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7 Tuesday, 21 February 2012 00:00
There is a Jackson Pollock exhibition at the The National Museum of Modern Art (the first Pollock exhibition in Japan) which is near Takebashi station on the Tozai line. You can catch it until early May 2012 and costs 1500 yen (free if it is your birthday and you can prove it) Here is the official word from the website
About the Exhibition
The first Pollock exhibition ever held in Japan

Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) altered the concept of painting
significantly by means of an original style and technique in which he sprinkled paint all over a canvas spread on the floor. The art he produced during his brief 44-yearlong lifetime enabled him to become the first American artist to win truly international fame and today he is recognized all over the world as a cultural hero of the United States.
Number 11,1949 1949 Indiana University Art Museum © 2011, Indiana University Art Museum
Number 11,1949
Indiana University Art Museum
© 2011, Indiana University Art Museum

Although Pollock has also been highly acclaimed in Japan, exhibitions fully covering his work have not yet been held here. This exhibition is held in commemoration of the centennial of Pollock’s birth. Comprised of works dating from his art student years, the acme during which he established his fame, and the later years when he was tormented by the decline in his creative ability, it is the first major exhibition tracing the great marks he left on the art world to be held in Japan.

There are works from foreign collections including major works belonging to the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Iran and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Together with all the works by Pollock that are currently known to be housed in Japan, approximately seventy works will be gathered under one roof. We hope you will take this rare opportunity to enjoy Pollock’s art to your heart’s content.
6 Monday, 20 February 2012 23:41
The annual Tokyo Art Fair will be held in 2012 between March 3oth and April 1st promises to build on the successes of the previous 5 events. It will be held in the Tokyo International Forum (near Yurakucho Station). Here is a message from the homepage (

We are pleased to announce that ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 will be held over in the coming cherry blossom season, and that for the second consecutive year we welcome Deutsche Bank Group as the Main Sponsor. The fair will present artworks from a range of genres and periods, including antiques, crafts, nihonga, modern art and the latest contemporary art as always, and will feature a total of the more than 160 participating galleries and cooperating partners from Japan and overseas.

This year, ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 is expanding our venue, taking up all of the Tokyo International Forum Exhibition Hall aiming for further development with fascinating programs and related-events. Launched in 2011 as an experimental exhibition, “Artistic Practices” becomes a special section this year retracing Japanese art history with high-quality works ranging from antiques to contemporary art and projects.

Having our international vision of “Tokyo as a city within Asia”, we proudly launch “Discover Asia” – a new section where prominent galleries from Asian major cities, such as Seoul, Taipei, and Beijing, participate at ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 along with museums and Japanese galleries that have been receiving an international acclaim.

In addition, as the “PROJECTS” section is setting up within the Exhibition Hall this year, the section not only features the usual participations of international young galleries, but has a new section, “project in PROJECTS”, which dynamically presents the large-scale works of the latest Asia-Pacific art going beyond the confines of a regular booth.

Through the course of the event, ART FAIR TOKYO 2012 hosts many original programs and new related-events in collaboration with the other creative industries, such as “food” and “fashion”.

It is our hope that all of you enjoy a unique experience to discover the joys of “purchasing art”.
5 Tuesday, 18 January 2011 23:05
Dear Sir/Madam,
RE: 3 British International Painters, The Singh Twins and Sudha Daniel - temporary group exhibition at your Gallery.
Could you please send us the direct Email address of your Gallery Curator to help us send you our exhibition proposal at your gallery as soon as possible. Our email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Thank you. S Daniel
4 Wednesday, 27 January 2010 21:39

Although this museum is set in the ultra-trendy fashion mecca Laforet in Harajuku, the Laforet is a fairly down-to-earth museum which hosts small film festivals, art installations and launch parties. Check it out after you have shoppeed yourself out.


3 Tuesday, 27 October 2009 00:00


Ginza Graphics Gallery

Ginza Graphic Gallery's forte are the excellent exhibitions
featuring graphic design and related artwork.It also hosts
a work shop and talks by visiing artists catering for all tastes
from those interested in typology to achitecture.
Here is a list of exhibitions held there in 2009:
The279thTadahito Nadamoto, Akira Uno, Makoto Wada and
Tadanori Yokoo SHOW September.

The278thLASTSHOW: Gan Hosoya’s Art Direction August.
The277th2009 ADC Exhibition July.
The276thMax Huber - a graphic designer June.alt
The275thKijuro Yahagi: Magnetic Vision/100 New Works May.
The274th'09 TDC Exhibition Apr.
The273rdDRAFT Exhibition: Branding and Art Directors Mar.
The272ndHelvetica Forever: Story of a Typeface Feb.alt
The271stBrilliant Rivalry:Works by Outstanding Designers in the DNP Archives of Graphic Design Jan.

Ginza Graphic Gallery
DNP Ginza Building 1st floor 7-2,
Ginza 7-chome, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0061
Ginza Graphic Gallery Access

2 Sunday, 12 April 2009 21:32
There's a contemporary Japanese photography gallery run by camera maker Contax in GInza. Exit 1 or 2 of the Maranouchi Ginza stattion.
1 Thursday, 08 January 2009 00:42
Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery of Tokyo is a good choice if you've got a free afternoon. It's in Ueno and is free to get in.
It's open every day except Mon from 9-5.
Here's what Tokyo Essentials have to say about it.

There's not a space to spare at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. From oil paintings to calligraphy, pottery and sculpture, this is the place where contemporary Japanese artists show off their work.

In total there are six galleries. The "Museum Gallery" is reserved for special exhibitions. The other five are hired out to various art groups. Exhibitions change periodically, so for latest details, check the listings magazine, Tokyo Metropolis:

If the artwork inside the museum requires a lot of interpretation, rest assured, it probably doesn't require half as much as buying your ticket! Minimalism has clearly been the big inspiration behind the presentation of information and signposts in English. Unless you've come with a specific exhibition in mind, great powers of guesswork will be called for. Don't worry though, whatever you choose you'll get a good overview, each gallery is usually crammed from floor to ceiling with a wide variety of work.

Each of the six galleries has a separate admission charge. Having guessed which gallery to go to, confusion is liable to strike. Trying to work out which ticket office to buy your ticket from, can be quite a task. However, keep your wits about you, pay special attention to the numbers written on the ticket booths and it will all become embarrassingly obvious! For example, to buy a ticket for Gallery 1, you need to go to ticket office number 1. Couldn't be more straight forward could it? But make sure you get this right. If you don't, the staff behind the counter are prone to becoming even more confused than you!

Don't forget to go upstairs! Once inside the gallery the exhibits are likely to be displayed on at least two floors. Signposting in English is again more or less non -existent, so advice remains - keep going up, until you can go no further.

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