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The Shigeko Bork Mu Project was founded by Shigeko Bork in 2004. The Project is dedicated to presenting contemporary art from Asia to the Washington area audience. An objective is to continuously expose and excite the sophisticated Washington audience to the dynamism and beauty of contemporary Asian art and culture. Shigeko Bork works with artists living in Asia and also those who have permanently or temporarily relocated to the West. While currently focusing on artists from China and Japan she will also feature works from India and other countries.

After a 4-year rock music career in Japan and study for a law degree at Toyo University in Tokyo, Ms. Bork traveled to London to study art at Sotheby’s Institute. Art study was inspired by the love of art and the meeting of a remarkable Japanese woman art dealer who successfully made her way in New York in the 80s and 90s. She received an MA in post-war and contemporary art determined to begin a career as an art dealer. Summer study in Villefranche sur mer led to marriage to Washingtonian Timothy Bork. Upon moving to Washington in 1997 she began working as a private dealer. In 2004 she founded the Mu Project and opened the gallery.



The gallery hopes to launch the careers of emerging and new artists from Asia. ‘Mu’ means nothingness in Japanese language. My interpretation of the word is a positive one - a new beginning. In practical terms this new beginning means presenting the first solo show for a promising artist. After careful research and consultation with art schools, scholars, critics and artists Ms. Bork seeks out artists and begins the process of growing the first solo exhibit. The number of shows is limited to 4 per year to ensure quality presentations. The results to date have been encouraging. The careers of some of featured artists have already taken off.

As a specialist in the field of Asian contemporary art, Ms Bork travels to many different places in Asia to keep abreast of the latest developments in art and to meet with artists. Recent trips include visits to art colonies in and around Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in China and southern Japan. Travel to India, Korea and Australia is scheduled.

mu project
1521 Wisconsin Ave., N.W. No. 2, Washington DC 20007
Between P st. & Q st. in Georgetown

Hours: Wed. to Sat. 11am - 5pm and by appointment

1521 wisconsin ave. nw, no. 2, washington dc 20007    shigeko@muproject.com    tel: 202.333.4119   fax: 202.338.6724

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