Past Exhibitions

  • September 13 - December 8, 2019

Japanese Bamboo Art from New York: The Abbey Collection

Gifts to The Metropolitan Museum of Art


List of works>> English Chinese Korean

Along with the international reappreciation of Japanese crafts, the beauty and expressive form of bamboo work is attracting global attention. Among others, the collection of Japanese bamboo work built by Mr. and Mrs. Abbey in New York is known as the Abbey Collection. The 2017 exhibition commemorating the promised donation of the collection to the Metropolitan Museum of Art attracted more than 470 thousand visitors and public attention. The first “homecoming” exhibition in Japan featuring the Abbey Collection, this show will 75 pieces selected from the collection along with modern masterpieces from the Crafts Gallery’s collection to illustrate the charm of free formal beauty of bamboo work.

The Abbey Collection, “Promised Gift of Diane and Arthur Abbey to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.”


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.

Date:  Wednesdays and Saturdays during exhibition periods.
Time:  14:00~15:00

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

●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
September 13, 2019 - December 8, 2019
10:00 - 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except September 16, 23, October 14, November 4, December 2, 2019); September 17, 24, October,15, November 5, 2019
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults ¥900(700)
Students (college/university) ¥500(350)
High school students ¥300(200)

*All prices include tax.

*Free for Junior high school students, Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Organized by:
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
With the Assistance of:
Ueki & Associés
With the Cooperation of:

Crafts Gallery

1-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0091


OPEN today

February 18, 2020 (Tue)
10:00 - 17:00
Last Admission : 16:30

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