Over the course of her 30-year career, Munroe has investigated and shed international
focus on artists and movements that had been too long on the periphery of Western
awareness. For her pioneering contributions to the field of world art history, she has won
four best-show awards from the International Art Critics Association (AICA). She has
received honors from the Alliance of American Museums, College Art Association,
Association of American Museum Curators, Art Libraries Society of North America, and
China Art Powers.

Cover of Alexandra Munroe, Japanese Art After 1945: Scream Against the Sky

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2017

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World is a major exhibition of contemporary art from China spanning 1989 to 2008, arguably the most transformative period of modern Chinese and recent world history.

Gutai: Splendid Playground

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2013

Gutai: Splendid Playground presents the creative spectrum of Japan’s most influential avant-garde collective of the postwar era.

Lee Ufan: Marking Infinity

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2011

Marking Infinity presents the work of artist-philosopher Lee Ufan, charting his creation of a visual, conceptual, and theoretical terrain that has radically expanded the possibilities for painting and sculpture since the 1960s.

The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2009

This exhibition traces how Asian art, literature, and philosophy were transmitted and transformed within American cultural and intellectual currents, influencing the articulation of new visual and conceptual languages.

Cai Guo-Qiang: I Want to Believe

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 2008

Cai Guo-Qiang is internationally acclaimed as an artist whose creative transgressions and cultural provocations have literally exploded the accepted parameters of art making in our time.

Transmitting the Forms of Divinity: Early Buddhist Art from Korea and Japan

Japan Society Gallery, 2003

The first major international exhibition devoted to a comparative examination of Korean and Japanese Buddhist art, Transmitting the Forms of Divinity explored the formative links between the ancient cultures of Korea and Japan and the early development of Buddhist art.

Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan, 15th-19th Centuries

Japan Society Gallery, 2002

A major international exhibition introducing innovative scholarship on Japanese art to the West, Kazari: Decoration and Display in Japan examined the dynamic development of Japanese art over five centuries, focusing on particular periods of high cultural achievement.


Japan Society Gallery, 2001

Yes Yoko Ono, the first American retrospective of the work of pioneering avant-garde artist Yoko Ono, offered a comprehensive reevaluation of her work. The exhibition explored Ono’s position within the postwar international avant-garde and her critical and influential role in originating forms of contemporary art, music, film and performance.

The Art of Mu Xin: Landscape Paintings and Prison Notes

Yale University Art Gallery, 2001

The first major exhibition of works by the contemporary Chinese writer-artist Mu Xin featured works created while the artist was imprisoned during the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and its immediate aftermath.

Daido Moriyama: Stray Dog

Japan Society Gallery, 1999

A crucial exhibition of an artist whose pioneering work prefigures much current cutting-edge photography. Influenced early on by William Klein and Andy Warhol, Daido Moriyama stands as one of Japan’s central postwar photographers.

Japanese Art After 1945:
Scream Against the Sky

Yokohama Museum of Art, 1994

This exhibition initiated the academic and curatorial field of postwar and contemporary Japanese art in North America.

Alternative Visions: Liu Dan and Hiromitsu Morimoto

Gallery at Takashimaya, New York, Tokyo, Yokohama, and Osaka, 1993–94

Alternative Visions presented the ink paintings of Chinese-born artist Liu Dan who was little-known at the time.

Yayoi Kusama

Center for International Contemporary Art (CICA), New York, 1989

Yayoi Kusama: A Retrospective was the first critical survey of the work of Yayoi Kusama presented anywhere in the world.