The 4th Asian Museum Curator’s Conference

The 4th Asian Museum Curator's Conference will be held in Japan to coincide with the Yokohama Triennale to open this fall. The previous conferences have been held in Japan/Osaka (1st conference in March 2006), Seoul (2nd conference in March 2007), and in Manila (3rd conference in March 2008).

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Ayara Museum in Manila, the Philippines

The main objectives of the upcoming conference are as follows:

  1. (1) To enhance the understanding on the art scene and art policies in Japan
  2. (2) To exchange information and select/discuss issues commonly shared by museums in Asia
  3. (3) To enhance understanding on the discourses related to Asian art
  4. (4) To understand the different approaches/methods/attitudes of curatorial practices

Program Structure

The conference will start with a series of meetings, combined with site visits, to discuss specific issues:

  • Fukuoka Asian Art Museum to discuss policy with a Asian focus
  • Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art to discuss current issues in Japanese regional museums
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto to view and discuss topics related to "Emotional Drawing" exhibition
  • Yokohama Triennale to observe international art exhibitions and other discuss biennales and triennales in Asia in relation to the role of museums

At the final stage, the participants will attend the international symposium organized by the Japan Foundation, "Count 10 before You Say Asia - Asian Art after Postmodernism," to study and enhance understanding on the discourses and the state of Asian art in the last two decades.


Cai Tao (Chief Curator on Chinese Modern Art, Guangdong Museum of Art, China)
Michelle Ho (Assistant Curator, Singapore Art Museum)
Ditas R. Samson (Curator, Ayala Museum, Philippines)
Tezuka Miwako (Associate Curator, Asia Society and Museum, USA)
Amerrudin Bin Ahmad (Curator of Collection and Conservation, National Art Gallery Malaysia, Malaysia)
Lim Daegeun (Curator, Chief of Exhibition Team, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)
Liu Jienne (Curator, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea)
Somphot Sukaboon (Curator, The National Gallery, Thailand)
Hashimoto Azusa (Assistant Curator, National Museum of Art, Osaka)
Yamaki Kasumi (Curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum)

*Following curators in the JENESYS Programme are also scheduled to take part in the conference:
Mohamed Arif Bin Zaini (Institute of Contemporary Arts [ICA] Singapore)
Gustaff H. Iskandar (Director, Common Room, Indonesia)
Yap Sau Bin (Founder and Chairperson, RUMAH AIR PANAS Art Society, Malaysia)
Hafiz (ruangrupa, Indonesia)
Penwadee Nophaket Manont (Exhibition Coordinator, The Jim Thompson Art Center, Thailand)

Conference Timetable

November 17 (Monday) - 24 (Monay/ National Holiday), 2008 (7 nights 8 days)

17 (Mon) Arrive in Fukuoka
Evening: Introduction, orientation and informal discussion
*overnight in Fukuoka
18 (Tue) AM: Site visit at Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (hosted by Ms. T. Rawanchaikul, Curator)
PM: Site visit at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (hosted by Ms. Y. Kamiya, Chief Curator)
*overnight in Hiroshima
19 (Wed) AM: bullet train (=shinkansen) to Kyoto
11:00: The National Museum of Art, Osaka
15:00: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
(hosted by Mr. Kohmoto, Chief Curator & Ms.Makiguchi, Assistant Curator)
Evening: Move to Tokyo
*overnight in Tokyo
20 (Thu) All day: Yokohama Triennale
Evening: Yokohama Museum of Art
*overnight in Tokyo
21 (Fri) 10:00 - 18:00: Open Forum (open to the public)
[Venue] The Japan Foundation, 9F, Seminar Room 1
(4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo) Access
*overnight in Tokyo
22 (Sat) AM: Free time to visit museums and galleries in Tokyo area
PM: Attend/observe International Symposium Day 1
*overnight in Tokyo
23 (Sun) All day: Attend/observe International Symposium Day 2
*overnight in Tokyo
24 (Mon) Departure from Tokyo to respective countries

*Please direct your inquiries to the contacts below if you are interested in observing the open conference on November 21st.

[Contact Us]

FURUICHI Yasuko (Ms.) E-mail
HOASHI Aki (Ms.) E-mail
Visual Arts Division, Arts Department
The Japan Foundation
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0004 JAPAN
Tel +81-(0)3-5369-6062 Fax +81-(0)3-5369-6038

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