Friday Heirloom 111: In 2020 A Museum is a Business of Happiness ENGLISH/ITALIANO

Friday Heirloom 111: In 2020 A Museum is a Business of Happiness ENGLISH/ITALIANO

Transformative change begins to happen in our institutional cultures when we examine, interrupt, decenter, and replace harmful and oppressive organizing structures and habits of mind. (Mike Murawski)

Yamamoto at Fondazione Pastificio Cerere, Rome
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Friday Heirloom 95: Ode to Spring? (Wild Hearts in Museums)

Friday Heirloom 95: Ode to Spring? (Wild Hearts in Museums)

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My body is my own and I do whatever I want with it.


Sun-kissed in Margaux

Once upon a time, in a not-so-faraway world, there was a woman.

Actually, plenty of them. Thousands.

Some of them were oversharing on Instagram and screaming on Twitter. Others were rising stars in the most disparate fields: arts, sciences, fashion, engineering.

There was one thing that brought them together: the burning desire to feel like they could finally have an impact in their respective fields.


Hit by a flower

Feeling powerless is a common state among people of all walks of life, especially those considered as minorities in any given context, be it for the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their religious beliefs and even their country of origin.

And, as you may imagine, feeling like an outsider, with no ability to make an impact whatsoever, is exhausting.



The modern, Western world has gone a long way in terms of openness and dialogue. Yet the right to be heard and seen is still shaky in some countries, in some societies, even in some organizations and fields, still ruled by the white man. Oh, do I love the white man!


White woman. White woman?

While in the United States the topic is hot and social issues like race, LGBTQ+ rights and even religion are, for the most part, acknowledged, I feel like some countries in Europe are very slowly trying to make sense of all the mess.

In fact, you see “the mess” everywhere: on the street, at the bar around the corner, in line at the post office. Just not in organizations.

Truth is: the world as we used to know it has changed, but our bubbles within it have not. The effects of globalization are real and tangible: diversified interests are at stake, any day, in any given field.


First will be last

But how do we make sure our structures reflect the diversity of today’s world? How to bring in more voices so that we can better serve our communities? I’m not the first person asking these questions, and I’ll certainly not be the last one.

Every organization, nonprofit and for profit, should put up front the desire to SERVE. I believe life cannot be properly lived if we’re not of service to others, and healthy organizations are those whose main purpose is to serve.


“And it was all yellow”

And, while the first step towards inclusion is acknowledgement, well, it is not enough. Bringing in different perspectives requires rigorous commitment and engagement to the cause, demonstrated by actual policies and procedures.

Organizations should be using all their means, online and offline, to fight privilege. In the end, it’s all about being open with yourself and with those who love you.


Where will my feet take me?

Being “closed” doesn’t take you “closer” to your goals, and a certain degree of receptivity is necessary for magic to unfold.

Friday Heirloom 17: The National Art Center, Tokyo

Friday Heirloom 17: The National Art Center, Tokyo

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Cover Photo: The exterior of The National Art Center, Tokyo. Photo Credit: NACT

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Friday Heirloom 17 takes you to Japan to introduce you to The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT)!

Located in Tokyo, the heart of Japan, the NACT is an art exhibition facility that does not maintain a permanent collection, instead uses its exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, as a venue for various art exhibitions.

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Installation view in “ANZAΪ: Personal Photo Archives 1970-2006”. Photo Credit: NACT

The NACT allows visitors to experience diverse values and encourages a culture based on the idea of mutual understanding. As a matter of fact, the mission of the NACT is to exhibit a great variety of art expressions.

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Installation view of Takamasa Kuniyasu in “Artist File 2013 – The NACT Annual Show of Contemporary Art”. Photo Credit: NACT

The exhibitions are either held by artist associations or by the curatorial staff, which generates special exhibitions that highlight the latest trends in art both in Japan and abroad. A number of exhibitions are also co-organized with mass media companies and other art institutions.

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Installation view in “The Light: MATSUMOTO Yoko / NOGUCHI Rika”. Photo Credit: NACT

In addition, the NACT is actively engaged in the collection and dissemination of information about art exhibitions in Japan and Japanese art. To this purpose, it holds a comprehensive collection of post-WWII Japanese exhibition catalogs and various materials related to modern and contemporary Japanese art. The Art Library collects and preserves these materials for research, review and historical purposes.

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The Art Library of The National Art Center, Tokyo. Photo Credit: NACT

Education and outreach are important areas within the NACT, which serves as a site of participation, interaction, and creativity. Lectures, symposia, workshops and gallery talks related to exhibitions are regularly organized.

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Artist workshop “Making Art with Newspaper and Packing Tape”. Program held in conjunction with “MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION: The Work of Miyake Issey”, 2016. Photo Credit: NACT

The current exhibition at the NACT is “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now”, organized by the National Art Center, Tokyo, the Mori Art Museum and the Japan Foundation Asia Center. It is the largest-ever exhibition of Southeast Asian contemporary art to be held in Japan.

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“Installation view: “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now,” The National Art Center, Tokyo, 2017. Photo Credit: Ueno Norihiro. Photo courtesy: NACT

The exhibition explores contemporary art in Southeast Asia from the 1980s onward from various perspectives, including aspirations for freedom, identity and growth. It embraces communities, faiths and traditions while comparing and contrasting Southeast Asian contemporary art with international contemporary art trends. You can find out more about the exhibition here:

The vision for the NACT, as explained by its Director General Tamotsu Aoki, is to “continue to work hard with our staff to further improve and develop these activities, with the goal to be recognized as a leading “art center” in Japan and the rest of the world.”

For more information on the National Art Center, Tokyo please visit the website:

Thanks to the Office of Communications and International Affairs at the National Art Center, Tokyo for kindly supporting the creation of this post.


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Friday Heirloom 17 vous emmène au Japon pour vous présenter le Centre National des Arts de Tokyo (NACT) !

Situé à Tokyo, au cœur du Japon, le NACT est un établissement d’exposition d’art qui ne maintient pas une collection permanente, mais à la place utilise son espace d’exposition, l’un des plus grands du Japon, comme lieu d’expositions d’art variées.

Le NACT permet aux visiteurs d’expérimenter des valeurs diverses et encourage une culture basée sur l’idée de la compréhension mutuelle. A vrai dire, la mission du NACT est de présenter une grande variété d’expressions artistiques.

Les expositions sont soit tenues par des associations d’artistes ou par le personnel de la conservation, qui génère des expositions spéciales qui mettent en évidence les dernières tendances en art au Japon et à l’étranger. Un certain nombre d’expositions sont également organisées conjointement avec des sociétés de médias et d’autres institutions artistiques.

En outre, le NACT participe activement à la collecte et à la diffusion d’informations sur les expositions d’art au Japon et sur les informations relatives à l’art japonais. À cette égard, il contient une collection complète de catalogues d’art japonais d’après la Seconde Guerre mondiale et de divers matériaux liés à l’art japonais moderne et contemporain. La Bibliothèque d’Art recueille et préserve ces matériaux pour la recherche, l’examen, et à des fins historiques.

L’éducation et la sensibilisation sont des domaines importants au sein du NACT, qui sert de site de participation, d’interaction et de créativité. Des conférences, des symposiums, des ateliers et des causeries sur les galeries, liés à des expositions, sont régulièrement organisés.

L’exposition actuelle au NACT est “SUNSHOWER : l’Art Contemporain du Sud-Est Asiatique, des Années 1980 à Maintenant“, organisée par le Centre National des Arts de Tokyo, le Musée d’Art Mori et la Fondation du Japon. C’est la plus grande exposition de tous les temps d’art contemporain d’Asie du Sud-Est à être organisée au Japon.

L’exposition explore l’art contemporain en Asie du Sud-Est à partir des années 1980 sous divers angles, y compris les aspirations à la liberté, à l’identité et à la croissance. Elle englobe les communautés, les croyances et les traditions tout en comparant et contrastant l’art contemporain du sud-est asiatique avec des tendances internationales de l’art contemporain. Vous pouvez en savoir plus sur l’exposition ici :

La vision du NACT, comme expliquée par son directeur général Tamotsu Aoki, est de “continuer à travailler dur avec notre personnel pour améliorer et développer ces activités, avec l’objectif d’être reconnu comme un “centre d’art” de premier plan au Japon et le reste du monde.

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¡Friday Heirloom 17 os lleva a Japón para presentaros el Centro Nacional de Arte, Tokio (NACT)!

Ubicado en Tokio, el corazón de Japón, el NACT es una instalación de exhibición de arte sin una colección permanente, sino que utiliza su espacio expositivo, uno de los más grandes de Japón, como sede de varias exposiciones de arte.

El NACT puede ofrecer a los visitantes una variedad de valores y fomenta una cultura basada en la idea de la comprensión mutua. De hecho, la misión del NACT es exhibir una gran variedad de expresiones artísticas.

Las exposiciones son realizadas por asociaciones de artistas o por el personal curador, que genera exposiciones especiales que destacan las últimas tendencias en arte tanto en Japón como en el extranjero. Una serie de exposiciones también se coorganiza con las empresas de medios de comunicación y otras instituciones de arte.

Además, el NACT participa activamente en la recopilación y difusión de información sobre exposiciones de arte en Japón y sobre la información relacionada con el arte japonés. Con este fin, tiene una colección completa de catálogos de la exposición japonesa de después de la Segunda Guerra Mundial y diversos materiales relacionados con el arte japonés moderno. The Art Library recoge y conserva estos materiales para su investigación, revisión y propósitos históricos.

La educación y la divulgación son áreas importantes dentro del NACT, que sirven como un sitio de participación, interacción y creatividad. Conferencias, simposios, talleres y debates sobre las galerias se organizan regularmente.

La exposición actual en el NACT es “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now“, organizado por el Centro Nacional de Arte de Tokio, el Museo de Arte Mori y el Japan Foundation Asia Center. Es la mayor exhibición de arte contemporáneo del sudeste asiático que se celebrará en Japón.

La exposición explora el arte contemporáneo en el sudeste asiático a partir de la década de 1980 en adelante desde diferentes perspectivas, incluyendo aspiraciones de libertad, identidad y crecimiento. Abarca comunidades, creencias y tradiciones comparando y contrastando el arte contemporáneo del sudeste asiático con las tendencias internacionales del arte contemporáneo. Podéis encontrar más información sobre la exposición aquí:

La visión del NACT, tal como lo explica su Director General, Tamotsu Aoki, es “seguir trabajando con nuestro personal para seguir mejorando y desarrollando estas actividades, con el objetivo de ser reconocidos como un centro de arte líder en Japón y el resto del mundo.”

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Friday Heirloom 17 vi porta in Giappone, per presentarvi il Centro d’Arte Nazionale di Tokyo (NACT)!

Situato a Tokyo, nel cuore del Giappone, il NACT possiede una struttura d’esposizione artistica senza una collezione permanente, utilizzando invece lo spazio espositivo, uno dei più grandi in Giappone, come luogo per diverse mostre d’arte.

Il NACT consente ai visitatori di sperimentare valori diversi, incoraggiando una cultura basata sull’idea di comprensione reciproca. Di fatto, la missione del NACT è quella di esporre una grande varietà di espressioni d’arte.

Le mostre sono organizzate da associazioni di artisti o dai curatori del Centro, che genera mostre temporanee sottolineando le ultime tendenze artistiche sia in Giappone che all’estero. Numerose mostre sono anche co-organizzate con aziende di media e altre istituzioni d’arte.

Inoltre, il NACT è attivamente impegnato nella raccolta e diffusione di informazioni sulle mostre d’arte in Giappone e di quelle relative all’arte giapponese. A questo scopo, il Centro contiene una raccolta completa di cataloghi d’arte giapponesi risalenti a dopo il WWII e vari materiali relativi all’arte giapponese moderna e contemporanea. La Biblioteca d’Arte raccoglie e conserva questi materiali per ricerche, revisioni e a fini storici.

Educazione e approfondimento sono aree importanti all’interno del NACT, che funge da sito di partecipazione, interazione e creatività. Qui vi sono organizzate regolarmente conferenze, simposi, workshop e dibattiti su gallerie e mostre.

L’attuale esposizione al NACT è “SUNSHOWER: arte contemporanea del Sud-Est asiatico, dagli anni ’80 ad oggi“, organizzata dal National Art Center di Tokyo, dal Mori Art Museum e dal Japan Foundation Asia Center. È la più grande esposizione mai esistita sull’arte contemporanea asiatica sud-orientale ad essere organizzata Giappone.

La mostra esplora l’arte contemporanea nel Sud-Est asiatico a partire dagli anni Ottanta sotto diverse prospettive, tra cui le aspirazioni per la libertà, l’identità e la crescita. Essa promuove comunità, fedi e tradizioni locali, confrontando e contrastando l’arte contemporanea Sud-Est asiatica con le tendenze dell’arte contemporanea internazionale. Per ulteriori informazioni sulla mostra, cliccate qui:

La visione del NACT, come spiegato dal suo direttore generale Tamotsu Aoki, è di “continuare a lavorare sodo con il nostro personale per migliorare e sviluppare queste attività ulteriormente, con l’obiettivo di essere riconosciuti come un “centro d’arte” leader in Giappone e nel resto del mondo.

Per ulteriori informazioni sul Centro Nazionale d’Arte di Tokyo, visitate il sito: