Yuko Hasegawa

Yuko Hasegawa

Advisor, Art and Design

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Yuko Hasegawa is a curator, educator and writer based out of Tokyo. She currently holds positions as Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts, Visiting Professor of Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, and Artistic Director of the Inujima Art House Project. She was also Visiting Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in 2023, and the Artistic Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo until 2021 where she curated solo exhibitions of Dumb Type, Olafur Eliasson and rhizomatiks among others.

She has curated Japanese contemporary art and media and technology extensively both domestically and internationally. Her curatorial language is interdisciplinary, encompassing not simply art but also architecture, design, science and anthropology, and combined with global curating experience, allows her to view art as part of a single, holistic ecology.

Hasegawa has also curated, either solo or in a joint capacity, international art biennials including the 7th International Istanbul Biennial (2001), the Shanghai Biennale (2002), the 29th São Paulo Biennial (2010), the Sharjah Biennial 11 (2013), and the 7th Moscow Biennale (2017), Thailand Biennale, Korat (2021) and also served as art advisor to the 12th Venice Architecture Biennale (2010).

In parallel with her curating roles, as a professor of curatorial and art theory at the Tama Art University, Tokyo since 2005 until 2016, and professor of Curatorial Studies at the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Global Arts since 2015 until 2023, Yuko Hasegawa taught students of multiple nationalities, while continuing to construct curatorial theories and contribute to the development of contemporary art discourse from non-western-centric points of view.

Hasegawa has been honored with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2015), the Ordem de Rio Branco, Brazil (2017), and Japan Commissioner for Cultural Affairs Award, the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan (2020).

[Concurrent Positions]
Director of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of the Arts
Visiting Professor of Research Institute for Humanity and Nature


Aesthetics and Art Theory / Studies of Culture and Representation / Art History / Curation / Architecture and Ecology / International Collaboration


Yuko Hasegawa has also written, co-authored and contributed to numerous books, papers and catalogues. Among her most recent publications is New Ecology and Art: Anthropocene as dithering time.


International House of Japan

Asia Pacific Initiative