Interview with the New Chair of JCIC-Heritage
Born in 1944 in Dailian (China). As a prominent figure in research into ancient Greek and Roman art history, Mr. Aoyagi has carried out excavation surveys of Mediterranean ruins for more than 40 years. After graduating from the University of Tokyo’s Literature Department Faculty of Art History in 1967, he attended the University of Rome between 1969 and 1972 where he studied ancient Roman art history and archeology. He is a doctor of literature, and his experience includes being the chair of the Tokyo University Literature Department, vice president and director general of the National Museum of Western Art, chairman of the National Museum of Art, and Commissioner for Cultural Affairs.
He is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo and serves as director of the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Art and specially appointed professor at Tokyo University of the Arts. He is also a member of the Japan Academy. In 2011 he was awarded the NHK Broadcast Cultural Award, and in 2017 he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Stars.