Yearly Calendar 2021

2021(January – December, 2021)

Talks & Tours in the Museum Collection Gallery
Schedule may be changed without notice.

Special Exhibition Gallery

Ayashii : Decadent and Grotesque Images of Beauty in Modern Japanese Art

Kainosho Tadaoto, Yokogushi (A Comb in the Side Hair), c. 1916, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

March 23–May 16, 2021
*Closed: Mondays (except March 29 and May 3) and May 6

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  Japan in the Meiji period (1868–1912) received Western knowledge and technology in every field. Inspired by the Western counterpart, Japanese art also adapted itself to the new era.

  Many works produced under the circumstances contain expressions other than “simple beauty,” such as decadence, sensuousness, grotesqueness, and eroticism. Stirring controversy in the art world, this tendency reached the populace through art and illustrations for literature as the reflections of people’s desire and anxiety in a turbulent age. illustrations for literature
  This exhibition illustrates the trend with paintings, prints, and illustrations from magazines and books produced in the period from the mid-19th century until around 1930.



Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space

Kuma Kengo, V&A Dundee, 2018 ©Hufton+Crow

July 17–October 25, 2021
*Closed: Mondays (except July 26, August 2, 9, 30, and September 20), August 10 and September 21

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  This is a major solo exhibition of Kuma Kengo (b. 1954), one of the leading architects in modern Japan who has taken part in the design of the Japan National Stadium. As exemplified by V&A Dundee that opened in 2018 in Scotland and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places 2019,” his architecture fascinates people all over the world as places suggestive of publicness in the new era. This show classifies his works under five principles—hole, particle, softness, obliqueness, and time—and presents models, photographs, and commentaries by Kuma himself. It includes videos produced by artists from home and abroad including Takimoto Mikiya and Fujii Hikaru that captures the charm of Kuma’s architecture from a variety of perspectives, as well as “A Plan for Tokyo, 2020: Five Purr-fect Points for Feline Architecture,” a collaboration with Takram based on an analysis of urban life from cats’ point of view.





100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement

Slipware dish, England, late 18th century to the late 19th century, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

October 26, 2021–February 13, 2022
*Closed: Mondays (except January 10), December 27–January 1, and January 11

  What is heightening the interest in Mingei (lit. folk crafts)? Is it because of the rise in the interest in designing new ways of life? Or is it because of the interest in local color and handwork traditions that still survives in Japan? In any case, it is amazing that an aesthetic concept created a century ago still inspires people to this day—one created by Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji, and Kawai Kanjiro who noticed the beauty of daily utensils. Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Yanagi Soetsu’s death, this exhibition throws a new light on the ever-changing history of Mingei through more than 400 exhibits including daily utensils such as ceramics, textiles, woodwork, straw raincoats, and baskets selected from Mingei collections from every corner of Japan, folk paintings such as Otsu-e (lit. Otsu painting, named after the town of Otsu), and a wealth of contemporary materials including magazines, books, photographs, and films. We hope that a knowledge about the deep history of Mingei will help open up future possibilities for the movement.



Gallery 4

Hallucinating Lenses Primarily from the Museum Collection

March 23–May 16, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except March 29 and May 3 ) and May 6, 2021

 Cameras are thought to be devices that objectively reflect the world. When connected with photographers’ imagination, however, cameras—the mechanical eye different from the human eye—sometimes open the door to hallucination.
 Centering on Kawada Kikuji’s The Last Cosmology and Fukase Masahisa’s Ravens, this show explores another aspect of photography. You are invited to view this exhibition along with Ayashii: Decadent and Grotesque Images of Beauty in Modern Japanese Art being presented simultaneously.



*The exhibition schedule after the above dates will be updated in the future.



Collection Gallery

MOMAT Collection

 One of the largest collection exhibitions in Japan, MOMAT Collection  presents 200 works selected in each exhibition period from our collection of more than 13,000 items including Japanese- and Western-style paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos.

 As the only exhibition in Japan giving you an insight into Japanese art in and after the twentieth century at a single stroke, it offers diverse ways of appreciating art by changing exhibits after every exhibition period, and by giving small thematic exhibitions.

 To provide a comfortable experience in broad galleries, we offer spacious places for relaxation including A Room With a View  overlooking the Imperial Palace and areas near Tokyo Station, as well as various chairs.



March 23–May 16, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except March 29 and May 3 ) and May 6, 2021

■May 25–September 26, 2021

■October 5–February 13, 2022



*The exhibition schedule after the above dates will be updated in the future.




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April 19, 2021 (Mon)