Tokyo’s Best Spring Art Exhibitions

Lily Crossley-Baxter

Tokyo’s art scene is a thriving hub of local and international exhibitions and this spring is no exception.

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1. Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped his Brush

Suntory Museum of Art | Feb 6th–March 31st

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Having studied under renowned artists like Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Kyosai was known for his satirical paintings and love of Edo culture. His creative paintings often featured animals, spirits and playful characters as well as darker symbols. The exhibition marks the 130th anniversary if his death and will feature a broad spectrum of his work.

Entry: ¥1,300 for adults and ¥1,000 for students.

 Suntory Museum of Art

Address:Japan, 〒107-8643 Tōkyō-to, Minato-ku, Akasaka, 9 Chome−7−4 東京ミッドタウン ガーデンサイド
Phone:+81 3-3479-8600+81 3-3479-8600
Hours:10am - 6pm (open until 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays) Closed Tuesdays

2. Le Corbusier and the Age of Purism

National Museum of Western Art | Feb 6th–March 31st

Held in a building designed by the renowned architect himself, the exhibition focuses on the pure and streamlined style he was famed for. Considered one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, the Swiss architect was actually called Charles-Édouard Jeanneret and spent most of his time in Paris. Around 100 artworks by Le Corbusier and his contemporaries will be exhibited alongside contextual materials like magazines, films and architectural models.

Entry: ¥1,600

 National Museum of Western Art

Address:7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007, Japan
Hours:9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from mid-January to end of February), Fridays 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturdays Permanent Collection 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Special Exhibitions 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Closed Mondays

3. Lineage of Eccentrics: The Miraculous World of Edo Painting

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum | Feb 9th–April 7th

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Inspired by the similarly titled book by Nobuo Tsuji, this exhibition will look at the works of eight influential Edo-period artists known for their eccentric style. Artists Suzuki Kiitsu, Kano Sansetsu, Ito Jakuchu, Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Soga Shohaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Iwasa Matabei and Hakuin Ekaku will have peieces exhibited alongside additonal works of art. Focusing on the more bizarre and imaginative side of art, it is sure to be an entrancing exhibition.

Entry: Advance tickets ¥1,400 | At the door ¥1,600

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 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

tokyo metropolitan art museum
Address:8-36 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Hours:09:30 - 17:00

4. Roppongi Crossing 2019: Connexions

Mori Art Museum | Roppongi | Feb 9th – May 26th

Only held once every three years, this exhibition is an exploration of the conteporary Japanese art scene. In its fifth incarnation, it will showcase a selection of 20 artists focusing on the role of communication and connections in a world of social media, technology and travel.


 Mori Art Museum

Address:Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 6 Chome-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032, Japan
Hours:10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. every day except Tuesday (shuts at 5:00 p.m.)

5. Gustav Klimpt: Vienna Japan 1900

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum | April 23rd–July 10th

The largest display of Klimpt’s work in Japan so far, this exhibit marks 100 years since the artist’s death. A well-known figure in the European art world, Klimpt’s work was known for its opulent extravagence and fin de siecle eroticism. The works will represent the journey from naturalism to portraits to landscapes, supplemented by works inspired by the painter’s style.

Entry: Advance tickets ¥1,400 | At the door ¥1,600

 Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

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Address:8-36 Ueno-Koen Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Hours:09:30 - 17:00
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Tags: Art, Art Exhibition, Artists, Japanese Art, Museums, Tokyo Art Galleries
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