Past Exhibitions

  • December 17, 2016 - February 19, 2017

Kōgei (Modern Crafts) and the Tea Ceremony Ⅱ

from the Museum Collection


KAWAKITA Handeishi, Tea bowl, "Aka-fudo", shino type (1949 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) / MIWA Eizo, Water container in the shape of cross, gold glaze (1993 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) / KURODA Tatsuaki, Tea caddy, red lacquered, ridged spiral design (c.1980 Private collection)

This exhibition presents tea-ceremony-related pieces selected from the MOMAT’s collection of Kōgei (Modern Crafts) to provide a general view of modern form creation for the tea ceremony.

The extensive development of Japanese crafts has been closely related to the tea ceremony. In modern times, artist have been creating excellent vessels for the ceremony making free use of diverse materials. Many tea utensils demonstrate originality in their forms and design as “expressive utensils” that convey the makers’ ideas, or as utensils “likened” to something else by users.

Presenting tea utensils by modern masters including bearers of important intangible cultural property (living national treasures), this exhibition illustrates changes in forms and styles of beauty during the Taisho (1912–1926), the Showa (1926–1989) and the Heisei (after 1989) periods. In addition, a temporary “tea room” offers an opportunity to appreciate the combination of the interior and the utensils.


Gallery Talk

Date:  December 18, 25, 2016, and February 12, 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00

Free Program ( But Museum admission required. ) *Offered in Japanese only


Touch & Talk: Guided by Volunteer Staff Members

14:00-15:00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibition periods.

Free Program ( But Museum admission required. ) *Offered in Japanese only

English guide is available upon request.


Looking at craft pieces, you may wonder what they are made of, or how they are made. You may also want to touch them. To meet such requests, Touch & Talk programs are given at the Crafts Gallery by twenty-seven volunteer guides. Since pieces and topics in focus vary each time offered, you can enjoy participation any number of times. We look forward to your joining us.

Hours & Admissions

Crafts Gallery
December 17, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017), December 28, 2016-January 1, 2017 and January 10, 2017
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adult ¥210(100)
Student(college/university) ¥70(40)

*All prices include tax.
Free for high school students, under 18, seniors(65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holders.
Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
Free Admission Days:
January 2, February 5, 2017
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Crafts Gallery

1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091


OPEN today

March 23, 2017 (Thu)
10:00 - 17:00
Last Admission : 16:30

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