Containers of the Present: Institutional Collections and the History of Japanese Contemporary Art

Following last year’s enthusiastic response from local participants and the international art world, Asia Art Archive will once again present ‘Backroom Conversations’ for ART HK 10 with a series of four exciting panel discussions and screenings.

This panel will address the roles that Japanese and international institutional collections play in developing the history of Japanese post-war and contemporary art. The panel will address their collection maintenance and development, despite severe budget cuts initiated in the post-bubble era of the 1990’s; their role as counterweights to market-driven value systems; and possible relevance to rapidly emerging art infrastructures elsewhere in East Asia.



Shinji Kohmoto, Chief Curator, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo
Yukie Kamiya, Chief Curator, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Barbara London, Associate Curator, Department of Media and Performance Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York
Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Moderated by Andrew Maerkle, critic & writer, Tokyo