Yuko Hasegawa

Chief curator at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

This is how Hasegawa described good curating in a 2015 survey on artnet.com: ‘It is like a knowledgeable shepherd who gives free rein to his/her animals while being fully aware of when and how to protect them from any danger.’ Among the flock that the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo watched over this year was Gabriel Orozco, who had a solo show to kick off the institution’s 20th anniversary. 

Hasegawa is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York; adviser to the Rockbund Art Museum, Shanghai; a judge on this year’s Hugo Boss Asia Art Prize and the inaugural Nasher Prize for Sculpture; and, with architect Kazuyo Sejima in 2010, cofounder of the Inujima Art House Project, a nonprofit space in the village of Inujima, Japan. Next year she is curating Globale: New Sensorium: Exiting from the Failures of Modernization at the ZKM/Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe. So, a lot of pastures to cover.