While the 2017 ASIA NOW explored emerging creativity in South Korea, this year the fair turns to the many facets of the Japanese scene, with a special program curated by Emmanuelle de Montgazon, associate curator of “A Japanese Season” at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2017-2018.

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.

ASIA NOW expands this year with a new 150 m2 exhibition space dedicated to the Japanese Platform. The scenography of this space will be conceived by the famous Sou Fujimoto Architects. It will welcome ten renowned galleries, including established galleries such Misa Shin Gallery (Tokyo) and young, emerging galleries.

Special Projects will include new in situ installations, videos, performances, a Design Project in partnership with Christie’s, and special exhibitions with world-renowned institutions.

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.

 Serpentine Gallery PavilIon, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2013

Serpentine Gallery PavilIon, Sou Fujimoto Architects, 2013