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Renowned Chinese contemporary artist-duo The Gao Brothers to perform at 101TOKYO Contemporary Art Fair 2008

101TOKYO, Japan’s New Contemporary Art Fair will host a performance by critically acclaimed Chinese artists The Gao Brothers, at the fair venue on Saturday April 5th..

This will be the first time The Gao Brothers perform in Japan.

“We are thrilled to be hosting the Gao Brother’s first ever performance in Japan. This work is a literal interpretation of what 101TOKYO stands for – capturing the dynamism of the Asian contemporary art scene and connecting people” said Agatha Wara, Director of the fair.

The Gao Brothers (Gao Qiang, born 1962 and Gao Zhen, born 1956) are a pair of artist brothers based in Beijing, China. Their 20-year collaboration has generated an oeuvre of socially charged performance art, sculpture and photography that casts a critical eye on China and the West. Their Tokyo performance will be the latest in their series of World Hug Day / The Utopia of Hugging, where large groups of strangers participate in a mass hugging event.

For this special performance at 101TOKYO, The Gao Brothers are looking for participants. If you would like to participate in this important event please contact

The Gao Brothers performance is the latest addition to a strong lineup of events for 101TOKYO inaugural year. The Fair will open to invited guests and press on Wednesday April 2, and will be open to the public April 3-6. 28 galleries from 12 countries will be exhibiting new works at 101TOKYO. The Fair programme includes lectures on Saturday and Sunday, and a club event on Friday April 4. 101TOKYO will also host The Bacon Prize, Japan’s only international contemporary art prize, to be awarded on April 7.

About 101TOKYO
101TOKYO is Japan’s new International Contemporary Art Fair. In its first year the Fair will take place April 3-6 2008 in a former school building in Akihabara and will feature 28 of the very best up-and-coming galleries from Japan and all over the world. These selected galleries will show well-curated exhibitions, showing new works by their young, emerging contemporary artists. 101TOKYO will be an entirely new platform for collectors, curators, artists and art enthusiasts to come together and experience the vitality of Tokyo’s contemporary art scene.
For more information:

101TOKYO Contemporary Art Fair 2008
4-13-5 Nakaochiai, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 161-0032
Tel: +81(0)3-5988-7830
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