Profile of Mr. Fumio Nanjo

Mr. Nanjo has been the Director of the Mori Art Museum (森美術館館長), Japan, since 2006.  He has been an art critic, and a lecturer at the Art Centre of the Keio University (慶應義塾大学アート・センター) for a substantial period of time, as well as a curator .

Since his assumption of the role as the Art Education International Director of our School in July 2014, Mr. Fumio Nanjo has been sharing with us his pioneering visions on various topics relating to the contemporary art scene.  From the role of art and artists in a society to the secrets behind curating exhibitions, art festivals and even biennale of massive and international scale, from discussing the positioning of public art in a city to questioning the boundary of public art in the internet age, Mr. Nanjo has always been keen to conduct exclusive dialogues with students of our School and provide inspiring thoughts to art lovers in Hong Kong.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949, Mr. Nanjo received his Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Aesthetics in 1976 from Keio University (慶應義塾大学経済学部、文学部哲学科美学美術史学専攻卒業).  In his long career associated with art and culture, Mr. Nanjo had the experiences of serving as an officer of the Japan Foundation (国際交流基金) (1978-1986) , Director of ICA Nagoya (ICAナゴヤ) (1986-1990) , the Founder and Director of Nanjo and Associates (ナンジョウアンドアソシエイツ(株)) (1990 – 2002) and the Deputy Director of the Mori Art Museum (2002 – 2006). 

Mr. Nanjo has been travelling worldwide for his art curatorial works and advisory services, and his main achievements include:

-commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997)

-commissioner of the Taipei Biennale (1998)

-jury member of the Turner Prize at the Tate Gallery, London (1998)

- co-curator of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane (1999)

-member of the selection committee of the Biennale of Sydney (2000)

-specialist for the Japan Pavilion at EXPO 2000 in Hanover

-artistic co-director of the Yokohama Triennale (2001)

-Tokyo-section curator of the Sao Paulo Biennale (2002)

- jury member of the Golden Lion Prize, Venice Biennale (2005)

-artistic director of Singapore Biennale (2006, 2008)


Mr. Nanjo holds various positions on public and private boards and committees. He used to be board members of Association International des Critiques d 'Art (AICA) and Comité International de l’ICOM pour les Musées et les Collections d'Art Moderne (CIMAM).

Mr. Nanjo’s recent publications are;

  1. From Art to the City, a record of 15 years as an independent curator 『美術から都市へ -インディペンデントキュレーター15年の軌跡-』(Kajima Institute Pulishing鹿島出版会,1997)
  2. Asian Contemporary Art Report: China, India, Middle East and Japan『疾走するアジア -現代美術の今を見る-』(Bijutsu-Nenkansha 美術年鑑社,2010) 

     3.  A Life with Art 『アートを生きる』(Kadokawa Shoten角川書店, 2012)


About Mori Art Museum (森美術館)

The Mori Art Museum is an privately founded world-class contemporary art institution located at the top of a 53floor in the Mori Tower at Roppongi (六本木ヒルズ森タワー) .  Unprecedented in history, the Museum initiates a unique mode of operation.  It is the jewel in the crown of the new Tokyo district of Roppongi Hills and the primary cultural component of the entire development.  The Mori Art Museum had been presenting numerous exhibitions with many Asian contemporary artists, international artists, architecture, design and fashion with several thematic exhibitions. The program is driven in popularity and academic, thus known as one of the best initiatives for making today's art more accessible to general audience.>