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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 a handful of energetic commercial galleries — some of which have lead the likes of Takashi Murakami to worldwide acclaim. And yet the majority of artists working in Japan devote their time to a system of exhibitions that bring almost no chance of such fame.

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