Director of 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Director/Professor of The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts

Born in Tokyo in 1955, and graduated from the Department of Painting, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts. Worked for Benesse
Corporation from 1991 to June 2004, where responsibilities included the operation of the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum, and the planning and operation of
the Benesse Art Site Naoshima (former Naoshima Contemporary Art Museum). Work at the Benesse Art Site Naoshima includes the Art House Project (First Phase) from 1997 to 2002. Major exhibitions include Standard and Standard 2, which were both outdoor art projects treating real houses
(inhabited and uninhabited), streets and entire Naoshima Island as venues.

Work at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa includes Kanazawa Art Platform 2008, a “project-type” exhibition set in the streets of Kanazawa, and direction of the First International Triennale of Kogei in Kanazawa, which presented new generations of crafts to a global audience.

Chief curator of Benesse Art Site Naoshima from 1992 to 2004. Director of Chichu Art Museum, managing director of Naoshima Fukutake Art Museum Foundation, and artistic director of Benesse Art Site Naoshima from 2004 to December 2006. Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary
Art, Kanazawa from April 2007. Director and professor of The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts from April 2015.




Senju was president of Kyoto University of Art & Design from 2007 to 2013, presently professor of Kyoto University of Art & Design. Born in Tokyo, 1958.

In 1984, he withdrew from the doctoral program at The Graduate School of Tokyo University of the Arts after fulfilling the credit requirements.
His graduation work was purchased by The University of Tokyo.His graduation work was purchased by The University of Tokyo.  In 1995, he received Honorable Mention at 46th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy. He also received Grand Prize at 13th MOA Mokichi Okada Award, Japan in 2002. He exhibited at The Scent and Shape of Ink (2002), group exhibition, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Republic of Korea, Paintings on Fusuma at the Jukoin of Daitokuji Temple (2003),group exhibition, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo. He participated Lexus L-Finesse (2005) in Milano Salone, Milan, Italy, the 6th Gwangju Biennale(2006), Gwangju, Republic of Korea and Setouchi Triennale (2010), Kagawa, Japan.  Hiroshi Senju Museum Karuizawa Opened in
At the same year, he participated the 5th Chengdu Biennale (2011), Chengdu, China. He exhibited at Frontiers Reimagined in the 56th La Biennale
di Venezia (2015), Venice, Italy. In 2016, he exhibited at Toindo in Yakushi-ji temple, Nara, Japan and received Foreign Minister’s Commendation for
FY 2016 by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Senju has engaged in not only creating paintings, prints, public arts and stage designs, but also
publishing books and involving in the education.


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Born in Tokyo in 1969, Yamaguchi grew up in Kiryu city in Gunma prefecture. In 1996 he graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School (Painting Department) with an MA in Oil Painting. In 2013, his book “Hen-na Nihon Bijutsushi” won the 12th Kobayashi Hideo Award.
Besides his bird’s eye view paintings of cities or battlefields, he traverses a variety of methods of expression including sculpture, manga and installation. His major solo exhibitions include ‘TOKIORE(I)MIX” (Maison Hermès 8F Le Forum, Tokyo) and “Yamaguchi Akira: Stepping Back to Seek the
Underneath” (Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito) amongst others. His solo exhibition “Umakagami” at the Equine Museum of Japan is ongoing
until May 29th.

He has further developed the wide range of his practice through public artworks at locations including Narita International Airport and on Tokyo’s
Fukutoshin Line (at Nishi-Waseda station).

Recent publications include YAMAGUCHI Akira: The Big Picture (Seigensha) and Exploration! Tokyo National Museum (Tankosha, co-authored by
YAMAGUCHI Akira and FUJIMORI Terunobu).



Art Historian, Professor of Meiji Gakuin University

Born in Kure City, Hiroshima in 1958, Graduated from Faculty of Letters Art History Department of Tokyo University and finished Graduate school at
Tokyo University.Teaches at Faculty of Letters,Arts Department of Meiji Gakuin University as professor since 1990.

Adviser at Yamane Museum, Director of Mori Museum, Director of Taro Okamoto Memorial
Contemporary Art Foundation
Through studying Suibokuga(Ink Painting) of the Muromachi period as a starting point, Yamashita has been researching and acting as art critic for a
wide range of Jomon art to contemporary art.

Author of “ Afterimage of Muromachi Painting” “Japanese Art of 20th Century”
“the Declaration of Taro Okamoto” “Japanese Art Cheer Leaders” conversation with Genpei Akagawa, “Kyoto – School Excursion for Adult “ and
“Amazing Japanese Art “ written in collaboration with Mari Hashimoto.

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