Yuko Hasegawa to Curate Seventh Moscow Biennale

Yuko Hasegawa, chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, has been named the curator for the Seventh Moscow Biennale, which will be held from September 15 to October 28 at the Manezh exhibition hall adjacent to the Kremlin, as well as at various locations around the city.

Titled “Transcendental Forest,” the biennial will focus on the concept of the forest as a metaphor for people seeking to plant roots in new places. Above the trees are the clouds, which represent the Internet, a space where people communicate. Hasegawa said, “It is between the forest and the cloud that new meanings and masterpieces are created."

Born in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, Hasegawa earned degrees from Kyoto University and the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. From 1993 to 1999, she worked as curator of the Art Museum Setegai in Tokyo. In 1999 she joined the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, as chief curator and later became artistic director. Hasegawa has served as chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo since 2006. She is also a professor at Tama Art University. Hasegawa curated the Seventh Istanbul Biennial in 2001 and the Eleventh Sharjah Biennale in 2013. She cocurated the Fifth Shanghai Biennale in 2002, the Fourth Seoul International Biennale of Media Art in 2006, and the Twenty-Ninth Biennale in Sāo Paulo in 2010, and served as artistic advisor of the Twelfth Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010. In 2003, she was commissioner of Japan’s pavilion for the Fiftieth Venice Biennale.

Hasegawa visited Moscow and Saint Petersburg for the first time while attending talks about the Moscow Biennale. During her stay, she visited the Hermitage Museum, where she viewed the Jan Fabre exhibition. She said, “The conjunction of classicism and modernity inspired me immensely. I know very little about Russian artists, I will now start to explore the local art scene to pick worthy pieces for the exhibition.”