Shuji Takahashi

Shuji Takahashi

Director of Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu

Shuji Takahashi was born in Gifu Prefecture in 1955.

After working as a junior high school teacher, he participated in the preparatory work for setting up the Museum of Fine Arts, GIFU as a curator.
He was in charge of collecting art works and creating catalogs of collections leading up to the opening in 1982 of the Museum of Fine Arts, GIFU.

After that he developed exhibitions for Mino ceramic art and local artists.

In 1986 he was transferred to Aichi Prefecture, and was instrumental in setting up the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art as its first curator, where he devised a collection strategy and initial organizational structures such as the personnel plan.
In particular, he was responsible for collecting art works when the museum was opened in 1992.

In his exhibition activities, he was in charge of 'Permanent Collection', in terms of planned exhibitions he was responsible for numerous exhibitions targeting both Japanese and overseas artists, such as 'Andrew Wyeth Retrospective', ' A Century of American Dream' and 'Yasuo Kuniyoshi ', etc.

Gazo Fuji won a prize at the Le Salon (France, in 1888) as its second Japanese oil painting artist.
However, after winning the prize, Fuji's art work went missing.
Fortunately, Shuji Takahashi found Fuji's missing art work in an American museum for the first time in 120 years (in 2008).

He served as the vice director of the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art from 2011 until 2016 when he was appointed as the director of the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art, Gifu