| Jun 26, 2008

Few grab the reins that government set free

by Edan Corkill

Rarely has a law with such potentially far-reaching consequences been greeted with such indifference and, apparently, had so little effect. A 2003 amendment to the Local Autonomy Law, which delineates local governments’ authority, gave them the right to outsource the administration of their sports ...

| May 29, 2008

Permanent collection not pulling crowds

by Edan Corkill

As seen in last month’s “Inside Art,” international rankings of art exhibition attendances present the achievements of Japanese museums in the best possible light. Look at annual attendance figures, however, and the picture is very different. Consider the case of Tokyo National Museum in ...

| Mar 20, 2008

Curating shows in a foreign language

by Edan Corkill

“It was like being put in a boxing ring and bashed from all sides,” says curator Mami Kataoka with a burst of laughter. She’s recollecting her treatment by the British media, after her latest exhibition, “Laughing in a Foreign Language,” opened at London’s Hayward ...

A corporate collection . . . for whom?

| Feb 28, 2008

A corporate collection . . . for whom?

by Edan Corkill

At a symposium early this month in Tokyo, Jean-Christophe Ammann, a former director of the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt and an adviser to financial service provider UBS on their art collection, said, “It is important to know that the works of a ...

| Jan 24, 2008

The parallel world of art associations

by Edan Corkill

What are the most famous exhibitions of contemporary art in the world? The Venice Biennale? Art Basel Miami Beach? Japan’s art is well represented in each: by artists selected by curators (chosen by the Japan Foundation) in the former; and in the latter by ...