If you're going to see big cartoon characters in an art gallery, the Mori Art Museum (MAM) is a good place to do it.

The museum's voluminous spaces lend themselves well to visually dramatic works that catch your attention in a flash before taking you aside to impart their particular concerns at greater length. For the 15th anniversary of "Roppongi Crossing," the venue's regular survey of contemporary art in Japan, the museum has decided MAM's gotta do what MAM's gotta do, and curate the exhibition completely in-house — a first for the event.

The result, titled "Connexions," is a collection of works that is bold and coherent as a complete show, but also has plenty of untameable oddity that makes it worthwhile to take your time over each piece.