Ken + Julia Yonetani

日本人とオーストラリア人のアーティストユニット。 環境問題や社会問題などをテーマに入念なリサーチを行い、独自の手法で美しくも不気味なものへと転換する作品は、インスタレーション、ビデオ、パフォーマンスなど多岐にわたる。主な展覧会に、ヴェネチア・ビエンナーレ(オーストラリア代表、2009)、シンガポール・ビエンナーレ(2013)、茨城県北芸術祭(2016)、ホノルルビエンナーレ(2017)、主な個展に、オーストラリア国立美術館(2015〜2016)、角川武蔵野ミュージアム(2020)、QUT Art Museum(2022)などがある。近年は京都の農村にて無農薬農業も兼業しつつ、グローバルに制作・展示活動を行っている。

A collaboration between Japanese and Australian artists, this unit conducts meticulous research on environmental and social issues, transforming the themes in beautiful and eerie ways into works through their unique methods. Their creations cover various media including installations, videos, and performances. The unit has participated in major exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale (representing Australia, 2009), Singapore Biennale (2013), Kenpoku Art (2016), and Honolulu Biennial (2017). Notable solo exhibitions include those at the National Gallery of Australia (2015-2016), Kadokawa Culture Museum (2020), and QUT Art Museum (2022). In recent years, they have also been engaged in pesticide-free agriculture in rural Kyoto while continuing their global production and exhibition activities.


Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations




Conceived in response to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011, the work originally comprised of 31 chandeliers, since revised to 32. Antique chandelier frames have been refitted with uranium glass and UV lighting; once switched on, the UV bulbs cause the glass beads to glow with a haunting green. The number of chandeliers signals the number of nations in the world that use nuclear power for electricity generation, and the size of each chandelier corresponds to the number of operating nuclear plants in that nation. The title of the work references the grandiose building designed for the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, hinting at the tension between human ambition, technological development, and its costs and consequences.


《クリスタルパレス:万原子力発電国産業製作品大博覧会: 中国、ロシア、北朝鮮、ウクライナ、メキシコ、ベルギー》



[サイズ]中国: 150×150×130 cm、ロシア: 90×90×144 cm、北朝鮮: 20×20×80 cm、ウクライナ: 73×73×95 cm、メキシコ: 43×43×53 cm、ベルギー: 55×55×68 cm

《Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nuclear Nations: China, Russia, North Korea, Ukraine, Mexico, Belgium》

2013 (2016 in China)

Uranium Glass, Chandelier frames, UV black light

China: 150×150×130 cm, Rusia: 90×90×144 cm, North Korea: 20×20×80 cm, Ukraine: 73×73×95 cm, Mexico: 43×43×53 cm, Belgium: 55×55×68 cm