Current Exhibitions

  • May 21 - June 30, 2019

Where design is found―from the Museum Collection


List of works>> English

Do you know that the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo includes design works?

Since 1988, when the museum acquired works by designers including Christopher Dresser known as a pioneer of industrial design and Pierre Chareau renowned for his Art-Deco-style furniture, its design collection has grown steadily to comprise 192 industrial design and 776 graphic design works*. Through selected 120 design works with some craft works, this exhibition tries to answer the question “Where is design found?” from the viewpoints of borders, domains and time. While the word “design” has become common among us and is heard in different situations, its definition and implications vary depending on contexts, places and individuals. We hope this exhibition provides an opportunity to reconsider the elusive “design”

*as of March 31. 2019


Gallery Talk


 June 9(Sun), 2019

 June 23(Sun), 2019

Time:  14:00~15:00
Location:  2nd floor, Crafts Gallery

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


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

「Where design is found―from the Museum Collection」poster

Crafts Gallery
May 21, 2019 - June 30, 2019
10:00 - 17:00
※Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults ¥250(200)
Students (college/university) ¥130(60)

*All prices include tax.

*Free for high school students, under 18, seniors (65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holders.

* Show your Membership Card of the MOMAT Supporters or the MOMAT Members to get free admission ( a MOMAT Members Card admits two persons free ).

*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

*Members of the MOMAT Corporate Partners are admitted free with their staff ID.
Free Admission Days:
June 2, 2019
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Crafts Gallery

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


OPEN today

June 21, 2019 (Fri)
10:00 - 17:00
Last Admission : 16:30

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