The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

  • Art
  • Takebashi
  1. 国立近代美術館
    Photo: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  2. 国立近代美術館
  3. 国立近代美術館
  4. 国立近代美術館

Time Out says

This is an alternative-history MoMA, one consisting mostly of Japanese art from the turn of the 20th century onwards. The 1969 building was designed by Yoshiro Taniguchi (father of architect Yoshio Taniguchi) and has been renovated several times. Its location next to the moat and walls of the Imperial Palace makes it a prime stop for viewing springtime cherry blossoms and autumn foliage.


3-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku
Takebashi Station (Tozai line), exit 1b
¥500, university students ¥250; evening discount Fri and Sat from 5pm, ¥300, university students ¥150. Free for high school students or younger and people aged 65 or older. Free admission on the 1st Sun of every month, May 18 and Nov 3.
Opening hours:
10am-5pm Tue-Thu, Sun; 10am-8pm Fri, Sat. (Admission ends 30 mins before closing time) / closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday), Dec 28-Jan 1

What’s on

Shinro Ohtake

This exhibition at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is Shinro Ohtake’s first major retrospective in 16 years. The multi-disciplinary artist has been producing a stunning array of paintings, prints, sculptures and motion picture art since his debut in the 1980s and continues to maintain a reputation as a leading contemporary creative both in Japan and overseas.  Here, Ohtake presents 500 exhibits divided into seven conceptual themes: ‘Self/Others’, ‘Memory’, ‘Time’, ‘From One to Another’, ‘Dreams/Retine’, 'Layer/Stratum’ and ‘Sound’. The installations will span the last four decades of Ohtake’s spectacular career, from his earliest works to the pieces he created amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Highlights include an overflowing scrapbook, which the artist worked on between 2018 and 2021, as well as a 'self portrait' he constructed in the form of an outdoor shed.  

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