Yukie Kamiya

Gallery Director, Japan Society

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Yukie Kamiya

Yukie Kamiya joined the Japan Society as Director, Japan Society Gallery in November 2015. She is responsible for programming exhibitions and various visual art projects exploring Japanese art in a global context. 

Previously Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima MoCA from 2007 to 2015. She began her curatorial career in the United States at the New Museum, New York, serving as Adjunct and Associate Curator from 2003 to 2006. She has curated numerous exhibitions internationally, focused on art in Japan as well as widely in Asia including Cai Guo Qiang, Yoko Ono, Jiro Takamatsu and Do Ho Suh. She also served as guest curator for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation and Goethe Institute and curated group exhibitions Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (2015-2016), Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (2013), Under Construction: New Dimension of Asian Art (2002-2003), which toured to East Asian cities; Beijing, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo. Her writings have appeared in periodicals such as Art Asia Pacific, BT (Bijutsu Techo) and Asahi Newspaper, also in publications including Ravaged: Art and Culture in Times of Conflict (Mercatorfounds, 2014), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013), Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010) and Taipei Biennial (Taipei Fine Art Museum, 2006). Kamiya has served on selection committees including for Cultural Affairs of the Japanese and Tokyo metropolitan governments, DAAD, Hermes Korea and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé International Program. Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curation of Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima) in 2011. Kamiya studied art history at Waseda University, Tokyo and completed the Curatorial Program at De Appel Art Center, Amsterdam.