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Tokyo Art Guide

A metropolis that boasts a population of more than 13 million inhabitants, Tokyo has an extremely rich contemporary art scene. The capital of cool has been home to Art Fair Tokyo since 1992, showcasing leading Japanese and global galleries.

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Tokyo's Galleries and Museums

Scattered around the metropolitan area are Tokyo's notable galleries and art museums, from Nanzuka in the busy Shibuya special ward, Blum & Poe in the lively Harajuku district, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in Kiba Park, to Yumiko Chiba Associates and Yayoi Kusama Museum in Shinjuku.

The districts of Tokyo are well-known for their clusters of independent and commercial art gallery spaces. In Roppongi, the Piramide Building is home to several leading galleries such as Ota Fine Arts, Perrotin, Wako Works of Art, and Yutaka Kikutake Gallery. Nearby, a triad of influential art galleries consisting of Taka Ishii Gallery, Tomio Koyama Gallery, and ShugoArts is located within the Complex 665 building, first opened to the public in 2016. A few blocks down the road, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film is housed on the second floor of the Axis building.

Nestled together in Tennōzu Isle are a number of Tokyo's prominent galleries, such as Kodama Gallery, Kosaku Kanechika, and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery, located in the TERRADA Art Complex. SCAI The Bathhouse, whose main gallery space is located in Yanaka, has also opened a space in the TERRADA Art Complex, and named it SCAI PARK.

Art Triangle Roppongi

Roppongi, along with the neighbouring districts of Azabu-juban, Hirō, and Akasaka, is largely known as a popular nightlife district. Developments of Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown have reconsidered the reputation of the area as a cultural centre as well. Three of the biggest museums of the area are collectively known as the 'Art Triangle Roppongi' or ATORO (アトロ) and consists of the Mori Art Museum, Suntory Museum of Art, and The National Art Center.

Mori Art Museum

Located in the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, which stands at 238 metres—one of the tallest buildings in the city—is the Mori Art Museum, immediately below the top observation deck. The Mori Art Museum is well acclaimed internationally for hosting outstanding contemporary art exhibitions with a focus on new artistic ideas. Louise Bourgeois' bronze-cast sculpture, titled Maman (1999), is installed in the 66 Plaza of Roppongi Hills, right in front of Mori Tower.

The Hara Art Museum and More

Not far from the Complex, the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art is located in the nearby residential area of Shinagawa. Designed in a Bauhaus style by renowned Japanese architect, Jin Watanabe, the building was originally built as a private residence of the Meiji-era industrialist Kunizo Hara. The museum is home to a permanent collection of contemporary artworks by Alexander Calder, Yasumasa Morimura, Mark Rothko, Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Lee Ufan among many others. Even though it was one of the of the first museums in Japan dedicated to contemporary art, the museum is set to be closed down at the end of 2020.

To the north-west, the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is located in Ebisu district, while the Meguro Museum of Art and the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum are located in Meguro district, on either side of the Meguro River respectively.

With an astounding selection of museums, commercial galleries, and artist-run spaces spreads all around the ever-changing and vast city, Tokyo is both exhilarating and challenging to explore.


Current Exhibition | Tokyo
23 September–7 November 2020
Asuka Anastacia Ogawa
Blum & Poe, Tokyo View Exhibition
Courtesy Blum & Poe.
Asuka Anastacia Ogawa
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
17 September–10 October 2020
Koichiro Takagi

Infinite Light

MAKI, Omotesando, Tokyo View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Koichiro Takagi, Infinite Light, MAKI, Omotesando, Tokyo (17 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy MAKI, Omotesando, Tokyo.
Infinite Light
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
16 September–24 October 2020
Jean-Michel Othoniel

“夢路” DREAM ROAD

Perrotin, Tokyo View Exhibition
“夢路” DREAM ROAD
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
12 September–10 October 2020
Group Show

ShugoArts Show

ShugoArts, Tokyo View Exhibition
Exhibition view: ShugoArts Show, ShugoArts, Tokyo (12 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy ShugoArts, Tokyo.
ShugoArts Show
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
11 September–17 October 2020
Mariko Mori

Central

SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo View Exhibition
Mariko Mori, Radiant Being IV (2019). UV cured pigment, dibond and aluminium. Edition 2/5 + 2AP. 172.72 × 172.72 × 7.62 cm. Courtesy SCAI The Bathhouse.
Central
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
8 September–10 October 2020
Yuki Onodera

TO Where

Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Yuki Onodera, TO Where, Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo (8 September–10 October 2020). Courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo.
TO Where
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
5 September–24 October 2020
Kaz Oshiro

Republic

MAKI, Tennoz, Tokyo View Exhibition
Republic
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
28 August–26 September 2020
Tomoo Gokita

MOO

Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo View Exhibition

Exhibition view: Tomoo Gokita, MOO, Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo (18 August–26 September 2020). Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo. Photo: Kenji Takahashi.

MOO
Current Exhibition | Tokyo
28 August–26 September 2020
Masayuki Shioda

Retinagazer

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, Tokyo View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Masayuki Shioda, Retinagazer, Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo. Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo. Photo: Kenji Takahashi.
Retinagazer
Upcoming Exhibition | Tokyo
3–31 October 2020
Ittetsu Matsuoka

Yasashiidake

Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, Tokyo View Exhibition
Ittetsu Matsuoka, Yasashiidake 2 (2019) (detail). C-print. 120 x 80 cm. © Ittetsu Matsuoka. Courtesy Taka Ishii Gallery.
Yasashiidake
Upcoming Exhibition | Tokyo
5 November–31 December 2020
Claire Tabouret
Perrotin, Tokyo View Exhibition
Courtesy Perrotin.
Claire Tabouret

Current Exhibitions In Tokyo

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Contemporary art exhibition, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa, Asuka Anastacia Ogawa at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
23 September–7 November 2020 Asuka Anastacia Ogawa Blum & Poe, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Koichiro Takagi, Infinite Light at MAKI, Tokyo
17 September–10 October 2020 Koichiro Takagi Infinite Light MAKI, Omotesando, TokyoOmotesando, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Jean-Michel Othoniel, “夢路” DREAM ROAD at Perrotin, Tokyo
16 September–24 October 2020 Jean-Michel Othoniel “夢路” DREAM ROAD Perrotin, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Show, ShugoArts Show at ShugoArts, Tokyo
12 September–10 October 2020 Group Show ShugoArts Show ShugoArts, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Mariko Mori, Central at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
11 September–17 October 2020 Mariko Mori Central SCAI The Bathhouse, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Yuki Onodera, TO Where at Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
8 September–10 October 2020 Yuki Onodera TO Where Yumiko Chiba Associates, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Kaz Oshiro, Republic at MAKI, Tokyo
5 September–24 October 2020 Kaz Oshiro Republic MAKI, Tennoz, TokyoTennoz, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Tomoo Gokita, MOO at Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo
28 August–26 September 2020 Tomoo Gokita MOO Taka Ishii Gallery, TokyoTokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Masayuki Shioda, Retinagazer at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo
28 August–26 September 2020 Masayuki Shioda Retinagazer Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, TokyoPhotography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Ittetsu Matsuoka, Yasashiidake at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Tokyo
3–31 October 2020 Ittetsu Matsuoka Yasashiidake Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film, Photography / Film, TokyoPhotography / Film, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Claire Tabouret, Claire Tabouret at Perrotin, Tokyo
5 November–31 December 2020 Claire Tabouret Perrotin, TokyoTokyo

Ocula Member Galleries In Tokyo

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Blum & Poe contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Blum & Poe Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo
MAKI contemporary art gallery in Omotesando, Tokyo, Japan MAKI Tokyo
MAKI contemporary art gallery in Tennoz, Tokyo, Japan MAKI Tokyo
Perrotin contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Perrotin Hong Kong, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Tokyo
ShugoArts contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan ShugoArts Tokyo
Taka Ishii Gallery contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Taka Ishii Gallery Tokyo, Hong Kong
Taro Nasu contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan Taro Nasu Tokyo
The Club contemporary art gallery in Tokyo, Japan The Club Tokyo

Contemporary Institutions In Tokyo

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