Mori Art Museum
Feb. 9, 5-9 p.m.

If you’ve ever had a question or a quibble about how a major exhibition was presented, the Mori Art Museum is giving you a chance to finally get into the minds of the curators.

Backed by the cash of the powerful Mori family, the museum has assembled one of the most impressive advisory committees that any institute could imagine having. With its members comprised of the directors of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, Paris’ Pompidou Centre, London’s Tate Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts, Germany’s Art and Exhibition Hall and National Museums of Berlin, Japan’s Ohara Museum, former director David Elliot, now of the Istanbul Modern, and current director Fumio Nanjo, the Mori must be getting great advice.

On Feb. 9 the museum is gathering together these consummate art industry insiders for the first time in Japan to discuss the future of major museums. As the contemporary art market goes global and auctions of modern and classic works hit all time highs, these institutes are trying to figure out how to adjust to the changing playing field. Friday next week, the public can hear their discussions about the current situation here and abroad and ask questions at an open symposium in Tower Hall at Roppongi Academy Hills on the 49th floor. Bookings for the event (3,000 yen entry fee) can be made via the museum’s Web site (www.mori.art.museum), by e-mail (ppevent@mori.art.museum) or fax ([03] 6406-9351).

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