Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

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Time Out says

This huge, city-owned showpiece opened in 1995 on reclaimed swampland in a distant part of Tokyo. Its collection of 4,700 international and Japanese artworks has its moments, but the temporary exhibitions are the main reason to visit. Visitors can access the database, extensive video library, and magazine and catalogue collection (all available in English).


4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku
Kiyosumi-Shirakawa Station (Hanzomon line), exit B2; (Toei Oedo line), exit A3
Opening hours:
10am-6pm (last entry 5.30pm), closed Mon (except for holidays)

What’s on

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Following its success at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris from 2017 to 2018 and its visits to London and New York in 2019, the touring exhibition dedicated to the life and legacy of French designer Christian Dior is finally coming to Tokyo this winter. Opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art on December 21, this mammoth retrospective will celebrate 75 years of Dior couture with a collection of timeless dresses and iconic designs from the post-war era to now. There will be a lot to take in, but the exhibition will thankfully run until May 28 2023 to give couture lovers ample time to view the collection.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh: unset on-set

In her first solo exhibition in Japan, the Dutch artist and filmmaker Wendelian van Oldenborgh is presenting six motion picture artworks made in different stages of her career. Van Oldenborgh, who is known to incorporate themes of music and history into her work, often uses the medium of film to question the social constructs and the role of women in today’s society. The 2006 short film ‘Mauritz Script’, which explores the legacy of 17th century governor-general Johann Maurtiz, is the earliest piece is the showcase, while the most recent film of the collection ‘The Girls’ was only released in 2022 as part of this exhibition in Japan.

Waiting for the Wind: Tokyo Contemporary Art Award 2021-2023 Exhibition

The Tokyo Contemporary Art Award (TCAA) was established by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) arts centre in 2018 to support the work of mid-career artists in Japan over several years, including the funding of overseas research activities. This exhibition showcases the works of TCAA 2021-2023 award winners Lieko Shiga and Kota Takeuchi, and starts on March 18 2023 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. The exhibition title incorporates the phrase 'Waiting for the Wind', which originated out of the dialogue between Shiga and Takeuchi. The works of both artists may be different in direction, but they share a common understanding as Shiga and Takeuchi are both based in areas that have been affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. Through a map of coastal areas extending northeast from Tokyo to Aomori, Shiga visualises the 12 years of reconstruction efforts in Miyagi prefecture through a collage of photographs, drawings and notes, with focus on her own constantly-changing thoughts. Shiga’s work reflects essential elements of modern society, including the concepts of human nature, centre and periphery, loss and grief, regulation and freedom as well as harmony with nature. Takeuchi’s new work, on the other hand, is based on his research on balloon bombs, a weapon used by the Japanese military against the United States during World War II. His life-sized balloon installation is made from photographs of the ground in the US where the bal

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