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Philippe Parreno appointed Artistic Director of the next Okayama Art Summit

Philippe Parreno

Okayama Art Summit 2025
September 26–November 24, 2025

Philippe Parreno has been appointed the Artistic Director for Okayama Art Summit 2025.

The Okayama Art Summit Executive Committee appointed Philippe Parreno as the Artistic Director for Okayama Art Summit 2025, the international contemporary art exhibition which is held every 3 years in Okayama City, Japan.

In addition, Shimabuku has been appointed as the Artistic Translator by ParrenoParreno emphasized the importance of the new role of an “Artistic Translator” who shares the sense of the exhibition concept, in order to connect it with others. He recognized Shimabuku’s familiarity with the direction of the artistic world and their existing relationship.

Artistic Director: Philippe Parreno
Artist; born 1964 in Algeria. Currently living and working in Paris. He is highly acclaimed for his work across a variety of media including films, carving, drawings, and text.

His recent major exhibitions are Marilyn (Espace Louis Vitton, Munchen, 2023), Echo2: a Carte Blanche to Philippe Parreno (Rotunda of the Bourse de Commerce, Pinault Collection in Paris, 2022), La Quinta del Sordo (The Prado Museum, Madrid, 2022), and A Manifestation of Objects, (Watari Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2019-2020), etc.

In addition to the above, many exhibitions have been held at various major art museums and galleries in countries such as Europe, the United States, Japan, and South Korea, as well as other Asian countries.

Artistic Translator: Shimabuku
Artist; born in Kobe, Japan 1969. Currently based in Naha, Japan and working worldwide.

From the beginning of the 1990s, he has travelled to various places in Japan and overseas, creating performances and installations that consider the daily lives and cultures of people he encounters, as well as new forms of communication. He also works in a diverse range of media including sculpture, film and photography. Full of poetic sentiment and humor while also inspiring people in metaphorical ways, his style has gained a worldwide reputation.

Executive Director: Yasuharu Ishikawa
President, Ishikawa Foundation

General Director: Taro Nasu
Owner, Gallerist of TARO NASU

Public Program Director: Chieko Kinoshita
Associate Professor, Office for the Society-University Co-Creation, Co-Creation Bureau, Osaka University

About Okayama Art Summit
Okayama Art Summit is an international exhibition of contemporary art which is held every 3 years in Okayama city, Japan and the first exhibition was held in 2016. Various historical and cultural facilities in the area around Okayama Castle and Okayama Korakuen Garden have been the venues for exhibiting works by world-class contemporary artists.

Okayama Art Summit 2016(Inaugural exhibition)
October 9–November 27, 2016
Artistic Director: Liam Gillick
Theme: Development
Participating artists/exhibits: 31 individuals and groups from 16 countries/52 exhibits

Okayama Art Summit 2019(Second exhibition)
September 27–November 24, 2019
Artistic Director: Pierre Huyghe
Participating artists/exhibits: 18 individuals and groups from 9 countries/38 exhibits

Okayama Art Summit 2022(Third exhibition)
September 30–November 27, 2022
Artistic Director: Rirkrit Tiravanija
Theme: Do we dream under the same sky
Participating artists/exhibits: 28 individuals and groups from 13 countries/105 exhibits

About Okayama
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