Art Platform Japan 

Bunka-cho Art Platform Japan Symposium

Jun 30, 2022 at 12:00am ~ Jul 07, 2022 at 11:59pm

Art Platform Japan continues to host several international symposia and workshops this fiscal year to create opportunities to consider future policies for the promotion of contemporary Japanese art together with fellow experts and viewers.
1. Drawing Lessons from the Museum Ludwig Collection: Vibrant interactions between the museum and the public

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2022, 5:00 pm–6:30 pm (JST)
Format: Live streaming on YouTube Live (English channel)
Registration: Free
Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)

Overview: Germany is a country where its citizens are intimately involved in the activities of public art museums, as seen in the tradition of kunstvereine, the civic art associations that emerged in the late 18th century. The Museum Ludwig, operated by the City of Cologne, is a prime example of public art museums whose establishment and activities have been largely driven by the citizenry.  In this symposium, the museum’s director, Dr. Yilmaz Dziewior, will talk about the vibrant interactions between the museum and the public, and the successes achieved through that engagement, with the aim of considering the museums in Japan.

Presentation: Yilmaz Dziewior, Director, Museum Ludwig
Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Chair, Contemporary Art Committee Japan / Executive Advisor, The National Art Communication Center (tentative name) / Director, Mori Art Museum)

2. Translating Contemporary Japanese Art: Discourse, context, and history

Date: Thursday, July 7, 2022, 12:00 pm–1:30 pm (JST)
Format: Live streaming on Zoom Webinar
Registration: Free; advance booking required by July 6, 6pm (JST)   >> Book now
Language:Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation

Overview: The critique and study of contemporary art in Japan have been ongoing for many years, although its full extent remains difficult to see from overseas. We have invited overseas researchers involved in the study of modern and contemporary Japanese art to discuss how the critique and study of contemporary Japanese art has been perceived internationally, as well as about the kinds of research, critiques, and exhibitions being conducted overseas with respect to contemporary Japanese art. In the course of this discussion, we will continue to think about how best to advance the overseas dissemination of contemporary Japanese art in future.

Reiko Tomii (Art historian)
William Marotti (Associate Professor, The University of California, Los Angeles)
Kajiya Kenji (Translation Project Selection Committee, Contemporary Art Committee Japan / Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The University of Tokyo)
Nakajima Izumi (Translation Project Selection Committee / Associate Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Osaka University)
Odate Natsuko (Translation Project Selection Committee, Contemporary Art Committee Japan / Arts Commons Tokyo / Yoshiko Isshiki Office)
Yamamoto Hiroki (Translation Project Selection Committee / Lecturer, Department of Fine Art, Kanazawa College of Art)
Okubo Renna (Bureau of Art Platform Japan / Translator)

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What is Art Platform Japan?
Art Platform Japan promotes efforts for the sustainable development of the contemporary art scene in Japan, gathers a wide range of counsel from professionals in the field, and supports the international activities of Japanese artists and artists working in Japan. With Contemporary Art Committee Japan (CACJ) as the steering committee, the comprehensive program (1) produces translations of texts on contemporary Japanese art to encourage international research, (2) builds a cross-referenceable bilingual database of artworks held by museums across Japan, and (3) aims to establish an international, pan-generational network of curators and researchers through invitational workshops and open symposia.
Find more about Art Platform Japan here



Start: Jun 30th 2022 at 12:00am

End: Jul 7th 2022 at 11:59pm