TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUMS & Tokyo University of the Arts Tobira Project

Team

Sawako INANIWA

Sawako INANIWA

Curator / Chief of Learning and Public Projects
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Inaniwa acquired her M.A. in Art History at Aoyama Gakuin University, and a second M.A. in Museum Studies at the University College London. She further involved herself in organizing exhibitions and programs in collaboration with local communities and schools through her position at The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura and Hayama. In 2011, she started working at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum as Chief of Learning and Public Projects and curator. She is co-author to “New Museum Practice in Asia” edited by Caroline Lang and John Reeve (2018,Lund Humphries Pub Ltd).

Kazumi KUMAGAI

Kazumi KUMAGAI

Assistant Curator,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

After ten years of work in the private sector, Kumagai went on to acquire her curatorial qualifications, and joined the team in 2013. Within Education and Public Programs, she coordinates art appreciation classes with schools through “iUeno School Programs”, which aim to enrich children’s first visits to museums.

Yumi KONO

Yumi KONO

Assistant Curator,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

After experiences in the section of the organizing Public-Entry exhibitions, Kono became a member of the Education and Public Programs team in 2013. Within the Tobira Project, she primarily works on the Course on Architecture and on the Course on Art Appreciation.

Hayato FUJIOKA

Hayato FUJIOKA

Assistant Curator,
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

Fujioka completed MA Culture, Criticism and Curation from Central Saint Martins in 2016. He worked as a Project Assistant Professor at MFA Global Art Practice at Tokyo University of the Arts from 2018 to 2020 while undertaking a wide range of cultural projects as a researcher, curator and filmmaker. His curated projects include On the Verge of Fiction (Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts Taipei, 2019). In 2021, he became an assistant curator at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.

Yumi KONO

Ikuno Ishimaru

Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno

Ishimaru graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Art Studies. She worked at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and The Hiratsuka Museum of Art. She became the program officer of Museum Start i-Ueno in 2021.

Tatsuya ITO

Tatsuya ITO

Project Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts / Manager, Tobira Project and Museum Start
i-Ueno

He earned his doctoral degree at Tokyo University of the Arts, majoring in fine art education. He has been involved in the planning of diverse cultural programs, and has directed social art projects. Co-authored works include TOKYO 1/4 ga Teian suru Tokyo Bunka Shigenku no Arukikata (“A Walking Guide to the Tokyo Cultural Heritage District – As Proposed by TOKYO 1/4”; pub. Bensei Publishing) and Myujiamu ga Shakai wo Kaeru (“Museums Changing Society: Creating New Communities Through Culture”; pub. Gendaikikakushitsu Publishers).

Yusuke KOMUTA

Yusuke KOMUTA

Assistant Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts / Substitute Manager, Tobira Project and Museum Start
i-Ueno

Komuta received MA from the Department of Intermedia Art at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009. His art practice mainly explores the medium of painting. He worked as a Research Associate at Tokyo University of the Arts, and subsequently as a program officer at Implementation Committee for New Concept "Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture” from 2018 to 2020. He became an Assistant Professor at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2021, working as the Substitute Manager of Tobira Project and Museum Start i-Ueno.

Sakura KOSHIKAWA

Sakura KOSHIKAWA

Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Koshikawa graduated from the Musashino Art University, Department of Oil Painting. Participated in the Tobira Project from 2012 as the first “Tobira”. After working as a school comprehensive supporter at the Setagaya Ward Board of Education and coordinator of the NPO Art Resource Development Organization (ARDA), she joined the Tobira Project Coordinator. Director of the Appreciate Approach.

Nikki YAMAZAKI

Nikki YAMAZAKI

Coordinator, Tobira Project,Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Yamazaki received an MA from the Department of Architecture at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2011. She worked at the architectural design office, Research Associate at Tokyo University of the Arts, and the program officer of Museum Start i-Ueno. She became a Research Associate at Tokyo University of the Arts in 2020, working as the Coordinator of Tobira Project.

Chikako SUZUKI

Chikako SUZUKI

Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno, Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Suzuki joined the team in 2015 after working at The Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa and Hayama. As a university student, she enjoyed volunteer work that allowed her to share with others the pleasure of making things with one’s own hands through the art of printmaking. She works to ensure that the museum is “a place where everyone feels comfortable and secure.”

Ikuko KANAMORI

Ikuko KANAMORI

Program Officer, Museum Start i-Ueno, Project Research Associate,
Tokyo University of the Arts

Kanamori completed the Master's Program in Design (Crafts / Dyeing and Weaving), Graduate School of Art and Design, Musashino Art University.
She worked at the Kiyoshi Saito Museum of Art in Yanaizu Town to revitalize the neighborhood as a member of community-reactivating cooperator squad in Fukushima Prefecture. She became the program officer of Museum Start i-Ueno in 2020.

Project Director

Katsuhiko HIBINO

Katsuhiko HIBINO

Professor, Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts / Director, the Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu

Beyond the works of art that he creates on his own, Hibino conducts workshops designed to produce art in collaboration with others, often incorporating unique characteristics of the local in which the work is generated. While focusing on the receptiveness of the recipient, he creates pieces that explore the function of art within society. Currently, he has a number of works in progress across Japan.

Project Adviser

Yoshiaki NISHIMURA

Yoshiaki NISHIMURA

Planning director/Representative director of Living World

Nishimura’s work falls within three categories: creating, writing, and teaching. Thanks to his prior work in the field of architecture, he has planned and directed various design projects, such as building websites, creating museum installations, and installing media in public spaces. His books include Jibun no Shigoto wo Tsukuru [Making Your Own Job] (Shobun-sha), and Kakawari-kata no Manabi-kata [How to Learn How to Connect] (Chikumashobo Ltd).

Tsukasa MORI

Tsukasa MORI

Director, Tokyo Art Point Project,Arts Council Tokyo

Mori is the Director of “Tokyo Artpoint Project”, an initiative that articulates and disseminates the many charms of the city of Tokyo by connecting the city’s citizens, neighborhoods, and activities together through art. By working collaboratively with organizations in a variety of fields, he has realized a number of art programs in which artists and townspeople work together.