Duchamp and Japan: No rest for the urinal

Art Oct 28, 2018

Duchamp and Japan: No rest for the urinal

by John L. Tran

If you want someone to blame for Banksy's stunt of shredding "Girl With Balloon" after selling it for $1.4 million at auction, your prime suspect currently has a major retrospective at the Tokyo National Museum. Skepticism of the British graffiti artist's aesthetic value may not ...

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

Art Feb 14, 2017

Sharpen your knowledge of Japanese swords

by Alice Gordenker

If you've ever wanted to learn about Japanese swords, now's the time, as an unusually large number of top-quality blades are currently on view at two Tokyo museums. Either exhibition is well worth a visit but together they're dynamite. "Perfect Guide to Japanese Sword" at ...

'Eternal Treasures from Kasugataisha Shrine'

Art Jan 17, 2017

'Eternal Treasures from Kasugataisha Shrine'

by Yuki Yamauchi

Jan. 17-March 12 Registered in 1998 as a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Grand Shrine was built in the eighth century as a prayer offering for the protection of Heijokyo, (the capital of Japan, 710-784) and for the prosperity of its people. The Tokyo National Museum ...

Treasures worth standing in line for

Art 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 ...

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

Music Oct 23, 2014

Review: DJ Krush at the Tokyo National Museum

by James Hadfield

It's all in the location. For his sold-out Red Bull Music Academy show on Monday night, DJ Krush traded his regular clubland haunts for something a little fancier: the courtyard of the Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Gallery of Horyuji Treasures at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno. ...

'National Treasures of Japan'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Oct 9, 2014

'National Treasures of Japan'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Nearly 120 of Japan's National Treasures are being brought together for the Tokyo National Museum's third Heisei Era "National Treasures of Japan" exhibition, which this year also commemorates the 80th birthday of Emperor Akihito. Through important paintings, sculptures, decorative art objects, documents and other historical ...