Art Playground PLAY

  • Photo: Yasuko Okamura


Introduced for the first time at the Aichi Triennale 2019, Art Playgrounds are spaces that visitors can use to demonstrate their own creativity. They are installed at five exhibition venues, each dedicated to one of the five themes "Play," "Talk," "Create," "Interact" and "Outreach." These spaces function as platforms for visitors to respond naturally and in their own ways――through creation, self-expression, discussion or communication――to works shown at art festivals and exhibitions, and the inspiration they draw from such displays.
For "Play," architect ENDO Mikiko and artist HIBINO Katsuhiko teamed up with members of the "Danboru Kenkyukai" ("Danken",) a study group of elementary school students in Aichi who have been focusing on the creative possibilities of cardboard. The idea was to create various playground equipment with no predetermined use, resulting in a playground that keeps changing and expanding according to visitors' ideas. Any visitor is free to play here by his or her own responsibility.

ENDO Mikiko

  • Born 1971 in Tokyo, Japan
  • Based in Fukuoka, Japan

Selected Works & Awards

2018 Cloud Bed, exterior furniture design for Hoshino Resort Tomamu, Hokkaido, Japan
2017 Space and exhibition design for Fukuoka Science Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2014 Space and exhibition design for kids exhibition “MieMu,” Mie Prefectural Museum, Mie, Japan
2011-2017 Maternity House in Zambia, participatory architecture for rural health clinics in Copperbelt Province, Zambia
2011 Set design for kids educational program “Inai-Inai-Bah!,” NHK E-television, Japan

HIBINO Katsuhiko

  • Born 1958 in Gifu, Japan
  • Based in Tokyo, Japan

Selected Works & Awards

2015 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award at the 66th Japan’s Art Encouragement Prize
2010 Setouchi International Art Festival, Kagawa, Japan
2003 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2003, Niigata, Japan
1995 46th Venice Biennial, Japan Pavilion, Venice, Italy


Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art Gallery (8F)


Aichi Arts Center 8F
1-13-2 Higashisakura,Higashi-ku, Nagoya
461-8525 JAPAN


(Fri -20:00)
Admission until
30 minutes
before closing


Mondays (Except for National Holidays)

Barrier free

Free rental of wheelchairs.Please request to information.


・5 minutes on foot from Sakae Station on the Higashiyama Subway Line or Meijo Subway Line.
・5 minutes on foot from Sakae-Machi Station on the Meitetsu Seto Line.