Yuko Hasegawa

Artistic director at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) may have been closed for renovations this year, but its artistic director’s activities most certainly were not. At the end of last year she opened Japanorama at the Pompidou Metz, exploring the country’s artistic production from the postwar era to the present and centred around her favoured theme: the posthuman body. That was followed by a retrospective exhibition of iconic 1980s avantgardists Dumb Type at the same institution. And Hasegawa continued to make France a mini-Japan in July, with Fukami, a show exploring Japanese aesthetics via traditional and contemporary works of art at Paris’s Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. ‘You could call my perspective post avantgarde to the extent that I highlight artists who developed their practices at a distance from Western influence,’ Hasegawa told Numéro magazine at the time. That’s not to say that she’s avoiding Western influences, however, as a solo exhibition of work by Francis Alÿs, curated at Shanghai’s Rockbund Art Museum in November, will surely prove.