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KANTO

“Dialogues with Contemporary Art”

SETAGAYA ART MUSEUM;

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

Contemporary art is often considered cerebral and complex, leaving some museum-goers frustrated or baffled at trying to decipher what they see as random symbols. The Setagaya Art Museum aims to battle that perceived inaccessibility of modern art by encouraging visitors to not only learn how to uncover such hidden meanings, but also appreciate them.

Having undergone a major renovation in March, the museum is now taking advantage of its new look with a series of exhibitions showcasing works from its collection of contemporary paintings. This exhibition is part of a number of events to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Setagaya Ward; till Nov. 11.

Setagaya Art Museum; (03) 3415-6011; 1-2, Kinuta-koen, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo; Yoga Station, Tokyu Denentoshi Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Mon (except Oct 8), Oct 9. www.setagayaartmuseum.or.jp.