Born in Kyoto.
Graduated Waseda University in Tokyo.
Specializes in modern and contemporary art history.
Served as Commissioner of Japanese Pavilion for the ’90 and ’93 Venice Biennale, Artistic director of the 1st Yokohama Triennale, Artistic Director of Aichi Triennale 2010.
Is also active as a poet. Published many books including Shigo no ressun (Japanese only) which received 21st Hagiwara Sakutaro Award.
Served as Director of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, President of Kyoto City University of Arts.
Currently President of Tama Art University, Director of the Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, President of the Japanese Council of Art Museums.

ONBEAT vol.10 and vol.11 features Akira Tatehana