International Visitor Programme : September 2013

Fram Kitagawa


Photo: Yuichi Noguchi

Fram Kitagawa is a curator, professor and writer based in Toyko, Japan. He is the General Director for Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial, General Director for Setouchi Triennale 2013 and Acting Director, Chichu Art Museum, Naoshima. Kitagawa is a professor at the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Tokyo. Since his graduation from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music he has organised numerous exhibitions and events on grass-roots level, introducing Japan to works of art previously rarely exhibited inside the country. This included, among others, the 'Antonio Gaudí' exhibition that took place in eleven different cities from 1978-1979. Since 1996 he has acted as the general coordinator for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Necklace Project and as general coordinator for the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, for which he received the Minister of General Affairs' Prize in 2000, and the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology’s Art Encouragement Prize in 2006. He is also the recipient of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France, the Order of Culture from Poland and the Order of Australia: Honorary Member (AM) in the General Division, among other awards. Kitagawa has initiated numerous art projects related to urban, architectural and regional community development.