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Following his graduation from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music (taking a major in the history of Buddhist sculpture), Fram Kitagawa organized various exhibitions that introduced to Japan works of art that at the time were not well known.
He has been responsible for a wide range of projects, such as the 1978-79 Antoni Gaudi exhibition, which traveled to thirteen Japanese cities, and the
Apartheid Non! International Art Festival (1988-90 / started as “Art against Apartheid” by UNESCO), which traveled to 194 venues throughout Japan.
Kitagawa has received high praise for his involvement in activities related to community development, such as his lead role in the planning of the Faret Tachikawa Art Project and the cultural activities he oversees at the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace, which was awarded the Mécénat Grand Prix.
He is the chairman of Art Front Gallery.
He has served as the general director of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since 2000, and has made a major contribution to the development of the region through art.
He has served as the general director of the Setouchi Triennale since 2010.
He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Republic, the Order of Culture from the Republic of Poland, the 2006 Japanese Education Minister’s Award for Art (in the field of art promotion), and the Order of Australia: Honorary Member (AO) in the General Division (2012).
26 July - 13 September 2015
Tokamachi City + Tsunan Town
Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee
NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization