Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

The Window: A Journey of Art and Architecture through Windows



Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)


Windows are all too familiar to everyone. They let light and wind in the room while protecting us from coldness and heat. Through them we can have a fresh view of the outside world while indoors.

This exhibition, organized jointly with the Window Research Institute that advocate “windowology,” focuses on windows from various viewpoints. In addition to Henri Matisse’s paintings and cutting-edge contemporary art, the contents will include non-art topics such as the global history of windows. The galleries will showcase cross-genre exhibits including scenes by window loved and painted by artists, and useful tips about windows.

We hope we can offer an experience that enables you to see familiar windows differently after you leave the galleries.

Exhibition Catalogue

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)


November 1, 2019–February 2, 2020


10:00-17:00 ( Fridays and Saturdays open until 20:00 )
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.


Mondays (except November 4, December 2, 2019 and January 13, 2020); November 5, 2019; December 28, 2019–January 1, 2020; and January 14, 2020


Day ticket
Adults: ¥1,200( 900 )
College / University students: ¥700( 500 )

*Including the admission fee for MOMAT Collection.
*The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*High school age and under 18 are free of charge.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Combined Exhibitions ticket
Adults: ¥1,500
College / University students: ¥800
*A ticket for The Window and Special Display of Rediscovered Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town of Kaburaki Kiyokata, at a discounted rate.

November 3

Organized by

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Window Research Institute

Co-Organaized by

Tokyo Shimbun

Supported by

The Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Adam Mickiewicz Institute/ culture.pl/ jp

Assisted by

Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Polish Cultural Institute in Japan

Academic Adviser

Igarashi Taro (Professor, Tohoku University/ Architecture Historian and Critic/ Supervisor for Windowlogy)

Touring Date

Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, July 11–September 27, 2020

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