'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

Nov 27, 2014

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closing its fifth- and sixth-floor exhibition rooms for renewal (to reopen on March 28 next year) but it stresses that this will not have a negative effect on its current exhibition. Instead, it’s bringing most of the permanent exhibits to ...

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

Nov 27, 2014

'Group Show of Contemporary Artists 2014'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In support of the activities of up-and-coming artists across the country, Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is holding its third edition of “Group Show of Contemporary Artists,” an exhibition separated into six different themes that this year include the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, ...

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

Nov 20, 2014

'Otomo Yoshihide: Between Music and Art'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The work of sound artist Yoshihide Otomo, who is best known recently for his score for the 2013 hit TV drama “Amachan,” is being showcased in this exhibition designed to explore the strong relationship between music and art. Otomo’s 2008 installation, “Quartets,” takes place ...

Treasures worth standing in line for

Nov 20, 2014

Treasures worth standing in line for

by C.B. Liddell

There is a fundamental problem with the Tokyo National Museum (TNM), which I come up against time and time again. In a nutshell, the venue is too big for its exhibits and too small for its audience. This is underlined yet again by the ...

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

Nov 20, 2014

'Rei Naito: The Emotion of Belief'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After three years of renovation work, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is reopening on Nov. 22 with an additional wing, which will be the venue for the museum’s new lineup of contemporary art, videos and performing-arts projects. The wing’s inaugural exhibition features contemporary ...

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

Nov 13, 2014

'Narahara Ikko: Domains'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

It has been 56 years since photographer Ikko Narahara’s early masterpiece “Oukoku (Kingdom)” (1958) has been shown in Tokyo. This collection of images, “Domains” was first published in 1958, and features photographs taken at a monastery alongside those taken at a women’s prison — ...