Yuko Hasegawa

Artistic director at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

The artistic director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) had little time to work on her Moscow Biennale: Hasegawa was appointed in January and delivered her exhibition of 155 works in September. That didn’t stop her assembling an ambitious, 52-strong artist list for Clouds Forests, including Olafur Eliasson, Forensic Architecture and Pierre Huyghe, together with the singer Björk. The day job proved no distraction, however: the MOT has been closed for renovations since May 2016 and isn’t scheduled to reopen until next year. On the heels of the biennial comes Japanorama, an ambitious survey of Japanese art from 1970 to the present at the Pompidou Metz. Plus Hasegawa judged both the Hugo Boss Asia Art Award and the MAXXI Bulgari Prize. Meanwhile the Inujima Art House Project, a series of pavilions Hasegawa cofounded and directs on Naoshima, each with a permanent installation by artists including Tatsuo Miyajima and James Turrell, continues to receive pilgrims.