Current Exhibitions

  • December 1, 2017 - February 18, 2018

Cherishing Nature

Masterpieces of Japanese Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection


List of works



Japanese culture loves changes and beauty in nature, and nature features prominently in its lifestyles and living enviroments. Japanese craft artists use natural materials to create beautiful forms as seen in the combinations of ceramics and overglaze enamels, yarns and dyeing and weaving techniques, lacquer and gold and silver maki-e. This exhibition presents masterpieces of modern Japanese crafts including Moriguchi Kako’s yuzen kimono, Akatsuka Jitoku’s maki-e inkstone box, and Kitahara Senroku’s curving metal box.

ITAYA Hazan Flower vase, Homulus lumulus design, underglaze colors (c.1929 private collection)

MUROSE Kazumi, Tea caddy, pine tree design, maki-e (2008)

MIYANAGA Tozan III, Mountain Dwellers Do Not Keep Count of Time (1992)


Artist Talk

Date:  December 17, 2017
Time: 14:00-15:00

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

Gallery Talk

Date: January 7, 2018
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(except January 3, 2018) 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 volunteer docent. 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 1, 2017 - February 18, 2018
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except December 4, January 8, February 12, 2018),
December 28, 2017 – January 1, 2018, January 9 and February 13, 2018
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults ¥250(200)
Students (college/university) ¥130(60)

*All prices include tax.

*Free for high school students, under 18, seniors(65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holders.

* Show your Membership Card of the MOMAT Supporters or the MOMAT Members to get free admission ( a MOMAT Members Card admits two persons free ).

*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

*Members of the MOMAT Corporate Partners are admitted free with their staff ID.
Free Admission Days:
December 3, 2017,
January 2, 7, February 4, 2018
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Crafts Gallery

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


OPEN today

January 18, 2018 (Thu)
10:00 - 17:00
Last Admission : 16:30

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