Taro Okamoto Memorial museum - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Taro Okamoto Memorial museum. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Art of the Sun - Tarō Okamoto’s Public Art

    Art of the Sun - Tarō Okamoto’s Public Art

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2019-02-27 - 2019-06-23

    Tarō Okamoto thought that art should be available to all, that it should be shared by everybody in the same way that the sun is and he left numerous works that question the nature of art. This is a common...More »

  • poster for Living Moment by Moment: Taro Okamoto and Jazz

    Living Moment by Moment: Taro Okamoto and Jazz

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Sound
    • 2018-10-17 - 2019-02-24

    The contemporary artist Taro Okamoto believed in living in the moment – clinging to neither the past or the future – and found that jazz embodied this sentiment perfectly with its enthusiasm, thrills,...More »

  • poster for Naoki Yamamoto “Corpse Reviver Taro ver.”

    Naoki Yamamoto “Corpse Reviver Taro ver.”

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Installation - Performance Art
    • 2018-06-13 - 2018-07-02

    The theme of the work for this exhibition is “reviving Taro Okamoto”. This is achieved in four steps. The first is to project a portrait of Okamoto onto paper using light. Second, is to outline Okamoto’s...More »

  • poster for The Road to Tower of the Sun

    The Road to Tower of the Sun

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2018-05-30 - 2018-10-14

    Taro Okamoto’s Tower of the Sun was reopened in March 2018. While the last exhibition looked back on the years through the present from 1967, when the tower was designed for the 1970 Osaka Expo, this show...More »

  • poster for Tower of the Sun 1967-2018: What Did Taro Okamoto Question?

    Tower of the Sun 1967-2018: What Did Taro Okamoto Question?

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2017-10-13 - 2018-05-27

    In March 2018, Taro Okamoto’s themed pavilion titled “Tower of the Sun,” which became the symbol of the Osaka Expo ‘70, will finally be reborn. Taking advantage of the opportunity presented by seismic...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto’s Tohoku

    Taro Okamoto’s Tohoku

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    • Media: Drawing - Photography
    • 2017-07-01 - 2017-10-09

    In 1957 contemporary artist Taro Okamoto made his first trip to Japan’s northern Tohoku region in search of the essence of Japanese culture. Discovering a vitality and wellspring of culture with parallels...More »

  • poster for 20th Taro Award: 20 Enfants Terribles

    20th Taro Award: 20 Enfants Terribles

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    • 2017-03-12 - 2017-06-18

    Left alone following Taro Okamoto’s death, his wife Toshiko proved much more resilient than many feared, and she believed that it was her job to transmit a knowledge of Taro’s work to the next generation...More »

  • poster for Noritaka Tatehana “The Aesthetics of Magical Power”

    Noritaka Tatehana “The Aesthetics of Magical Power”

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2016-11-03 - 2017-03-05

    Taro Okamoto is an exceptional artist who goes far beyond my comprehension and makes me want to think that he himself is the magic. All his life, Taro never sold his work with his own hands. For Taro,...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa

    Taro Okamoto’s Okinawa

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2016-07-06 - 2016-10-30

    In November 1959 Taro Okamoto visited to Okinawa whilst it was still under US control. He came to the islands for a long awaited rest. Yet as he arrived the scene before his eyes removed all thoughts of...More »

  • poster for 18th Taro Okamoto Award - Toshiko Okamoto Award Winner - Tomoko Hisamatsu

    18th Taro Okamoto Award - Toshiko Okamoto Award Winner - Tomoko Hisamatsu

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-04-08 - 2016-04-28

    Tomoko Hisamatsu here attempts to enter into a confrontation with Okamoto. Just as Okamoto confronted the trends of modernism and progressivism by bursting his “Tower of the Sun” through the great roof...More »

  • poster for The Dignity of Life – Taro Okamoto’s Jomon

    The Dignity of Life – Taro Okamoto’s Jomon

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2016-03-02 - 2016-07-03

    Experience the artwork of Taro Okamoto together with pottery from Japan’s ancient Jomon period (14,000–300 BC) in the first exhibition of Jomon artifacts at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum. Curated by...More »

  • poster for Confronting the Tower of the Sun!

    Confronting the Tower of the Sun!

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    • Media: Architecture - Sculpture
    • 2015-10-28 - 2016-02-28

    A unique exhibition that draws upon diverse ideas about architecture and space based on encounters with Taro Okamoto’s “Tower of the Sun.” The open-call period held from September 7th through September...More »

  • poster for The Trees of Taro Okamoto

    The Trees of Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2015-06-17 - 2015-10-25

    Throughout Taro Okamoto’s oeuvre the motif of the tree is seen to appear again and again in a symbol of the dynamism of life, the energy to which humankind should strive and the origins of creation, here...More »

  • poster for Saeborg “Hisss”

    Saeborg “Hisss”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation - Performance Art
    • 2015-05-27 - 2015-06-14

    “Life Forms,” The Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in Aoyama, Tokyo, presents “Hisss,” the second installment of the two-part special artist’s exhibition for the 17th Taro Okamoto Contemporary Art Award. The...More »

  • poster for Kyun-Chome “I Want to be Born Under the Sun Again”

    Kyun-Chome “I Want to be Born Under the Sun Again”

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2015-04-01 - 2015-04-20

    Artist Kyun-Chome was surprised to find Taro Okamoto’s private notebooks contained plenty of dark statements such as “I wish I’d never been born.” A shadow hung over Okamoto’s playful eye, bold use of...More »

  • poster for The Living Forms of Taro Okamoto

    The Living Forms of Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2015-02-18 - 2015-06-14

    Taro Okamoto was an artist devoted to “life”. Even his famed Sun Tower was based upon the Tree of Life. This exhibition showcases his private models for the Tree of Life and his numerous renderings of...More »

  • poster for The Words of Taro Okamoto

    The Words of Taro Okamoto

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    • 2014-10-01 - 2015-02-15

    During the course of his life, Taro Okamoto published a huge number of books and other writings. It is probably true to say that there has never been another artist who devoted so much enthusiasm to words....More »

  • poster for One Night Illusion - Special Event

    One Night Illusion - Special Event

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    • Media: Media Arts
    • 2014-09-13 - 2014-09-14

    The annual “One Night Illusion” returns again to the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum this year filling the museum and surrounding garden with fantastical moving image spaces based on the theme of “awakening”....More »

  • poster for The Eye of Taro Okamoto

    The Eye of Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-07-02 - 2014-09-28

    Following Okamoto’s endless pursuit of “life” in an exhibition of 50 works featuring the motif of eyes, highlighting the power of the line of vision.More »

  • “The Crale of Creativity - The Studio of Taro Okamoto”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-03-15 - 2014-06-30

    Examining the Junzo Sakakura designed studio of Taro Okamoto which came to be the birth place of so many creations over a period of nearly 40 years, with oil paintings, sculptures and even furniture produced...More »

  • poster for Hiromichi Ishiyama “Alien Vision × Taro Vision”

    Hiromichi Ishiyama “Alien Vision × Taro Vision”

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2013-12-04 - 2013-12-23

    An exhibition of new work from the recipient of the Toshiko Okamoto Award. Here Taro Okamoto and an alien creature board upon a space train and depict their particular visions of Earth and human kind.More »

  • poster for Tomohiro Kato “Iron and the Sun”

    Tomohiro Kato “Iron and the Sun”

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-11-06 - 2013-11-25

    Drawing upon the role and meaning of iron, with its physicality, texture and weight, Tomohiro Kato has developed a series of “Prison” works, and here entraps the works of Taro Okamoto within such bars,...More »

  • poster for “Kayo - Illustrated by Taro Okamoto”

    “Kayo - Illustrated by Taro Okamoto”

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    • Media: Illustration
    • 2013-07-31 - 2013-12-27

    This exhibition displays for the first time 54 original illustrations made by Taro Okamoto to accompany the serialized publication of Ango Sakaguchi’s novel “Kayo” in the Tokyo Shimbun. If we think of...More »

  • poster for PAVILION

    PAVILION

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-03-30 - 2013-07-28
  • poster for "Taro Exhumation" Exhibition

    "Taro Exhumation" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-10-31 - 2013-03-24

    [Image: Taro Okamoto "Inside the Room" (1951)]More »

  • poster for "One Night Illusion"

    "One Night Illusion"

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    • Media: Party - Performance Art
    • 2012-10-07 - 2012-10-07

    This one-night-only event features projections of Taro Okamoto's works in the garden, transforming it into a wondrous, illusory world. Starts at 18:30 (sunset).More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Playing with Cloth"

    Taro Okamoto "Playing with Cloth"

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    • Media: Photography - Fashion
    • 2012-06-27 - 2012-10-28

    This exhibition focuses on Okamoto's fondness for textiles – traditional Japanese yukata and obi sashes, as well as scarves, handkerchiefs, neckties and more. [Image: Yukata designed by Taro Okamoto...More »

  • poster for "50 Years of Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

    "50 Years of Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2012-02-29 - 2012-06-24

    This exhibition traces the path of Okamoto's painting career through a selection of works that ranges from his Electric Shock series, made just after WWII, to his God of Thunder works, created during his...More »

  • poster for Kenji Yanobe "Sun Child, Child of Taro"

    Kenji Yanobe "Sun Child, Child of Taro"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2011-10-28 - 2012-02-26

    The last in a series of events held to commemorate the 100th birth anniversary of Taro Okamoto, this exhibition showcases the work of Kenji Yanobe, who grew up playing on the site of the 1970 Osaka World...More »

  • poster for "Another Taro" Exhibition

    "Another Taro" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
    • 2011-06-29 - 2011-10-23

    Exhibition of sketches and drawings of the people close to Taro Okamoto. The works are in the realist vein, surprising for Okamoto, revealing a new, up-till-now not known dimension to the artist. [Image:...More »

  • poster for "Tree of Life" Exhibition

    "Tree of Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2011-02-23 - 2011-06-26

    This exhibition showcases a 1:20 reproduction of a sculpture plastered over with 300 living creatures tracing the process of evolution that was first shown at the Osaka World Expo in 1970.More »

  • poster for "Garbled Words" Exhibition

    "Garbled Words" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Graphics
    • 2010-11-03 - 2011-02-20

    Works by talented calligrapher that tackle the subject of legendary Japanese artist Taro Okamoto and his noble pursuit of the truth through art, plus paintings by Okamoto himself. [Image: Koji Kakinuma...More »

  • poster for "Taro in the City" Exhibition

    "Taro in the City" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2010-06-30 - 2010-10-31

    Showcases murals, videos, original sketches and models for public art monuments scattered all over Japan by artist who believed that art was for the masses. Gallery talk (reservation not required) 14:00-14:20 July...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Eyes" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Eyes" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2010-03-03 - 2010-06-27

    This exhibition showcases a selection of photos taken by Taro Okamoto during his intensely focused travels through Japan in the 1950s and 60s, several cameras hanging from his neck. See website for...More »

  • poster for Aoyama Gokaicho 2009

    Aoyama Gokaicho 2009

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-11-06 - 2009-11-15

    Aoyama has been an area where the most progressive creators gathered to create new forms of expression. Even a casual visitor should be able to feel its creative energy. Aoyama Gokaicho 2009 is the final...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "Living Things"

    Taro Okamoto "Living Things"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-10-28 - 2010-02-28

    This exhibition showcases Okamoto's paintings on the theme of living things that exude a dynamic force of life. On view in conjunction with this exhibition are new works by Kurumi Wakaki and Yukie Osa,...More »

  • poster for "Surging Image" Exhibition

    "Surging Image" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2009-07-01 - 2009-10-25

    What comes first is an impulse to express "this". Then comes the passion to materialize the impulse. I hastily start drawing a sketch, driven by an urge to let out whatever is inside me. This is Taro...More »

  • poster for "Myth of Tomorrow -40 Years Since Its Completion" Exhibition

    "Myth of Tomorrow -40 Years Since Its Completion" Exhibition

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    • 2009-02-25 - 2009-06-28

    After 40 years since its completion in Mexico, Taro Okamoto's mural work "Myth of Tomorrow" reappeared in Shibuya in November 2008. It was five years ago when Taro's wife, Toshiko Okamoto, re-encountered...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto's Asobuji" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto's Asobuji" Exhibition

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    • 2008-12-03 - 2009-02-22

    Taro Okamoto left behind numerous works of calligraphy that bear imprints of his singular artistry . Categorized as neither calligraphy nor painting, this is one of the representative genres of this versatile...More »

  • poster for "Hands of Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

    "Hands of Taro Okamoto" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Product
    • 2008-09-03 - 2008-11-30

    Taro Okamoto produced many works with hands as their motif. He repeatedly created images of hands through various media, such as painting, sculpture, furniture and other products. For Okamoto, the hand,...More »

  • poster for "Tower of the Sun" Exhibition

    "Tower of the Sun" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2008-04-23 - 2008-08-31

    Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the museum, this exhibition sheds light on Taro Okamoto's "Tower of the Sun," a monument created for the Japan World Exposition held in 1970. The work symbolizes "the...More »

  • "Maya Maxx's Good Bye" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Performance Art
    • 2008-01-17 - 2008-04-20

    This is the last exhibition for painter Maya Maxx while being based in Japan, since she is soon moving to a foreign country. The first part of this exhibition is her live painting performance, scheduled...More »

  • poster for "Transparent Anger" Exhibition

    "Transparent Anger" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-11-07 - 2008-01-14

    Artist Taro Okamoto was known for his delightful and humorous character, but he also expressed his "anger" toward greedy human behaviors that cause injustice in society. Many of his paintings, including...More »

  • poster for "'Electric Shock' and its History" Exhibition

    "'Electric Shock' and its History" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2007-08-01 - 2007-11-04

    In November 2006, as museum staff were sorting out Okamoto's studio, the painting "Electric Shock" was found by chance. The painting was made in 1947, found with an old postcard hinting at the time. 1947...More »

  • poster for "Katsuki Tanaka's Taro Beam!" Exhibition

    "Katsuki Tanaka's Taro Beam!" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks - Performance Art
    • 2007-04-26 - 2007-07-29

    This memorial museum attempts to create new types of exhibition. The first stage is to have a series of guest curators organize exhibitions. After Noi Sawaragi and Koichi Watari, the 3rd and final exhibition...More »

  • poster for "In Search of Invisible Horizons" Exhibition

    "In Search of Invisible Horizons" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-01-27 - 2007-04-22

    Following Noi Sawaragi's "To the Taro yet unknown", Koichi Watari of Watari Museum of Contemporary Art will try his hand at curating an Okamoto exihibition with artist Zon Ito. It is the first time that...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto "To the Taro yet unknown"

    Taro Okamoto "To the Taro yet unknown"

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2006-10-18 - 2007-01-21

    Toshiko Okamoto was the moving force behind the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum, where her will to tell Taro's story to the next generation has set the mood for everything. However, with Toshiko gone, the...More »

  • poster for Tomorrow's Myth - The Road to Revival

    Tomorrow's Myth - The Road to Revival

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-07-06 - 2006-10-15

    To complement the public display of 'Tomorrow's Myth' in Shiodome, Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum will give a detailed overview of the process they used to resurrect the painting, a project that his wife...More »

  • poster for Taro Okamoto's Graphics

    Taro Okamoto's Graphics

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2006-04-05 - 2006-07-03

    A new look at Taro Okamoto's world, this time through his graphic designs: posters, playing cards, clocks, neckties, tapestries, and much more. More »

  • poster for Message from Toshiko Okamoto

    Message from Toshiko Okamoto

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
    • 2005-10-05 - 2006-04-03

    In 1998, Toshiko Okamoto opened the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in memory of their life together. His atelier and salon are left unchanged, and more than thirty exhibitions have been held in the exhibition...More »

  • poster for Toshiko Okamoto's 60 years Exhibition

    Toshiko Okamoto's 60 years Exhibition

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    • 2005-07-09 - 2005-10-03

    On April 20, Toshiko Okamoto passed away. Her departure was too sudden. Her great personality will be missed. "My life was like a marathon with Taro Okamoto. There was no time for me to reflect on what...More »

  • poster for Transparent Reality Exhibition

    Transparent Reality Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing
    • 2005-04-06 - 2005-07-04

    It is hardly known that Taro Okamoto could draw in such a realistic manner. During the fierce struggles of post-war avant-garde art, there was no room for exposing such art. However, when drawing people's...More »

  • poster for Ashita No Shinwa Exhibiton

    Ashita No Shinwa Exhibiton

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-01-05 - 2005-04-04

    "Ashita No Shinwa" means "mythology of tomorrow" in Japanese. It is also the title of a Taro Okamoto's painting done in Mexico.More »

  • poster for Yuushuu - Taro Okamoto

    Yuushuu - Taro Okamoto

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2004-10-06 - 2004-12-27

    It is said that there artists' everything in their first work. Okamoto's art when he was 22 years old - one of his first works "Kuukan" has his lyrical has the feel of "yuushuu", the melancholy.More »

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