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.
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 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.
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