Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum announced yesterday that Mami Kataoka, the museum’s chief curator and deputy director, will be the institution’s next director. Fumio Nanjo, who has helmed the institution since 2006, will serve as special advisor to the museum upon his retirement at the end of this year.
Since 2003, Kataoka has been the chief curator at the Mori, where she has staged exhibitions with artists including Lee Bul, Ai Weiwei, Aida Makoto, NS Harsha, and Chiharu Shiota. She was previously the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery’s chief curator, and served as co-artistic director of the Gwangju Biennale (2012) and artistic director of the Biennale of Sydney (2018).
“I would like to see the Mori Art Museum function as a focal point for thinking together about a better future, deepening our understanding of the structure of the world in which we live and paying respect to different historical, social and cultural backgrounds, through contemporary artists whose activities span the globe,” Kataoka said.
Nanjo said: “Kataoka, as one of the few female museum directors in Japan and the country’s most internationally-active curators, is superbly equipped to guide the Mori Art Museum in the next phase of its development.”