Mr. Fumio NANJO (南條史生)

Art Education International Director, Hong Kong Art School

Fumio Nanjo has been the Director of the Mori Art Museum, Japan, since 2006. He has been an art critic, a lecturer at the Art Centre of the Keio University for a substantial period of time, as well as a curator.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1949, Nanjo received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Aesthetics in 1976 from Keio University. In his long career associated with art and culture, Nanjo has had the experiences of serving as an officer in the Japan Foundation (1978-1986), Director of ICA Nagoya (1986-1990), the Founder and Director of Nanjo and Associates (1990-2002) and the Deputy Director of the Mori Art Museum (2002-2006).

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)

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

Nanjo’s recent publications are 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 Publishing,1997), 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, 2010)and A Life with Art (アートを生きる) (Kadokawa Shote, 2012).