photo by Mao Yamamoto
Art DirectorChairman, Art Front Gallery Co.,Ltd.
General Director, Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale
General Director, Setouchi Triennale
Born in Niigata Prefecture in 1946. Following his graduation from Tokyo University of the Arts, Fram Kitagawa organized various exhibitions that introduced to Japan works of art that at the time were not well known. He has been responsible for a wide range of art projects such as the Antoni Gaudi exhibition that traveled to 11 Japanese cities in 1978-1979 and the Apartheid Non! International Art Festival that was shown at 194 venues throughout Japan in 1988-1990.
Kitagawa has received high praise for his involvement in activities related to community development, such as his lead role in the planning of the Faret Tachikawa Art Project and the cultural activities he oversees at the Daikanyama Hillside Terrace.
He has served as the general director of the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale since 2000, and has made a major contribution to the development of the region through art. He has also served as the general director of the Setouchi Triennale since 2010, the Japan Alps Art Festival as well as the Oku-Noto Triennale since 2017.
He is the recipient of many awards, including the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Republic, the Order of Culture from the Republic of Poland, the 2006 Japanese Education Minister’s Award for Art (in the field of art promotion), and the Order of Australia: Honorary Member (AO) in the General Division (2012). He was awarded the Japanese Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon in 2016,the Asahi Prize in 2017 and
Person of Cultural Merit in 2018.