UCCA Beijing

Japanese Contemporary Art


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  Japanese language with Chinese translation

For Art Week Beijing, UCCA collaborates with the Japan Foundation, Beijing, to invite Japanese curators Kunieda Katsura, Itagaki Mika, and Yoshizaki Kazuhiko, to have a conversation in UCCA’s Auditorium about Japanese Contemporary art. For the past three years, the Japan Foundation has been hosting events that allow Chinese and Japanese curators to engage in dialogue and exchange; through the pursuit of art that resonates across cultures, people of every nationality connect with one another. Despite China and Japan’s thriving art scenes, contact between the two remains scarce. The speakers will give audience members a multi-faceted understanding of the structures, institutions, trends, and curatorial precepts within the Japanese art world, in hopes of deepening the exchange between, and creating more possibilities for, these two countries.

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*This event is free. Because seating is limited, visitors must reserve spots in advance.

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Event Schedule

19:00-20:00 Curators speak individually (20 mins/per curator)

20:00-20:30 Discussion

20:30-21:00 Q&A


Kunieda Katsura

Kuneida Katsura (b. 1978, Toyo) is the curator of Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art. She holds an MA in contemporary art theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London. After working at Mori Art Museum, she joined Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art (MIMOCA) as a curator. She has curated exhibitions such as “Martino Gamper: 100 Chairs in 100 Days” (2015), “Teppei Kaneuji’s ‘Zones’” (2016), and “Lieko Shiga: Blind Date” (2017). She also curated the “PLAY” (2015–2017) performance showcase series with Yuya Tsukahara.

Itagaki Mika

Itagaki Mika (b. Tokyo, 1988) graduated with a BFA in Environmental Design from Tama Art University in 2011. She has worked as the the curator of Shiseido Gallery; assistant curator of the Cultural City of East Asia; assistant curator of Kanagawa Prefectural Gallery; coordinator in of the International Arts Festival Section for Aichi Prefecture; and assistant curator of Open Theater 2015. Events and exhibitions she has coordinated or curated include “Asia Corridor, Contemporary Art Exhibition”; “Aichi Triennale 2016”; “KAAT Open Theater”; and “Roppongi Art Night 2015.”

Yoshizaki Kazuhiko

Yoshizaki Kazuhiko (b. 1980, Kagoshima, Japan, lives in Yamaguchi) curator at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, Japan. Yoshizaki obtained his MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College, University of London. He worked as a curator for Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from 2009 to 2017. His curatorial projects include “Loose Lips Save Ship” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2016), “Francis Alÿs” (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, 2013), and “Reperformed Stereotypes” (Indonesia Contemporary Art Network, 2017).


Japan Foundation, Beijing

The Japan Foundation is a special Japanese institution with global reach, dedicated to international cultural exchange. The Foundation’s Beijing office was established in 1994. Dedicated to promoting the understanding between China and Japan, it has organized events that fall under the main categories of art exchange, Japanese language education, and Japanese studies in various parts of China.

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