Art Library

Guide to the Art Library

About the Art Library

Art Library Reopening: Requests to Visitors

After a temporary closure since February 29 as one of anti-coronavirus measures, the Art Library of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is reopening its service on July 7 under an advance reservation system and with precautions against COVID-19.

Visitors to our library are asked to make an advance reservation separately from the art museum that requires a ticket for a reserved date and time.

See [here] for how to make a reservation.

 

Notices

  • 29/6/2020 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Art Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, by appointment only. See [here] for how to make a reservation.
  • 27/5/2020 About the Reopening of the Art Library
    The Art Library aims to reopen its service in July under an advance reservation system and with precautions against COVID-19. We will let you know as soon as our plans are set. Thank you for your understanding.
  • 13/3/2020 Now we have decided to extend the period of temporary closure for the time being to comply with the request from the government.
  • 10/3/2020 New content has been added to the English version of the Art Library web page.

 

About the Art Library

 Having been established in 1952 as Japan’s first national art museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is located in central Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace. It houses many Japanese masterpieces in various genres from the early 20th century to the present including works from abroad, and holds various exhibitions.

 Having opened in 2002 as a library specializing in modern art, the MOMAT’s Art Library collects, and provides public access to, a broad range of materials including art books, exhibition catalogues, and periodicals on art.

 Anyone hoping to consult our collection can use our library free of charge.

 

The library collection

  • Books about modern art
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Art related magazines

How to Search for Materials

MOMAT Art Library Collection Search

 

Archive Search

  * A request must be made in advance to access these materials.

 

Search for Exhibitions, Art Works, and Artists

 

About Museum Publications, etc.

 

About “The Art Library Consortium Search”

The Art Library Consortium (ALC) aims at supporting studies on art and art-related fields by promoting access to art research resources in Japan.

 

About External Databases

  • “Digitized Contents Transmission Service for Libraries” [At the MOMAT only] >> This is a digitalized document sending service for libraries (library sending) available at university and public libraries nationwide that allows users to obtain materials that would otherwise be difficult to obtain due to being out of print, etc. from a selection of materials digitalized by the National Diet Library. Service available since January 2019 (identity verification documents are required for access).
  • BHA and RILA >> Abstracts/index information for Western art in the Bibliography of the history of art (BHA) (1990-2007) and Repertoire de la litterature de l’arta (RILA) (1975-1989) have been integrated and can be searched simultaneously.
  • Search Tools and Databases >> This database allows you to access other digital resources including materials at the Getty Research Institute.
  • JSTOR [At the MOMAT only] >> JSTOR is an academic archive containing over 170 titles of art magazines managed by an American nonprofit foundation. (As of September 2019)
  • Oxford Art Online (OAO) [At the MOMAT only] >> OAO is an online version of The Dictionary of Art previously published by Grove. In addition to Grove Art Online, which contains the full text of The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms, and Benezit Dictionary of Artists can also be cross searched.
  • ARTbibliographies Modern (ABM) [At the MOMAT only] >> This is the only specialized source for bibliographic information about modern and contemporary art. The information covers all forms of art from painting to sculpture, photo and video art, body art, and even graffiti. ABM offers complete abstracts and indexes of articles created since the late 1960’s.
  • Arts & Humanities Database [At the MOMAT only] >> A compilation of several hundred titles related to art, architecture, design, history, philosophy, music, literature, drama, and cultural research. This database is designed to supplement the following indexes: ABM, DAAI, British Humanities Index, MLA International Bibliography and Philosopher’s Index, etc.
  • Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals (Avery) [At the MOMAT only] >> An index of articles relevant to the fields of architecture and urban planning. This is an index of journal articles related to architecture published since 1934 and covers topics such as architecture, architecture history, landscape design, urban planning, historical preservation, interior design, interior decoration, etc.
  • Design and Applied Arts Index (DAAI) [At the MOMAT only] >> A compilation of various articles related to design and crafts. Users can search journal articles, exhibition reviews, and news entries published between 1973 and today. This index covers a wide variety of fields including crafts, graphic design, fashion, interior, architecture, web design, animation, and landscape gardening.
  • International Bibliography of Art (IBA) [At the MOMAT only] >> This is a public online database of the successor to the most reliable source in the field, the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA). It continues to follow the BHA editorial policy. This database includes records created by the Getty Research Institute between 2008 and 2009 as well as a record newly created by ProQuest using the same thesaurus and reference files.

Past Events

Beyond the Awakening: Art in Asia Since 1990

  • Exhibited Materials: “Beyond the Awakening: Art in Asia Since 1990,” a project related to the “Awakenings: Art in Society in Asia 1960s–1990s” exhibition
  • Organized by: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Art Library, Japan Foundation Asia Center
  • Date: November 16 (Fri)–December 22, 2018 (Sat)
  • Place: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Art Library
  • Click here for details 
  • Click here for a list of exhibition materials (1.04 MB) (Also available on OPAC)

* This event has ended.

 

Archives of American Art (AAA) from A to Z

  • Public Lecture: Archives of American Art (AAA) from A to Z
  • Organized by: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
  • Sponsored by: Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research (Basic Research Program (B)): Program Number 26280125 (2014–2016)
       “Building a Database on Visual Arts in Collaboration with Art Research Institutions and Museums”
       (Representative: Marukawa Yuzo [National Museum of Ethnology]) / Keio University Art Center
  • Support: Japan Art Documentation Society/The Japan Society for Archival Science/The Japanese Council of Art Museums
  • Date: June 18 (Sat), 2016 Open: 12:00 pm Lecture: 12:30 pm–5:00 pm
  • Place: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo Auditorium
       Free to attend / Language: English (with consecutive interpretation)
  • Click here for details

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JAL Project 2016

In cooperation with the National Art Center, Tokyo; Tokyo National Museum; and Tokyo Research National Institute for Cultural Properties, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo launched the project for inviting, giving training to, and exchanging with, Japanese-art librarians from outside Japan 2016 (abbreviation: JAL Project) as a continuation of last year’s efforts.

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JAL Project 2015

In cooperation with the National Art Center, Tokyo; National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; and Tokyo Research National Institute for Cultural Properties, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo launched the project for inviting, giving training to, and exchanging with, Japanese-art librarians from outside Japan 2015 (abbreviation: JAL Project) as a continuation of last year’s efforts.

* This event has ended.

 

JAL Project 2014

In cooperation with the National Art Center, Tokyo; National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; and Tokyo Research National Institute for Cultural Properties, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo launched the project for inviting, giving training to, and exchanging with, Japanese-art librarians from outside Japan 2014 (abbreviation: JAL Project).

* This event has ended.

 

Others (previously created lists, etc.)

Reference List for Exhibition Catalogs [Test Version] 2nd ed. 6/23/2007
Art Magazines Feature Names/Table of Contents List 8/2014
Catalogue of Collections List

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