Invitation Program for Curators from Central Europe Symposium: “Central European Contemporary Art”

To commemorate the V4 plus Japan Exchange Year 2014, the Japan Foundation will invite six curators from the V4 (Visegrád Four) countries of Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, along with Slovenia and Romania, for 13 days from December 1 to 13, 2014. During their stay, in addition to attending lectures from Japanese art specialists, the curators will also visit Tokyo, Kyoto, Kanazawa and Naoshima, where they will visit art museums and have opportunities to interact with people involved in the fine arts in each area in order to deepen their understanding of Japanese contemporary art.

At the end of this program a symposium will be held to report the latest developments in the contemporary art of Central Europe. At this symposium the six invited curators will each give a presentation on the current state of contemporary art in their respective countries, and the environment surrounding it. Additionally, the curators will give a report on the outcomes of this visit and challenges they are hoping to pursue in the future, along with joining Central European fine arts specialists for an overall discussion, as a general overview.


Date Friday, December 12, 2014 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
  • *A reception is scheduled after the symposium.
Venue The Japan Foundation JFIC Hall "Sakura"
(4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)Access
Panelists Six invited curators from Central Europe
Moderator Akiko Kasuya (Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts)
Commentators Toshino Iguchi (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Saitama University), Maria Poprzecka (Professor, Institute of Art History, University of Warsaw), Atsushi Miyazaki (Czech Art Researcher)
Language English (with simultaneous interpretation into Japanese)
Organized by The Japan Foundation
Co-organized by Kyoto City University of Arts
Cooperated by Polish Institute in Tokyo
How to apply Please email applications to Insert “Wishing to participate in December 12 symposium” in the subject line, and then clearly state the name (with furigana if your name is written in kanji), affiliation and email address of the person participating (when sending email, please enter a half-width character “@” instead of a full-width “@.”).
Please be aware that applications will close once the number of available seats is filled.
Seats availability: 80 people (first-come-first-served basis)
  • * You will be contacted only when your application arrives after it becomes full.
  • * A Kyoto symposium will also be held.
    Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Venue: Kyoto Art Center, Meeting Room 2

Invited Curators

  • Sebastian Cichocki (Deputy Director, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland)
  • Aron Fenyvesi (Curator, Trafo Gallery, Hungary)
  • Marie Klimešová (Associate Professor, Charles University in Prague, Institute for Art History, Czech Republic)
  • Anca Verona Mihulet (Independent Curator, Romania)
  • Zora Rusinova (Professor of Art History, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia)
  • Igor Spanjol (Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Slovenia)

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The Japan Foundation
Europe, Middle East and Africa Section, Arts and Culture Department,
Persons in charge: Yukihiro Ohira; Reiko Nariyama
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6063 Fax: +81-(0)3-5369-6038

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