Past Exhibition Collection Exhibition

Masterpieces of Modern Crafts from the Museum Collection―Special Display: Modern Tea Caddies



Crafts Gallery, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


Natsume (tea caddy) is one of familiar tea utensils because of its small size that fits in your palm, lightness, and pleasant feel. Tea caddies in various shapes have been produced to satisfy different tastes of many masters of tea ceremony.

On the other hand, some excellent forms have been selected, refined and made into models, such as the Rikyu style, with strict restrictions on sizes and shapes. In spite of the limitations, many modern crafts artists work on natsume as if charmed by the challenge of marrying function with beauty.

This display features natsume produced by modern lacquer artists and wood artists, as well as one hundred masterpieces of modern crafts illustrating the rivalry between function and beauty.


Gallery Talk


December 23, 2018

January 27, 2019



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

Touch & Talk: Guided by Volunteer Staff Members

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.


Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibition periods.



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

※Touch&Talk on January 2 is canceled.

●English guide is available upon request.

If you have a group of more than 5 people, an English-speaking volunteer staff will explain the exhibits to you and we will be able to provide a session in which the participants can actually touch the artworks. For further details, please refer to the “Touch & Talk” content.

Hours & Admissions


Crafts Gallery


December 21, 2018 – February 11, 2019


10:00 – 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.


Mondays (except December 24, 2018, January 14 and February 11, 2019); December 25, December 28, 2018 – January 1, 2019; January 15, 2019


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

January 2, January 6, February 3, 2019


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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