Tokyo Contemporary Art Award



2024-2026 2022-2024 2021-2023 2020-2022 2019-2021

Sofía Hernández Chong CUY
(Director, Kunstinstituut Melly)

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy has been director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam formerly known as Witte de With since 2018. She was previously the curator of contemporary art at Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, which has headquarters in Caracas and New York (2011-2017).
Cuy was director of Museo Tamayo in Mexico City and held curatorial positions in New York at Art in General and Americas Society. She has guest-curated exhibitions for The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York, KADIST Art Foundation in Paris, MALBA in Buenos Aires, and the Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania and among other places. In 2013, she was artistic director and chief curator of the “9th Bienal do Mercosul,” and she was an agent of “Documenta(13),” 2012 in Kassel.

Photo courtesy: CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), Hong Kong

(Executive Director and Chief Curator, CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile))

Takahashi Mizuki was a member of the Mori Art Museum founding staff and curator at the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito. Moved to Hong Kong in April 2016 for the opening of CHAT. Has held her current position since the end of March, 2017.
Major projects, in Japan and abroad, include at the Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, “8 Days : Beuys in Japan,” 2009, “Manga Realities: Exploring the Art of Japanese Comics Today,” 2010 (Exhibition design by Hideki Toyoshima), “Quiet Attentions: Departure from Women,” 2011, “Tadasu Takamine’s COOL JAPAN,” 2012, “You reach out – right now – for something : Questioning the Concept of Fashion,” 2014, at CHAT (Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textile), “(In)tangible Reminiscence,” 2018, “Unfolding: Fabric of Our Life,” 2019.

Carol Yinghua LU
(Director, Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum)

Carol Yinghua Lu is the director of Beijing Inside-Out Art Museum and a doctoral student in art history at Melbourne University. She is an art critic and the contributing editor of Frieze Magazine. Lu was on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the “54th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia,” 2011 and a jury member of the Philippine Pavilion at the “16th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia,” 2018. And she is on the jury for “HUGO BOSS ASIA ART” and “Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative”.
She was the co-artistic director of the “Gwangju Biennale 2012” and co-curator of the “7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale” in 2012. She had been the artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen (2012-2015). She is the first visiting fellow in the Asia-Pacific Fellowship Program at the Tate Research Centre in 2013, and she was among the first recipients of the ARIAH (Association of Research Institute in Art History) East Asia Fellowship in 2017. In collaboration with Liu Ding, she is in the process of researching into the legacy of socialist realism in the practices and discourses of contemporary art in China, entitled “From the Issue of Art to the Issue of Position: Echoes of Socialist Realism.”

photo: ITAMI Go

(Senior Curator, Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery)

Nomura Shino has been senior curator of Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery since 2004.
Major projects at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, “Conversation with Art, on Art,” 2006, “Toyo Ito | The New ‘Real’ in Architecture,” 2006, “Element | Cecil Balmond,” 2010, “Hiraki Sawa | Under the Box, Beyond the Bounds,” 2014, “Zaha Hadid,” 2014, “Simon Fujiwara | White Day,” 2016, “Rhythm in Monochrome, Korean Abstract Painting,” 2017, “Camille Henrot | Stepping on a Serpent,” 2019. Nomura also curates collection exhibitions and a solo exhibition series “project N” focusing on emerging artists. She is committee of Obayashi Foundation “Vision of the City - Obayashi Foundation Program,” “AIDA Makoto: Ground No Plan,” 2017, “Theaster Gates,” 2019 and co-curator of “11 Stories on Distanced Relationships: Contemporary Art from Japan,” 2021 organized by Japan Foundation.

Photo: OYAMADA Kuniya

(Director, Towada Art Center)

Washida Meruro was a curator at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa from 1999 to 2018. He was the curator of the Japan Pavilion at the “57th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia,” held in 2017, and was a curator of the “Aichi Triennale 2019.”
Major projects at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, include “KAZUYO SEJIMA + RYUE NISHIZAWA / SANAA,” 2005, “Kanazawa Art Platform 2008,” “Jeppe Hein 360,” 2011, “SHIMABUKU:NOTO,” 2013, “Architecture since 3.11,” (Guest Curators: IGARASHI Taro/YAMAZAKI Ryo) 2014, “In Our Time: Art in Post-industrial Japan,” 2015, “Starting Points: Japanese Art of the ‘80s,” 2018, at the Towada Art Center, “Inter+Play,” 2020-22.

(Program Director, Tokyo Arts and Space)

Kondo Yuki served as the chief curator of the Aomori Contemporary Art Centre (2001-2017) before taking her current position at Tokyo Arts and Space. As its Program Director, she is responsible for overall planning and operations, including exhibitions, residencies, and other projects. She has planned and implemented solo exhibitions of domestic artists and group exhibitions of domestic and international artists through the artist-in-residence program, as well as exhibitions and community programs utilizing cultural resources by artists.