Our Curator’s Picks provide an excellent introduction to the fair and a selection of fascinating highlights.

Due to a limited number of places, registration is necessary for all the VIP events of our programme.

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Emmanuelle de Montgazon

Emmanuelle de Montgazon is an independent curator and specialist on the Japanese art scene. Among other important projects, she was Associate Curator of «Aichi Triennale 2010- Nagoya» and «A Japanese Season 2017-2018» 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.

Wednesday 17 October at 3pm-4pm

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Anne Alene

Anne Alene is an independent scholar of art history, curating trips to Japan and around the world on behalf of leading art museums and their directors, curators, development teams, boards of trustees and benefactors. Anne did undergraduate studies in Asian Studies and Japanese, and was awarded numerous scholarships including one-year tuition to study at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. With a desire to serve as a bridge between cultures, Anne began leading cultural immersion programs to Japan in 1997, and then soon discovered the joy of connecting museum institutions with the best access and experiences of Japan’s art world and culture.

Thursday 18 October at 11am-12pm

Sunday 21 October at 11:30am-12:30pm

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Isabelle Oliver

Isabelle Olivier is an independent producer and curator, active in the fields of cinema, visual arts and performing arts in Tokyo since 2006 and Kyoto since 2012. A former Regional Cultural attachée at French Embassy in Kansai, she developed the Tokyo Edition of Hors Pistes with Centre Pompidou in 2011 and led four editions of Nuit blanche Kyoto together with Kyoto City (2013-2016). Among others projects, she currently advises Kyotographie International photography festival and develops projects for Heart & Crafts in Asia.  

Thursday 18 October at 4pm-5pm


Clélia Zernik

Clélia has taught at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris since 2011 (Department of Theoretical Education / Philosophy of Art). Her early research focused on the relationship between art and science, as elaborated by art psychologists and phenomenologists. Today, her research is oriented towards contemporary Japanese aesthetics and its hybrid objects, such as design, advertising, architecture, and perceptive spaces. She successively obtained scholarships from the CNRS and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2014 and in 2016 to conduct research on young Japanese artists and their approach to the Fukushima disaster. As part of her interest in Japan, she is in charge of the partnership with the Tokyo University of Fine Arts, which is supported by the Carmignac Foundation and Lupicia teas. She also runs a graduate seminar on the Grand tour of artists and theoreticians in Asia (seminar co-directed by Antoine de Baecque and open to students in the PSL, ENS, La Fémis and Beaux-Arts schools).

Thursday 18 October at 12pm-1pm


Jeremie Thircuir

Jeremie Thircuir is a curator, advisor, and publisher based in Beijing and immersed in the Chinese contemporary art world for over 12 years. Jeremie has curated a large amount of solo and group exhibitions for museums and galleries with coherence and accessibility as main principles. As Publisher through his own publishing house, he has published books by today’s leading contemporary artists such as Nobuyoshi Araki, Liu Xiaodong, Xu Bing, and Liu Bolin...etc.  In his capacity as an art advisor, he has worked with both corporate and private clients, in both sourcing/ commissioning artworks and setting up an academic structure to exhibitions and collections. 

Thursday 18 October at 2pm-3pm


Liyu Yeo

Based in Paris, Liyu Yeo works as an independent curator and consultant. Since 2016, Yeo has been a consultant for Xavier Hufkens, Brussels during Art Basel, Hong Kong. Yeo has been invited and participated in talks at le Collège de Bernardins, l’Ecole Normale Supérieure, Sciences Po, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris. In 2015, he was a consultant for the launch of the new Australian pavilion in the Venice Biennale and curated a public art project in the Paris Metro to showcase Chinese contemporary art. Yeo was a consultant for an artistic project between the foundation of the SNCF Forum Vies Mobiles and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.  Prior to locating in Paris, Yeo was gallery manager at the contemporary Chinese art gallery Red Gate in Beijing, China and managed the Eva Breuer gallery in Sydney, specializing in contemporary Australian art.

Friday 19 October at 3pm-4pm

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Ami Barak

Ami Barak is an independent curator and art critic who lives and works in Paris. He has launched numerous exhibitions and projects, including Taryn Simon: Rear Views, A Star-Forming Nebula, and the Office of Foreign Propaganda,
 Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2015); Julião Sarmento: la chose, même – the real thing, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Paris, 2016); and Peter Kogler: Next, ING Art Center (Brussels, 2016). Artistic director of the Salon de Montrouge (2016 and 2017), he is also the co-curator of Life – A User’s Manual, Art Encounters, Contemporary Art Biennale (Timisoara, 2017).

Saturday 20 October at 11am-12pm