Power 100

Most influential people in 2023 in the contemporary artworld


Atsuko Ninagawa

Gallerist - Founder of Take Ninagawa, who launched Art Week Tokyo

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Photo: Katsuhiro Saiki

The founder of Take Ninagawa gallery spearheaded the launch of Art Week Tokyo in the midst of the pandemic. AWT completed its third edition in November, welcoming a freshly returned international art crowd attracted by the 50 galleries, institutions and artist-run spaces taking part. This year the programme introduced a ‘new curated sales platform’ called ‘AWT Focus’, a selling show of work by 64 artists at the Okura Museum of Art, led by director of the Shiga Museum of Art, Otsu, Kenjiro Hosaka; and video programme ‘AWT Video’, an exhibition of moving image organised by Chus Martínez and installed at the imposing, mirrored SMBC East Tower. Plus a specially designed art week bar. If this is a grab to become Asia’s art capital (amidst Hong Kong’s political problems and surging Seoul), then Ninagawa is well placed to make the move: her artists range from locals Ryoko Aoki and Taro Izumi to international names Thea Djordjadze, Danh Võ and Wang Bing. For AWT she showed two early filmworks by Derek Jarman alongside the late British polymath’s Black Paintings (1986–91).

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