Japan Pavilion at the 53rd International Art Exhibition, the Venice Biennale in 2009: Commissioner Profile

Commissioner Profile

Photo of Hiroshi MINAMISHIMA


Hiroshi MINAMISHIMA, Professor of Joshibi University of Art and Design and the former Director of Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, was born in Nagano, Japan in 1957. After graduating from the School of Art and Design, University of Tsukuba, Mr. Minamishima was involved in the founding of several museums in Japan, including Iwaki City Art Museum and the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1993, he received a scholarship from the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and studied in Paris, while working as an independent curator, producing such projects as the Poland tour of the renowned butoh dance group, Asbestos Studio. From 2000, he worked for the establishment of the Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto (CAMK) and served as the founding director until 2008. During his tenure at CAMK, he curated the exhibitions, Attitude: One Truth in Your Heart (2002), Marina Abramovic: The Star (2003-04), Iki-ningyo and Kisaburo Matsumoto (2004), Ann Hamilton: voce (2006), and Attitude: The House of Human Beings – Authentically Blessed Jubilance (2007), through which he has raised awareness a variety of artistic expressions that are often neglected, ranging from contemporary art in the former Socialist countries, the art works made by Hansen’s disease sufferers, to the Iki-ningyo, traditional spectacle dolls as a form of anti-modernism. Mr. Minamishina was one of the co-curators of the International Triennale of Contemporary Art (ITCA) 2008 in Prague.

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