Current Exhibitions

  • September 16 - December 4, 2022

Genreless kōgei


INAGAKI Toshijiro, Wall-hangings, "Tiger", stencil dyeing on cotton, 1960

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In recent years, crafts are reevaluated in a new context. Since the introduction of the Western concept of art to modern Japan pushed artifacts not recognized as paintings or sculpture into the newly created genre called kōgei, or crafts, artists have explored new expression until today, asking themselves what kōgei is. While critics also have thought about what kōgei should be, the advent of transportation networks and the Internet has begun to undermine traditional concepts of arts and crafts. Indeed, more and more artists are pursuing their own expression using crafts’ materials and techniques, not sticking to the conventional genres. At the same time, critics in fields other than crafts have begun to pay attention to their works, leading to increasing exposure of crafts.


This exhibition presents excellent crafts and designs from Japan and abroad primarily from our collection from the perspectives of design and contemporary art, rather than that of crafts. Presenting works in various forms ranging from vessels to objects, this show provides visitors with an opportunity to appreciate a broad range of expression utilizing crafts’ materials and techniques without caring about genres.

Hours & Admissions

National Crafts Museum
September 16, 2022 - December 4, 2022
9:30 - 17:30
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except September 19, October 10, 2022), and September 20, October 11, 2022
Advance ticket is recommended to avoid lines forming at the entrance.
Online purchase: 【e-tix】

Tickets can be purchased on site at the ticket counters, subject to their availability.
Adults ¥300 (250) / Students (college/university) ¥150 (70)
*The price in brackets is for discount coupon holders and group rate.
*Free for high school students, under 18, seniors (65 and over), and persons with disability and one person accompanying.
*All prices include tax.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
※October 16, and November 3, you can visit our exhibition for free. We have a limited number of entry.

National Crafts Museum

3-2 Dewamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa 920-0963


CLOSED today

November 28, 2022 (Mon)