Mori Art Museum

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Mori Art Museum
Photo: Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Time Out says

The exhibitions are world-class, focused mainly on contemporary culture, but the secrets of the Mori Art Museum’s success are location (part of the phenomenally popular Roppongi Hills), location (on the 52nd and 53rd floors of the Mori Tower, offering spectacular views) and location (within a two-floor ‘experience’ that includes a bar, cafe, shop and panoramic observation deck). One ticket allows access to all areas, and the late opening hours maximise accessibility.

Exhibitions are deliberately varied, with past offerings including Bill Viola’s video art, a survey of the Middle Eastern art world and the periodic 'Roppongi Crossing' group shows for Japanese artists. The vista from Tokyo City View isn’t quite 360°, and it’s expensive compared to the free Tokyo Metropolitan Government building observatory, but the views are arguably better, especially at night with a drink in your hand from Mado Lounge. If you don't mind paying an extra ¥500, you take a short elevator ride to the rooftop Sky Deck, and take in an even better – not to mention rather breezier – vista.


Mori Tower 53F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato
Roppongi Station (Hibiya, Oedo lines), exit 1
Opening hours:
10am-8pm (last entry 7.30pm)

What’s on

Our Ecology: Toward a Planetary Living

Mori Art Museum marks its 20th anniversary with this highly pertinent exhibition, which explores the response of contemporary art to the ongoing environmental crisis. Around 100 works from 34 Japanese and international artists, including pieces created especially for this event, form four exhibition ‘chapters’: together these urge us to consider environmental issues from a broader perspective that transcends the human-centric. ‘All Is Connected’, the first chapter, touches upon how human activity intertwines with ecosystems, while the subsequent ‘Return to Earth’ explores Japanese art from the 1950s to the ’80s, a period in which the country’s economic boom brought with it industrial pollution. ‘The Great Acceleration’ features works revealing humankind’s exploitation of natural resources, yet also offers a sense of hope. Finally, ‘The Future is Within Us’ looks at contemporary discussion around using technologies to draft possible futures through artistic expressions of feminism, spirituality, and more. Text by Darren Gore

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