About Tokyo Gendai

Launched in July 2023, Tokyo Gendai presents leading contemporary art galleries from Japan, the wider Asia-Pacific region and around the world.

Taking place in one of the most dynamic and active art and design scenes in the world, Tokyo Gendai is an exciting platform for commercial, artistic and intellectual exchange, and a nexus of cross-cultural discovery.

The Fair is accompanied by an extensive VIP Program, as well as a robust lineup of private events all across Japan, providing a means for deeper connection with Japan’s art community.

The second edition of Tokyo Gendai will take place from 5-7 July 2024 (VIP preview day 4 July) at PACIFICO Yokohama.

The Team

Magnus Renfrew, Co-Founder

Magnus has twenty years’ experience in the international art world, the last decade of which have been spent in Asia. Previously, Renfrew served as founding fair director for ART HK: Hong Kong International Art Fair (2007-2012) and Art Basel in Hong Kong (2012-2014). Magnus serves as Co-Director of Taipei Dangdai and is Co-Founder of ART SG. He has been named twice in the ArtReview Power 100 as one of the 100 most influential figures in the art world. In 2013 Magnus was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in recognition of his contribution to building the art scene in Asia.

Eri Takane, Fair Director

Eri has previously worked as an independent art consultant for leading international artists, collectors and corporations, including Google Arts & Culture Japan division. Takane has a wealth of experience across the art sector in Japan that has seen her work as the art director at Sezon Art Gallery in Tokyo as well as host of Tokyo FM radio program Sustainadays. During her 13 year stay in New York, she worked at The Japan Foundation, New York, to provide funding for not-for-profit art organisations in the United States.

Selection Committee

Tim Blum
Co-Founder, BLUM (Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo)

Yaji Huang
Founder, Each Modern (Taipei)

John O’Doherty
Director, Sadie Coles HQ (London)

Advisory Group

Mr. Ryutaro Takahashi
Psychiatrist, Art collector

Ms. Miwa Taguchi
Co-Founder, Taguchi Art Collection

Ms. Yoshiko Mori
Chairperson of the Mori Art Museum and a member of the Board of Directors of Mori Building Co., Ltd

Mr. Hideaki Fukutake
Chairman of the Fukutake Foundation
Director of Benesse Holdings

Mr. Takeo Obayashi
The chairman of the Obayashi Corporation

Howard and Cindy Rachofsky
Collector, Owner of The Rachofsky House

Shin Takeuchi
CTO of Visional, Inc.

Naoko Sasagawa
Art Collector, Company Executive

Consultative Council

Shugo Satani
Founder, ShugoArts

Maho Kubota

Junko Shimada
Director, GALLERY SIDE 2

Sawako Hidaka
Executive Director, Asia Society Japan

Tokyo Gendai Team

Scott Gray
Managing Director

Reiri Kojima
General Manager

Eri Takane
Fair Director

Natsu Tanabe
VIP Manager

Debora Ferrarini
Director of Exhibitor Operations

Rie Nakano
Fair Manager

Ania Huggins
Operations Director

Sana Miyazaki
Operations Manager

Chris Ishikawa
Marketing Manager

Yuki Ibata
Gallery Liaison

About the Organiser

Tokyo Gendai is organised by The Art Assembly, an exciting affiliation of three major international art fairs founded in the Asia Pacific region.

Comprising ART SG in Singapore, Taipei Dangdai in Taiwan, and Tokyo Gendai in Japan, The Art Assembly represents a joint initiative between three of the world’s leading art fair organisers: Magnus Renfrew, Sandy Angus and Tim Etchells.

The Art Assembly aims to drive innovation, deepen engagement with contemporary art and encourage cross-cultural conversations. It achieves this by strengthening collaboration and promoting knowledge and resource sharing across the group. The Art Assembly pulls together decades’ worth of experience, expertise and an extensive global network of contacts and assets, to the benefit of its member fairs, galleries and audiences.