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Video: ライゾマティクス_マルティプレックス展(展示風景)/”rhizomatiks_ multiplex” [Installation view]
私たちは、何年もの間、日本のエンターテインメント ニュースを生き、呼吸してきた情熱的なエンターテインメント ニュース ジャンキーの小さなチームです。
museum of contemporary art tokyo, 2021-06-03, ライゾマティクス_マルティプレックス展(展示風景)/”rhizomatiks_ multiplex” [Installation view], 「ライゾマティクス_マルティプレックス」展 会期：2021/3/20-6/22
”rhizomatiks_multiplex” Exhibition Period: 20 March – Tue. 22 June 2021
撮影・編集：Muryo Homma（Rhizomatiks）, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
To reach the museum by train, nearest stations are:
- From Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon Line: 9min. walk from the B2 exit.
- From Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Toei Oedo Line: 13min. walk from the A3 exit.
- From Kiba Station on the Tozai Line: 15min. walk from the exit 3.
Or take the Toei Bus bound for “TOKYO SKYTREE Sta.” and get off at “Tokyoto-Gendai-Bijutsukan”
- From Kikukawa Station on the Shinjuku Line: 15 min. walk from the A4 exit.
Or take theToei Bus bound for “Shimbashi”, “Fukagawa Shako”or “Kiba Station” and get off at “Tokyoto-Gendai-Bijutsukan”
Museum Shop NADiff contemporary offers a broad selection of unique artist-designed goods as well as exhibition catalogues, originally-designed MOT items, and books on contemporary art. Visitors will enjoy browsing the shop for “sold only here” art gifts that let them take home the spirit of contemporary art.
- Opening Hours｜10:00 – 18:00
- Closed｜On days the museum is closed
Café & Lounge
How nice to sit alone, cup of coffee in hand, basking in the afterglow of oneʼ s art encounters. How nice to analyze the exhibitionʼ s aims with a friend, while munching a sandwich. And how nice to share your impressions of the artworks in a group, over dessert. Your choice of a menu sandwich or sandwich of the day plus an original beverage, for enjoying inside or out in the court.
- Opening Hours｜10:00 – 18:00 (Last Order 17:30)
- Closed｜On days the museum is closed
- TEL｜03-6458-5708 (Direct)
100 Spoons fun-filled restaurant for families, offering delicious new taste experiences of familiar menu items. While enjoying their meal, customers can have contact with art, create their own artworks̶even become an artwork themselves. A fun new museum experience for people of all ages, children and adults alike.
- Opening Hours｜11:00‐18:00（Last Order 17:00）
- Closed｜Please check the website of the restaurant
The best art museums in Tokyo
Perched on the 53rd floor of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower is the Mori Art Museum. This sky-high art institution primarily focuses on contemporary works by prominent Asian artists including the likes of Takashi Murakami.
The museum primarily stages temporary exhibitions. However, it’s actively acquiring works to build a collection, which currently consists of 400 pieces by creatives from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region, such as Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono and the collective known as Chim↑Pom.
For its exhibitions, Mori Art Museum features a wide range of mediums from sculpture to photography, painting to video art. The venue’s spacious display rooms allow for grand, immersive installations like the room-sized labyrinths of Chiharu Shiota.
The adjacent restaurant and café often features a playful afternoon tea and course meals themed on the museum’s latest exhibition.
You’ll recognise the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo by its monolithic architecture designed by Takahiko Yanagisawa. Opened in March 1995, the museum is known for hosting groundbreaking, innovative and unconventional works. In fact, its collection now totals approximately 5,400 pieces of Japanese and international art, ranging across a wide spectrum of mediums and genres, including fashion, architecture and design. However, the museum mainly focuses on postwar artworks, many of which date from 1945 to the present day.
Recent acquisitions include works by Arnaldo Pomodoro, Saleh Hussein and Roy Lichtenstein, which capture the beginning of innovative 20th century artistic trends.
Opened in the summer of 2018, Mori Epson’s teamLab Borderless in Odaiba was the world’s very first digital art museum. Rather than a collection of artworks each confined within a single frame, these colourful creations spread across entire walls and even between rooms – hence the name.
With interactive installations that change with the number of people in the space, Borderless sets itself apart from other museums around the world where crowds can put people off. Unlike the Mona Lisa’s portrait in the Louvre, Borderless’s installations only get more vibrant as more people enter the space, with flurries of butterflies and flowers spontaneously appearing in works like ‘A Whole Year per Year / Flutter of Butterflies, Ephemeral Life’.
While Borderless’s Odaiba location will be closing in 2022, the art collective announced that the museum will be moved to a new, more central spot in Tokyo sometime in 2023.
Spending a day in Ryogoku became even more of a necessity for tourists from November 2016, when the neighbourhood that already housed the Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Kokugikan saw the opening of a museum dedicated entirely to Edo-era Sumida’s most famous son – ukiyo-e superstar Katsushika Hokusai. In addition to viewing displays of the woodblock print wizard’s countless masterpieces, you can learn about Hokusai the man, his life in Sumida and what the city looked like between 1760, when Hokusai was born in Katsushika, and 1849, when he died and was buried at Seikyoji Temple in Asakusa. Visitors will also want to check out the full-scale master’s atelier, a reconstruction based on a painting by Hokusai apprentice Iitsu Tsuyuki.
Set in the middle of the picturesque Ueno Park is the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum where you can catch displays of history’s most revered masterpieces stretching from Edo period (1603-1868) ukiyo-e woodblock prints to the modern works of Isamu Noguchi.
As Japan’s first public art museum, this long-standing facility – built in 1926 – has a well established relationship with the world’s most reputable art institutions and collectors. Because of this, the Metropolitan Art Museum is where you’re most likely to come across rare works by the greats, including Van Gogh, Klimt and Monet, in the city.
As for the permanent collection, the museum has 48 acquisitions which comprise 36 pieces of calligraphy displayed in the Collection Exhibition, and 12 sculptures, which are displayed on the grounds year-round.
This eclectic museum in the heart of Kyobashi was originally established to showcase the private collection of Bridgestone founder Shojiro Ishibashi. In 2015, the museum was rebuilt and renamed the Artizon Museum to embrace a fresh new horizon of art and creativity. The museum itself spans five storeys which include a cafe and lecture hall, but the gallery spaces can be found on the top three floors.
The private collection ranges from ancient East Asian artifacts and Heian-period (794-1185) scrolls to modern art by some of the greatest painters in recent history including Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Jackson Pollock.
Nezu Kaichiro Sr, a businessperson whose career included being the president of Tobu Railway, had a penchant for pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art. Founded in 1940 with his private collection, the museum now houses 7,400 exhibits spanning a wide range of genres.
Several Buddhist statues and ancient bronzes from China are on permanent display. On the other hand, the seven annual temporary exhibitions feature the rest of the museum’s collection – which includes paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, metalwork, ceramics, lacquerware, wooden and bamboo craft, and textiles – on a rotation basis according to the theme. The current building, a stunning mix of traditional and modern styles, was designed by architect Kengo Kuma and opened in 2009.
Originally established in 1990, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum (nicknamed TOP) was one of Japan’s first museums dedicated to photography as an artform. TOP’s collection consists of over 50,000 photographs spanning the dawn of photography to now. Of these works, roughly 23,700 are from Japan while about 5,700 are from overseas.
Though the facility puts an emphasis on the works of contemporary Japanese photographers, the museum frequently invites international photographers to take part in the curated exhibitions and hosts some of the world’s biggest travelling photo exhibitions including the annual World Press Photo Contest.
The museum itself is free for visitors to enter, but each exhibition charges a separate entry fee.
You might be surprised to learn that powerhouse Japanese beverage maker Suntory has a mid-sized art gallery in Tokyo Midtown – and a rather nice one at that. The interior has been recently renovated with a sleek, natural-wood-framed façade supervised by Kengo Kuma. The gallery exhibits rotating collections of Japanese artworks.
Suntory describes the focus of the museum as ‘lifestyle art’, pieces like lacquerware and ceramic plates from the Kamakura Period (1185-1333) that provide insight into the lives and pastimes of their previous owners. On Thursdays, the museum opens its sixth-floor Gencho-an tearoom for traditional tea ceremonies. For ¥1,000 (in addition to the museum’s entrance fee) visitors can partake in a traditional tea ceremony and sip a whisked brew with accompanying Japanese sweets.
Founded in 1966 as Japan’s first museum to specialise in the exhibition of Japanese paintings, the Yamatane Museum of Art was first located in Nihonbashi-Kabutocho. The museum focuses on contemporary works, having over 1,800 items in its collection. Thanks to a renovation, it now has two new exhibition halls (one for special exhibitions and one for their permanent exhibition) located on the first basement level of the basement, which together give the museum approximately twice its previous exhibition space; furthermore, a giant moveable wall, incorporated into the new special exhibition hall, allows an additional capacity with which to house particularly large-scale exhibits. In addition to offering visitors a chance to view some particularly high-class Japanese works of art, the museum also has its own café – named Cafe Tsubaki – located on the first floor, which offers a special wagashi (Japanese confectionary) and matcha (ceremonial green tea) set that includes sweets produced by Kikuya, a well-established confectionary shop located in Aoyama. However, if matcha isn’t your style, another set well worth trying is the café’s organic coffee and confectionary set, which includes a rice-based sweet made by pâtissier Jun Honma.
Characterised by its wavy glass exterior, the National Art Center, Tokyo is one of the largest contemporary art museums in Japan, spanning across 14,000 square metres. The museum doesn’t have its own permanent collection, instead hosting the works of renowned artists from Japan and overseas, ranging from Yayoi Kusama’s iconic pumpkin sculptures to the colourful paintings of Henri Matisse.
Entry to the atrium is free, and the space boasts a café, two restaurants and an excellent gift shop – Souvenir From Tokyo – where you’ll find a delightful array of art merchandise and cleverly designed knick-knacks for a memento of your visit.
An art space located in Tokyo Midtown, it has been directed by three Japanese masters of design, fashion designer Issey Miyake, graphic designer Taku Satoh and product designer Naoto Fukazawa. The main draws here are the exhibitions and other events including talk-shows and workshops. The large-scale steel roofing of the building was designed by architect Tadao Ando and bears his unique curved shape stretching down toward the ground, avoiding a caged-in feel and instead creating comfort.
Founded in 1952, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (or Momat, for short) was Japan’s first national art museum. Though it was originally housed in the former headquarters of the Nikkatsu Corporation in the Chuo Ward, the museum was moved to its current location near the grounds of the Imperial Palace in 1969.
The museum itself – designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi – has undergone several expansion projects in the past few decades and now spans a total of 4,500 square metres, making it one of Japan’s largest art museums. Exhibits here are from the early 20th century onwards, with the museum’s extensive collection of roughly 13,000 pieces featuring both Japanese and Western-style artworks. Noteworthy features of the permanent collection include portraits by early Japanese modernist Ryusei Kishida, along with sculptures and 20th-century wartime paintings.
This private art museum in Jingumae was designed by famed Swiss architect Mario Botta for the Watari family in 1990. The quirky building holds four exhibitions a year, featuring retrospective works from the museum’s private collection as well as new works by up-and-coming contemporary artists.
Though the museum itself may be smaller than other institutions on this list, Watari-um distinguishes itself with a respectable permanent collection of works by art world legends such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol.
Before you leave, be sure to swing by the basement bookshop, On Sundays, which stocks books on art, photography and architecture, as well as stationery and other items.
Established in 1959, this Le Corbusier-designed building is Japan’s only national museum devoted to Western art. Its comprehensive selection includes the Matsukata Collection (art procured by the late Japanese industrialist, Kojiro Matsukata, which form the foundation of this museum) as well as works from the Renaissance up to the early 20th century. The museum’s permanent collection is excellent, ranging from 15th-century icons to one of Monet’s famous ‘Water Lilies’ paintings, completed in 1916.
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Get out of the museum – Tokyo has plenty of artworks that are free to see out in the open
延床面積 33,515 m2 という日本最大の美術館建築（分館を含めた場合日本2位）で、広いスペースを誇る常設展示室は1階と3階の計10室ある。1階展示室では第二次世界大戦後まもない頃の不安と混沌を反映した時代から、1970年代まで約30年間の美術の流れが一通りたどれるようになっている。3階展示室では、現存作家の作品を中心に、現代美術のさまざまな傾向を見ることができる。企画展示室には、巨大化する傾向のある現代美術作品が展示可能な、広大な吹き抜け空間が準備されている。
- アンディ・ウォーホル 『マリリン・モンロー』 Marilyn Monroe （版画、1967年）
- ロイ・リキテンスタイン 『ヘア・リボンの少女』 Girl with Hair Ribbon （油彩画、1965年）
- 上田薫 『なま玉子 B』（油彩、アクリル画、1976年）
- 吉岡徳仁 『Honey-pop』(2001年)
- 吉岡徳仁 『Water Block』(2002年)
An impressive array of art at Japan’s largest contemporary art museum
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo focuses on art from the 20th century to the present day, including works by both Japanese and international artists. One of the largest contemporary art museums in Japan, it marked its 20th anniversary by closing for a large-scale renovation. The renovation took around three years, and the museum had its grand reopening on March 29, 2019.
The museum hosts the MOT Collection and special exhibitions. A collection of about 5,400 works is the basis for rotating themed exhibitions which are curated to reflect on postwar art history. Special exhibitions display works from a variety of genres such as fashion, design, and architecture.
Photo Kenta Hasegawa
Photo Kenta Hasegawa
Aside from a library with around 270,000 books and reference materials related to art, as well as a shop with a lineup of unique products made by artists, the museum also has a chic restaurant and cafe. The museum is situated on the east side of Tokyo. Combine your visit with a walk around nearby Kiba Park, Ginza or Akihabara or a visit to Tokyo Skytree. Visit the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo for a truly immersive art experience.
Photo Kenta Hasegawa
Photo Kenta Hasegawa
- Kiyosumi-shirakawa StationHanzomon LineExit B29 min on foot
*Changes depending on the season and/or time period
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing
- Closing days:
MondaysNew Year’s holidaysIf a scheduled closing falls on a public holiday, the facility will remain open on the holiday and close the next day.
Varies per exhibition or screening
- RestroomsDining facilitiesNon-smoking areasParkingWiFi
- Disabled parkingAutomatic doorsWheelchair rampEscalatorElevatorWheelchair accessible elevatorMulti-purpose toiletOstomate restroomsToilet with handrailsDiaper changing facilitiesBaby chair/high chairWheelchair loanStroller loanBreast feeding roomAccessible communication formats
For updated information on opening hours, closings, prices, and more, please check the official website or ask the facility directly.
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Curator talks by the researchers at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, can be viewed here. The Museum also offers “Museum View,”
with which viewers can experience the museum’s building (a registered World Heritage Site) and exhibition rooms as if they were walking around them. Why not take this opportunity to enjoy them from the comfort of your own home?