi Triennale this year. But I do feel that Anger from the Bottom, although interesting in itself, feels slightly out of place. It does not blend so well with the natural environment surrounding it, unlike many other art pieces of the Triennale (That I’ve seen in pictures…). I am also not so surprised of the violent or dark nature of the sculpture, knowing the tendency for Takeshi Kitano to usually include plenty of it in his movies.

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