With April as the start of the new fiscal year in Japan, a number of new art exhibitions and “art experiences” are opening in April and May 2018.
Here are a few (date order) ...
Tokyo National Museum
Often considered a “Gateway to Japanese Culture,” the Tokyo National Museum, located within Ueno Park, itself famous for its vast number of blossoming cherry trees, houses a plethora of historic Japanese and Asian Art. The exhibition: Echoes of a Masterpiece: The Lineage of Beauty in Japanese Art celebrates the 130th anniversary of Kokka, a periodical of Oriental art that was first issued in October 1889. Kokka's mission was to challenge the primacy of Western art in Meiji Japan. The exhibition brings together approximately 120 works – including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties – to uncover the stories surrounding their creation, explore their shared aesthetic, and study the influence they exerted on one another.
Dates: April 13-May 27, 2018
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Yokoyama Taikan: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth, is the blockbuster exhibition coming to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. He is most renowned for his more than 1,500 paintings of Mt. Fuji and and Metempsychosis, a more than forty-meter long sumi ink scroll.
Dates: April 13-May 27, 2018
The Nezu Museum of Art
The Nezu Museum houses the pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art collection of Nezu Kaichirō (1860-1940), who was a prominent businessman and a former president of the Tōbu Railway Co., Ltd.. The upcoming spring special exhibition is: Kōrin and Kenzan: Brother Artists, Resonating Aesthetics. Ogata Kōrin (1658-1716) elevated the decorative tradition in Japanese art to the level of contemporary design. In his Irises, he applied designs for use on kosode kimono to the large picture plane of a pair of folding screens. Kōrin’s younger brother Kenzan (1663-1743) was a ceramic artist who launched new trends in the world of ceramics.
Dates: April 14-May 13, 2018
Nerima Art Museum
The Nerima Art Museum's mission is to present “the art of now” to the visitors of today. It strives to discover new art and fresh talent. Their spring exhibition features 90-year-old Tats Ikeda, a famous Japanese avant-garde artist, who experienced the end of WWII, while he was a Kamikaze pilot trainee. His unique artwork reflects social movements of Post War Japan through today.
Dates: April 26-June 17, 2018
Yamatane Museum of Art
The 52-year-old Yamatane Museum of Art is the first museum to specialize in Nihonga painting. Nihonga uses mineral pigments – including gold and/or silver, washi paper, and other natural materials to depict natural and seasonal subjects. The next special exhibition will be The Rimpa School: From Tawaraya Sōtatsu (17th C) to Tanaka Ikkō (20th C).
Dates: May 12-July 8, 2018
Roppongi Art Night
This-all-night-long-beyond-dawn art event in Roppongi, includes all the major area art venues: Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Midtown, Suntory Museum, 21-21 Design Sight, National Museum, and more with additional outdoor installations and live performances.
Dates: May 26-27, 2018
For more information on museum and museum exhibitions in Tokyo, visit the Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau's website at www.GoTokyo.org and also explore Tokyo's brand site at www.tokyotokyo.jp.