ART OLYMPIA 2017, co-sponsored by the Ningenkokuho 'National Living Treasures' Museum
Art Olympia is a public exhibition held as a biennale with the goal of discovering artists with talent from around the world and supporting their work. Judging will be conducted by domestic and overseas judges using a fair "points system." Also, the aim is to facilitate international cultural exchange through art. —Art Olympia Executive Committee
In 2017, 1717 artworks from 1037 artists from 81 countries over the world; 100 selected for final.
ART OLYMPIA 2017 Judges
Born in Kyoto in 1947. Graduated from Waseda University, department of literature. He is presently President of Tama Art University, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, and chairperson of the Japanese Council of Art Museums. Previously he worked at editorial department of Shincho Art, served as Director of The National Museum of Art, taught as a professor at Tama Art University. Tatehata specialized in modern and contemporary art and also served as the Japanese Pavilion Commissioner at La Biennnale de Venezia in 1990 and 1993, Artistic Director for Yokohama Triennale 2001, and Aichi Triennale 2010. As a poet, he received awards from several of his publications including: the Reiteki New Poet Award with “Yohaku no Ranna (Runner in the margins)” Shinchosha Publishing, Takami Jun Award with “Reido no inu (The dog of zero degrees)” Shoshiyamada Publishing, and Hagiwara Sakutaro Award with “Shigo no ressun (Lesson of Dead Language)” Shichosha Publishing.
Painter. Hiroshi Senju’s representative work “Waterfall” received Honarable Mention at the International Art Exhibition, La Biennale de Venezia, in 1995. He was commended by Foreign Minister of Japan for his outstanding achievement in worldwide reputation with his waterfall and cliff images in 2016. From 2007 to March 2013, he served as President of Kyoto University of Art and Design and currently teaches there as a professor. He also serves as Director of Koyodo Museum of Art which is affiliated with the Kyoto University of Art and Design; President of the joint education system Geijutsu Gakusha (Institute of Art) between Kyoto University of Art and Design and Tohoku University of Art and Design; masters committee member of L’ÉCOLE of Van Cleef & Arpels.
Tokyo born, and Tokyo and Paris based art critic and curator. After teaching at Musashino Art University for 12 years, Okabe holds current position as Artistic Director of exhibition department of Japanese Culture House of Paris, as well as an adviser of Shiseido Gallery. She graduated from International Christian University with a bachelor’s degree, and from Paris-Sorbonne University with a master’s degree. She completed 3rd course at Ecole de Louvre. As a curator, she co-curated “Japon Des Avant Grades 1910-1970” at Pompidou Centre in Paris, curated "Art Project in Miyagi” after the Great East Japan Earthquake, and recently Japan Media Art exhibition in Paris. Okabe’s publishing includes; "Art Field French contemporary art”, Ato to josei to eizo (Art, women, and images), co-written and co-edited Ato ga shiritai (Want to know about Art), and her video direction work “Atsuko Tanaka; mou hitotsu no gutai (another Gutai)”.
Vice President of Tokyo University of Arts.Hoshina is studying at Tokyo University of Arts to compelete his docotoral program in art. In 2002 and 2003, He visits the United States as a Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology research worker abroad, in order to inquire about the new possibility of the environmental art installation of the United States and Europe. He organized the first Setouchi Triennale “Story of the Island Art Project” in Shodoshima in Kagawa prefecture in 2010. As an artist, his works were exhibited at “Paris Biennale” at Paris Citizen Museum of Art in 1982, 2nd Echigo-Tsumari Triennale in 2003, International Media Art Biennale” Beijing, China in 2008, Ichihara Biennale “3D Landscape painting project” in 2014, and many other exhibitions. He was an invited artist for Ueno Royal Museum grand prize.
Painter. Professor of Musashino Art University.Born in Tokyo in 1947. Graduated from Musashino Art University Junior College. Paticipated Japanese Ministry of Education Research Program in India between 1986-1987.She received many awards including Takeshi Hayashi Prize at Showa-kai Exhibition in 1978, Awarded Yasui Award prize at The 29th Yasui Award Exhibition in 1986, The 2006 Minister of Education's Art Encouragement Prize in 2007, Medal of Honour, Medal with Purple Ribbon (Shiju Hosho) in 2014. Her work is in the collections of Cultural Affairs Agency of Japan, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, the Museum of Modern Art, Toyama, Yokohama Museum of Art and many others.
Brett Littman has been the Executive Director of The Drawing Center since 2007. Previously he was the Deputy Director of MoMA PS1, Co-Director of Dieu Donné papermill and Associate Director of UrbanGlass. He has contributed news and commentary to a wide range of international publications and critical essays to many exhibition catalogues. As a curator, Littman has organized exhibitions for The Drawing Center and other non-profits and galleries worldwide.
Kara Vander Weg
Kara Vander Weg is a Director at Gagosian Gallery New York, where she has worked for more than eight years. Her primary focus is the management of established artists and their estates, including The Richard Avedon Foundation, the Estate of John Chamberlain, the Estate of Walter De Maria, Michael Heizer, Neil Jenney, and Mark Tansey. She has organized more than a dozen exhibitions and affiliated books for the gallery. She was a Director at the James Cohan Gallery in New York, and she worked in the curatorial department of the Solmon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, from 1998 until 2003. She has written on art for publications such as Art on Paper, Contemporary, Gentleman’s Quarterly Magazine, and Glass Quarterly. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.
Chu is a painter who lives in Taipei, Taiwan. He is the founder and director of the Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts as well as the professor of the Department of Fine Arts, Taipei National University of the Arts. He graduated from L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure Des Beaux-Arts De Paris, and L'Ecole Nationale Supérieure Des Arts-Decoratifs De Paris in France. Chu is the advisor for visual arts section of the Ministry of Culture and the National Culture and Arts Foundation. He has been involved with many public arts projects and the establishment of the Art Bank in Taiwan. He is also the committee member of the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and Taipei
Fine Arts Museum.
Florence Derieux is Curator of American Art of the Centre Pompidou Foundation and Curator-at-Large of the Centre Pompidou. She formerly was Director of the FRAC Champagne-Ardenne (2008-2016); Curator of Art Basel Parcours (2013-2015); Associate Curator of Le Magasin-Centre National d’Art contemporain in Grenoble (2007); Curator for Contemporary Art of the Museum of Fine Arts in L ausanne (2005-2006); Deputy Director of the Picasso Museum in Antibes (2002-2004); Curator at Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2000-2002). She is a member of Etant donnés, the French-American Fund for Contemporary Art since 2012. Her most recent publications include “Tom Burr. Anthology: Writings 1991-2015” (Sternberg Press, 2015) and “Agnes Denes: Work 1969-2013” (Mousse Publishing, 2016).
Simon Njami (born in 1962 in Lausanne) is a writer and an independent curator, lecturer, art critic and essayist.Njami is the co-founder of Revue Noire, a journal of contemporary African and extra-occidental art, and he was Visiting Professor at UCSD (University of San Diego California).After conceiving the Ethnicolor Festival in Paris in 1987, he curated many international exhibitions being among the first ones to think and show African contemporary artists work on international stages. Njami is the curator of “Africa Remix”, showed in Düsseldorf, London, Paris, Tokyo, Stockholm and Johannesburg, from 2004 to 2007. He co-curated the first African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. He is the Artistic Director of the 12th Dakar Biennale (May 2016).
website: Art Olympia and co-sponsor Ningenkokuho 'National Living Treasures' Museum
results: live broadcast of judging from Tokyo, Japan
review: Bruce Heylander, "Art Olympia 2017," The Huffington Post