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[2017] Enjoy Tokyo's Autumn of Art: the Best Exhibitions in November

[2017] Enjoy Tokyo's Autumn of Art: the Best Exhibitions in November

Update: 7 November 2017

November in Tokyo is wonderful for a lot of reasons. The temperatures are mild, the sky is clear and blue, and colorful autumn leaves make every city stroll a special memory. And while you enjoy Tokyo’s fall scenery, why not spice up your day with some art?
November offers a great selection of art exhibitions, from the colorful creations of legendary Yayoi Kusama to the ancient, enigmatic art of Buddhist statues.

“Mr. Poster” – Yusaku Kamekura’s Works

“Mr. Poster” – Yusaku Kamekura’s Works

If you’ve never heard of Yusaku Kamekura, then you’ve really missed out on something so far. He is one of the main pioneers of Japan’s design world who has not only influenced it with his amazing creations but also made great efforts of establishing “Japanese graphic design,” for example by establishing the Japan Graphic Designers Association.
The “Mr. Poster” – Kamekura’s Works exhibition marks the milestone of 20 years after Yusaku Kamekura’s sudden passing in 1997. A lot of his most famous masterpieces are on display, works such as the “Nikkor Lens” and the “Yamagiwa,” giving a glimpse into the mind of one of Japan’s most famous design geniuses. With this intriguing works, Yusaku Kamekura has become famous all around the globe, so stepping into his world of design promises to be an art experience like no other.

Date: until November 2
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (until 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays)
Admission: free
Closed: open throughout the exhibition

  • NOEVIR GINZA Gallery
    ノエビア銀座ギャラリー
    • Address 7-6-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo-to 104-8208

Atsuhiko Misawa's Animal House: House of Enigmas

Atsuhiko Misawa's Animal House: House of Enigmas
三沢厚彦 Atsuhiko Misawa/Animal 2016-01/撮影:渡邉郁弘 Ikuhiro Watanabe

Atsuhiko Misawa is one of Japan’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. The master wood sculptor creates life-sized animals from logs of wood, using traditional woodcarving techniques while fashioning the animals in his very own modern and humorous way. “Atsuhiko Misawa's Animal House: House of Enigmas” is an especially amazing exhibition – a maze of Misawa’s creatures and critters, colorful and intriguing, arranged in a space that was designed by star architect Seiichi Shirai. Misawa himself uses this exhibition as a work space and keeps on creating his amazing beasts. Step into this enigmatic maze of animals and be enchanted by the unique atmosphere!

Date: October 7 (Sat) to November 26 (Sun)
Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays)
Admission 500 yen (regular)
Closed: October 10, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20

Unkei – The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Unkei – The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture
作品名:国宝 大日如来坐像,作者:運慶作,時代: 平安時代・安元2年(1176),所蔵先:奈良・円成寺蔵,写真:飛鳥園

Unkei is one of Japan’s most famous masters if Buddhist sculpting, leaving his prominent marks on the ancient Kamakura period. This exhibition does not only honor the amazing skills of this old master, it also commemorates the reconstruction of the Central Golden Hall of Kohfukuji Temple in Nara.
Making use of the large exhibition space of the Tokyo National Museum, each of the displayed statues can be experienced from every direction, in a total 360-degree view. No temple will offer you such a detailed, amazing look at its statues!
One of the highlights of Unkei – The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture is the fact that works by Unkei’s father and son are also on display, allowing you to trace his art and how it evolved through three generations of sculptors!

Date: September 26 (Sat) to November 26 (Sun)
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (open until 9:00 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and November 2)
Admission: 1,600 yen (regular)
Closed: Monday

  • Tokyo National Museum
    • Address 13-9, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5405-8686

Yayoi Kusama Museum: Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art

Yayoi Kusama Museum: Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art
©YAYOI KUSAMA

Yayoi Kusama – undoubtedly, she is one of the world’s most prominent and characteristic contemporary artists, having captured the hearts and minds of millions all around the globe with her mesh patterns and polka dot motifs. The Yayoi Kusama Museum opened in October 2017 to commemorate her amazing point of view and “Creation is a Solitary Pursuit, Love is What Brings You Closer to Art” is its inaugural exhibition.
Look forward to not only 16 works from her newest painting series “My Eternal Soul,” but also the “Love Forever” series, a new pumpkin, and an installation that Yayoi Kusama made especially for the museum.
(Please purchase times tickets online in advance for a 90-minute slot.)

Date: October 1 (Sun) to February 25 (Sun), 2018
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Admission: 1,000 yen (regular)
Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Van Gogh & Japan

Van Gogh & Japan

The great Vincent van Gogh, master of Dutch Impressionism, was fascinated by Japan and was profoundly influenced especially by ukiyo-e. The Van Gogh & Japan exhibition showcases about 40 oil paintings and drawings alongside about 50 ukiyo-e prints of Japanese masters of Gogh’s time. This offers a fascinating glimpse into the mutual fascination between the artists and the cultures. Come and discover both van Gogh and Japan from an entirely new, artistic perspective!

Date: October 24 (Tue) 2017 - January 8 (Mon, national holiday) 2018
Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (open until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, November 1, 2, and 4.)
Admission: 1,600 yen (1,300 yen) regular; 1,300 (1,100) for college students; 800 yen (600 yen) for high school students; 1,000 yen (800 yen) for seniors of 65 years and older.
※The prices in (parentheses) are the group price for 20 people and more.
※Free admission for junior high students and younger.
※Advance ticket sale until October 23
Closed: Mondays, December 31, January 1
※The museum is open on January 8.

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    • Address 8-36, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / JR Ueno Tokyo Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3823-6921

メイン画像:©YAYOI KUSAMA

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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