Emmanuelle de Montgazon, curator of the Japanese Platform at ASIA NOW 2018, presents Sou Fujimoto's design of the exhibition space along with the galleries present on the Platform and explains her curatorial decisions.

In 2018 ASIA NOW turns its attention to the rising artists and emerging galleries of the Japanese art scene. A cutting-edge special projects program, curated by Emmanuelle de Montgazon and Isabelle Olivier, associate curator of “A Japanese Season” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2017-2018, will feature in situ installations, performances, videos, and exhibitions by young talents, complemented by a series of round-table discussions on Japanese art. 

The scenography of our new exhibition space dedicated to the Japanese Platform will be conceived by Sou Fujimoto Architects. The Platform will welcome ten Japanese galleries, representing young, up-and-coming Japanese artists.

It will include COHJU Contemporary Art (Kyoto), who will show the works of Mio Yamato and Yoshitaka Yazu, and Koji Shiraya, The Container (Tokyo), who will represent Joji Nakamura, Miya Kaneko, and Yu Araki,  MORI YU GALLERY (Kyoto, Tokyo), with Aki Kuroda, Manavu Muragishi, Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Kentaro Taki, and Masayuki Kawai, as well as S.O.C. Satoko Oe Contemporary (Tokyo) with Shinichiro Kano and Takuya Ikezaki, Talion Gallery (Tokyo) with Momoko Jennifer Iida and Eri Takayanagi and Tokyoïte (Paris, Tokyo) with Takeru Amano and Fantasista Utamaro.

The program will also include several foreign galleries presenting Japanese artists such as A2Z Art Gallery (Paris, Hong Kong) with Shiori Eda, Galerie DA-END (Paris) with Mitsuru Tateishi, Satoshi Saikusa, and Toshio Saeki, La Patinoire Royale-Galerie Valérie Bach (Brussels) with Yuken Teruya, Pierre-Yves Caër Gallery (Paris) with Aya Kawato and Makiko Kumano, and Vanguard Gallery (Shanghai) with Yuki Onodera.

This focus on Japan will take place as part of “Japonismes”, a series of cultural events in celebration of the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese relations.


“For the Japanese Platform of ASIA NOW 2018, I selected projects which would provide the keys to understanding the scene over the last twenty years, a scene which I saw evolve under renewed cultural, artistic, and political influences. I also wanted to establish a link between the current emerging scene, which has its own codes, and more historical and well-known periods, from the end of World War II to the year 2000."  - Emmanuelle de Montgazon

Emmanuelle de Montgazon is independent curator and specialist on the Japanese art scene. Among other important projects, she is currently Associate Curator of "A Japanese Season" at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. She is an advisor for the Odawara Art Foundation and  has led projects abroad for Hiroshi Sugimoto and Ryoji Ikeda, among others.