Leading multi use developments of the recent past almost always include museums in their plans as a means to heighten the value and ambience of developments. Struggling shopping destinations have used art themes to revitalize their position in the market and heighten their popularity. Art, the presentation of art and the maintenance of art are all integral to the value of the city. As architects and developers seek to formulate successful developments and destinations in the so-called new normal, art in many forms and presentations continues to be a constant increating a successful destination. Mori Art Museum Mami Kataoka and Architect Sou Fujimoto today discuss the essence of successful integration of art into the city and what it takes to make art relevant over the life of the development and city.
Kataoka was Chief Curator at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (1997-2002) prior to the Mori Art Museum (2003-) where she holds the current position since 2020. Kataoka was also International Curator at the Hayward Gallery, London (2007-2009); Artistic Director of the 21st Biennale of Sydney (2018) and recently appointed as Artistic Director of the Aichi Triennale 2022. She serves as President of CIMAM [International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art] 2020-2022 and member of AICA [International Association of Art Critics]. Visiting Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts Graduate School; Visiting Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts’ Faculty of Fine Arts, Graduate School of Fine Arts. Kataoka frequently writes, lectures, and juries on contemporary art from Japan, Asia and beyond.
Sou Fujimoto established Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000. Fujimoto boasts a rich career designing buildings and housing throughout Japan and Europe. Recently he has been appointed one of the producers of the Expo to be held in Osaka. Born on the Island of Hokkaido in 1971, Fujimoto has a deep love of nature and the inspiration he derives from this is often found in his work. Among his projects is the Musashino Art University Museum and Library in Tokyo. Fujimoto has received a plethora of awards including the Japanese Institute of Architecture Grand Prize in 2008 and the World Architectural Festival – Private House Category Winner in 2008. Fujimoto is a graduate of the University of Tokyo (1994) with a degree in Architecture.