“Yuko Hasegawa”

In conversation with Yuko Hasegawa

Yuko Hasegawa is an international curator par excellence. In her native Japan, she is a co-founder of Inujima Art House Project on Naoshima and an artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT). Her latest project, “Japanorama”, is currently on at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France. In the recent years, Yuko Hasegawa curated the Moscow Biennale (2017) and the XI Sharjah Biennale (2013), co-curated the 29th Sao Paulo Biennale (2010), and judged the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and the MAXXI Bulgari Prize.   “Japonorama” is an extremely ambitious undertaking: the exhibition spans over 45 years of Japanese contemporary art history, and includes around 350 works by 100 artists.  You are obviously a very experienced curator, but do you still find it difficult to cope with such mammoth projects? First, let me explain why the exhibition starts in 1970.  In 1986, Pompidou staged an important overview “Japon des avant-gardes” that traced the history of avant-garde art in Japan from 1910-1970.  The new show follows on that earlier exhibition, picking up where the previous one ended. Same year “Expo ’70” in Osaka took place: a symbolic event marking Japan’s transition from the post-war period towards its own, new path of development in society, economy, technology, as well as culture: meaning a lot of people were seeking an original cultural identity, looking inside rather than outwards. This is why I thought it is important to start the exhibition from 1970 and up to the present day. Many exhibitions on contemporary Japanese art organised by foreign curators focus on art produced in the 1950-60s: mainly because this period was largely influenced by the European modernism, so it is easy for Western curators to contextualise it under this umbrella. In Japan of the 70s, Minimalism starts developing, whereas in the 80s...

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Eungie Joo to curate Sharjah Biennial 12

Sharjah (United Arab Emirates), 19 November 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Eungie Joo has been appointed curator of the 12th edition of the Sharjah Biennial, to take place in March 2015. Joo is the director of art and cultural programmes at Instituto Inhotim, and has previously occupied the post of director and curator of education and public programmes at the New Museum. The director of the foundation, Hoor Al Qasimi, declared that: “Reflecting a career focused on working closely with artists and communities, Joo’s collaborative perspective will find resonance in Sharjah and enrich the experience of SB12.” Joo is to replace Yuko Hasegawa, curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), who directed and curated Sharjah Biennial 11. Established in 1993, the Sharjah Biennial, takes place in the capital of the Arab Emirate of the same name, and is now one of the principal contemporary art shows of the region. Each year, artists come together in Sharjah’s oldest neighbourhood (not far from Dubai) to present their...

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Art Basel Hong Kong announces installations selection

Hong Kong, 20 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Art Basel Hong Kong, to be held from 23 to 26 May 2013, announced on 19 March seventeen artworks that will be displayed at the Hong Kong Encounters section. The installations chosen by curator Yuko Hasegawa are: Arndt Gallery (Berlin) with Circa, 2011, by Indian artist Jitish Kallat; Yumiko Chiba Associates (Tokyo) exhibiting Noosphere, 2012, by Japanese artist Takuma Uematsu; De Sarthe Gallery (Hong Kong), Le Rite Suspendue/Mouille, by Chinese artist Chen Zhen; Galerie Du Monde (Hong Kong), Losing, 2008, by Chinese artist Qin Chong; Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Lethargic Aesthetics, 2012, by Chinese artist Guan Huaibin; Kerlin Gallery (Dublin), Complete Bin Development by British artist Liam Gillick; Kukje Gallery (Seoul) displaying work by Korean artist Haegue Yang; Simon Lee Gallery (London and Hong Kong) exhibiting piece by American artist Marnie Weber; Long March Space (Beijing) exhibiting installation titled Play 201301, 2013 produced by MadeIn Company’s (founded in 2009 in Shanghai by Xu Zhen); Magician Space (Beijing) 11 Degree Incline; Edouard Malingue Gallery (Hong Kong), Visibility is a Trap, 2012, by French artist Laurent Grasso; Mizuma Art Gallery (Tokyo) with  It Means Nothing to Me, 2012, by British artist Susan Philips; One and J. Gallery (Seoul) exhibiting installation by Korean artist Seung Yul Oh; Osage Gallery (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Intervention, 2009, by Chinese artist Sun Yung; Project 88 (Mumbai), A Different Gravity, 2012, work by Raqs Media Collective; Galleria S.A.L.E.S (Rome), China Purple, 2010, by Italian artist Flavio Favelli; Tang Contemporary Art (Bangkok, Hong Kong and Beijing), sculpture by Wang...

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Relations on display at Sharjah Biennial 11

Sharjah, 21 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Sharjah Biennial will be held from 13 March to 13 May 2013 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. This event will welcome 100 artists, architects, fimmakers, musicians and performers. The 11th edition is titled “Re: emerge, Towards a New Cultural Cartography”. This edition will focus on the “courtyard”. Sheikha Hoor, President of the Sarjah Art Foundation, explained: “The courtyard is where knowledge is exchanged, friendships are made, where family members meet and reconnect, where people rest and have a break. It is a central place in traditional Emirati homes”. The 2013 edition of the Sharjah Biennial is interested in the variety and complexity of cultures and societies, in new forms of communication, exchange, production, and how they influence art and architecture. “Re: emerge, Towards a new Cultural Cartography”, according to its organiser Yuko Hasegawa, is to reconsider relations between Asia, Far East, North Africa, Latin America and turn away from “Western centrism”. Among participating artists, the visitors will have the opportunity to appreciate works by Burak Arikan, Tony Chakar, Thomas Demand, Mohamed Ali Fadlabi, Valia Fetisov, Simon Fujiwara, Carsten H ö Ller, Gabriel Lester, Pedro Reyes, Shahzia Sikander, Liu Wei, Saadane Afif, Yang Fudong, Kazuyo Sejima and Wael Shawky. The opening of SB11 will mark the inauguration of the Sharjah Art Foundation’s five new multifunctional art spaces, covering a 2,000-sqm surface. Organised since 1993, the Sharjah Biennial is currently one of the main contemporary art event in the region. Every two years, artists gather in the most ancient district of Sharjah (near Dubai) in order to display their...

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Sarjah’s biennale will set on 11 to 13 of march

Sharjah, September 6, 2012. Art Media Agency (AMA). The Sharjah Art Foundation announced that the Sharjah Biennial (UAE) will be held from 11 to 13 March 2013. Yuko Hasegawa, current curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT), the opportunity to be the director and curator of the event. For the eleventh edition of the Sharjah Biennial, the foundation run by Hoor Al Qasimi will receive many artists from different backgrounds such as Francis Alÿs, Tiffany Chung, Runa Islam, Lucia Koch, Ernesto Neto and Gabriel Orozco. Yuko Hasegawa wants at the event to highlight the diversity of cultures and societies of our world, spatial relationships and policies, new forms of contact, dialogue or exchange we face today. She was also inspired by the architecture – especially the historical dimension of Sharjah – where public and private space are not defined to organize the Biennale. Thus, private and public life intersect for meetings and exchanges. The purpose of this Biennale is free of the weight of the visitor and globalization bring with art to share with...

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