Fumio Nanjo


Fumio Nanjo (b.1949 in Tokyo) is the director of Mori Art Museum since November in 2006 as well as a lecturer of Keio University since 1991. He graduated from Keio University in the faculty of Economics (1972) and Letters (Aesthetics/Art History; 1977). He organized numerous exhibitions as an officer of the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), as the director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), as the founder and as the representative director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002), and as the deputy director of Mori Art Museum (2002-Oct.2006).

His main achievements include commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale(1997), commissioner at the Taipei Biennale(1998), member of jury committee of the Turner Prize(1998), co-curator of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art(Brisbane,1999), member of the selection committee of the Sydney Biennale(2000), art specialist of the Japan Pavilion of the Hanover Exposition(2000), artistic co-director of the Yokohama Triennale 2001, Tokyo-section co-curator of the Sao Paulo Biennale (2002), selector of the Artes Mundi Prize in Wales(2004), jury member of the Golden Lion Prize of the Venice Biennale(2005) and artistic director of the Singapore Biennale(2006 & 2008).

He also served as a consultant on several public art and corporate art projects including Shinjuku I-LAND" Public Art Projects (Tokyo/1995), Hakata Riverain Art Project (Fukuoka/1999), Art Project for Obayashi Corporation Head Office (Tokyo/1999), and VIVO City Art Project (Singapore/2006). Advisory positions include a member of International Committee of ICOM for Museums and Collections of Modern Art (CIMAM) and a member of International Association of Art Critics (AICA). He was awarded Foreign Minister’s Commendation for Fiscal Year 2007 for his contribution to international cultural exchange over the years. Publications include From Art to the City, a record of 15 years as an independent curator (1997) and Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan (2010).



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