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Fumio Nanjo, Artistic Director

Fumio Nanjo (* 1949 Tokyo, Japan) is Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo since November 2006.

Also an art critic and a lecturer at Keio University, Tokyo, Nanjo has organised numerous exhibitions in various capacities as: an officer of the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), Director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), Founder and Representative Director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002), and Deputy Director of Mori Art Museum (2002-October 2006).

His main achievements include being the commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the 47th Venice Biennale (1997) and the 1st Taipei Biennale (1998). Nanjo was also a member of the jury committee for the Turner Prize (1998), co-curator of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999), and member of the selection committee for the Sydney Biennale (2000).

His experience also extends to being the director for the Japan Pavilion at EXPO 2000 in Hanover, artistic co-director of the Yokohama Triennale (2001), selector of the Artes Mundi Prize in Wales (2004), being a jury member of the Golden Lion Prize for the 51st Venice Biennale (2005) as well as the artistic director of the inaugural Singapore Biennale (2006).

Having served as a consultant on several public art and corporate art projects including the Shinjuku I-Land Public Art Projects (Tokyo/1995), the Hakata Riverain Art Project (Fukuoka/1999), Art Project for Obayashi Corporation Head Office (Tokyo/1999) and VivoCity Public Artworks (Singapore/2006), Nanjo also holds advisory positions which include being a board member of Comité International des Musées d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (CIMAM) and member of the Association International des Critiques d' Art (AICA).

He is also involved in the selection committees of several art awards and artist-in-residence programmes. 1997 he published From Art to the City: A Record of 15 Years as An Independent Curator.


(Press information of the Singapore Biennale)

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

Interview 2006
on the occasion of the
1st Singapore Biennale

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