The 7th Asian Museum Curators’ Conference (September 26, 2011 – September 29, 2011)

The Japan Foundation organized its first Asian Museum Curators’ Conference in 2005 to provide opportunities for sharing information and building networks among the junior curators who work in the Asian region. The conference functions as a place for discussing curatorial practices, collection and conservation of artworks, and other issues that concern their profession.
The previous conferences have been held in Osaka, Seoul, Manila, Tokyo, Singapore / Kuala Lumpur, and last year, the 6th conference was held in Delhi and Bangalore. In this year, the 7th conference will be held in Tokyo again to coincide with the Yokohama Triennale 2011 which will open this summer.
In this year, all sessions are open to the public and will be conducted in English and simultaneously interpreted in Japanese. We are looking forward to have many people will be joining this conference.


  1. (1) To enhance understanding on the art scene and art policies in Japan.
  2. (2) To understand different approaches/methods/attitudes of curatorial practices.
  3. (3) To enhance understanding of the discourses related to Asian art.
  4. (4) To examine the art scene in the 2000s and the appropriate model for curators in the 2010s.

Program Structure

Date: September 26, 2011 – September 29, 2011 (5 nights, 6 days)
Venue: JFIC Hall “Sakura,” The Japan Foundation
Admission is free (Maximum capacity: 80 people)
Simultaneous interpretation (Japanese and English) is provided


  • September 26 Mon. Arrival in Tokyo
  • September 27 Tue.
    Day1:Conference- “Structure of the Current Art Field in Japan”
    “Actions Related to Tohoku Earthquake Disaster”
  • September 28 Wed.
    Day2:Conference - “Exchange Project Ideas / Information / Issues”
  • September 29 Thu.
    Day3:Symposium - “Prospect: The Role of Art and Curators in the 2010s”
  • September 30 Fri.
    Day4:Site visits - Yokohama Triennale 2011, museums in Tokyo
  • Oct 1 Sat.
    Departure from Tokyo


Day 1: September 27 Tue.“Structure of the Current Art Field in Japan”
“Actions Related to Tohoku Earthquake Disaster”

Moderator: Furuichi Yasuko (Exhibition Coordinator, The Japan Foundation)

Session1Structure of the Current Art Field in Japan
10:00 - 10:10 Opening Remark The Japan Foundation
10:10 - 10:40 Cultural Administration in Japan Kurihara Yuji
Director, Fine Arts Division, Cultural Properties Department, Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government
10:40 - 11:10 International Exchange through Art: Taking Japanese Art Abroad Ito Masanobu
Director, Visual Arts Section, Arts and Culture Department, The Japan Foundation
11:10 - 11:40 The Future Then: Up from the Ruins-Japanese Modern and Contemporary Art Museums after World WarⅡ Mizusawa Tsutomu
Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
11:40 - 13:00 (Lunch)
13:00 - 13:30 Expressions and Bonds Cultivated by Regional Art Projects: Art Management and Management-Style Art Today Kumakura Sumiko
Professer, Department of Musical Creativity and the Environment, Tokyo University of the Arts
13:30 - 14:00 Artist-in-Residence Programs and Art NPOs: From Their Beginnings to the Present Hinuma Teiko
Associate Professor, Joshibi University of Art and Design
14:00 - 14:30 Japanese Galleries and the Art Market Today Koyama Tomio
The President, Tomio Koyama Gallery Inc.
14:30 - 15:00 Supporting Art Journalism Ozaki Tetsuya
Publisher and Chief Editor of "REALTOKYO" and "Realkyoto"
15:00 - 15:30 Q&A / Discussion  
15:30 - 15:40 (Break)
Session2Actions Related to Tohoku Earthquake Disaster
15:40 - 16:10 Rescuing Cultural Properties: Activities of The Japanese Council of Art Museums Murakami Hiroya
Chief Curator, The National Museum of Western Art
16:10 - 16:40 Art and Media in Lifelong Learning Facilities in a Disaster-stricken Area: Practical Examples Kai Kenji
Director, Activity Support Department, Sendai Mediatheque
16:40 - 17:10 I’m Still Not Sure Whether It’s Gone or Not: Losing a Village and Everything Around You in the Tsunami Shiga Lieko
17:10 - 17:30 Q&A / Discussion  

Day 2 : September 28 Wed.“Exchange Project Ideas / Information / Issues”
Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Japan)
10:00-17:30 20 minute-presentations by participants.
Accepting application is closed.

Day 3: September 29 Thu.Symposium

Prospect: The Role of Art and Curators in the 2010s

Session Ⅰ Art and Community - Beyond "Relational Aesthetics"
Any narrative of the international art scene of the 2000s must address Relational Art and participatory art activities, and Asia is no exception to this. These concepts have changed the nature of international curation and played a role in pushing Asian artists into world recognition, but there are also limits to their influence. What effect have these concepts had on art in diverse areas of a globalizing world, and how have they been transcended? Through presentations by curators and researchers, this session will identify and deepen the discussion of specific issues related to these concepts - including their merits and demerits - in order to investigate what comes next.

Session ⅡArt as “Trans-National Virus”
Alongside the popularization of postcolonial theory, diasporas and other transnational movements that dismantle existing cultural borders have received significant attention in the field of art. However, movements that seek to find in art autonomous national identities have also intensified. This session will consider the transnational impetus that nests in art like a virus, as well as the hopes for national identity that function as an antibody to that virus, with the intent of verifying this contradictory dynamics.

10:00 - 10:10 Opening Remark by The Japan Foundation
Session Ⅰ Art and Community - Beyond "Relational Aesthetics"
Moderator: Hayashi Michio

(Professor of Art History, Sophia University, Japan)
10:10 - 10:20 Opening Remark for Session Ⅰ by Moderator
10:20 - 10:40 The Point of No Return
Gridthiya Gaweewong
Artistic Director, Jim Thompson Art Center, Thailand
10:40 - 11:00 Actually Existing: Aesthetic Effect and Effective Relations in Southeast Asia
Patrick D. Flores
Professor, Art Studies Department, University of the Philippines, Diliman, The Philippines)
11:00 - 11:20 Everyone Loves Art?: Adapting Relational Aesthetics to Japan
Kamiya Yukie
Chief Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan
11:20 - 12:00 Discussion
12:00 - 13:30 (Lunch)
Session Ⅱ Art of "Trans-National Virus"
Moderator: Tanaka Masayuki
(Professor, College of Art and Design, Musashino Art University, Japan)
13:30 - 13:40 Opening Remark for Session Ⅱ by Moderator
13:40 - 14:00 Beyond the boundaries of Nationality: Case Studies: Korean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and Platform Seoul
Kim Sunjung
Director, SAMUSO; Space for Contemporary Art, Korea
14:00 - 14:20 The Asian Cosmology and Thoughts on Relationships
Kataoka Mami
Chief Curator, Mori Art Museum, Japan
14:20 - 14:40 Can One Be a Specialist and a Generalist at the Same Time?
Doryun Chong
Associate Curator, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
14:40 - 15:20 Discussion
15:20 - 15:40 (Break)
15:40 - 17:00 Plenary Session
Moderator: Hayashi Michio and Tanaka Masayuki
17:00 - 18:00 Reception

Day 4: September 30 Fri. Site visits
a.m: Yokohama Triennale 2011
p.m: Museums in Tokyo


Accepting application is closed.

Applications and Inquiries

Furuichi Yasuko (Ms.)
Murakami Juri (Ms.)
Visual Arts Section, Arts and Culture Dept.
4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0004
Tel: 03-5369-6062 Fax: 03-5369-6038
*This e-mail address is temporary for the 7th conference.

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