TOP Collection Reading Images: The Stories of Four Places

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

poster for TOP Collection Reading Images: The Stories of Four Places
[Image: Ikko Narahara, from "Human Land" 1954-57]

Ends in 17 days

The TOP Collection is an exhibition that presents works from the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum Collection. This year’s theme is “reading images.” We will be thinking about the visual images in the works and how they might be interpreted. Using individual photographs and series made up of multiple pictures, which were specially selected from the museum’s collection of over 35,000 items, we will focus on the story told by each of the works. As we shed light on the underlying meaning and relationship between the works, and turn our attention to the universal narrative that is contained in the photographic medium itself, we invite visitors to engage in the rich viewing experience of reading images. The first part of the exhibition, starting in the spring, deals with the stories of four places. The artists looked carefully at a place or region, and in addition to capturing the specific way of life, landscape, and events that occurred there, they apprehended the essence of hidden things and universal meanings that dwelled beyond real phenomena, and composed their works out of photographs and texts. In this exhibition, we examine four approaches that are closely connected to these places and focus on the expansive narrative world that arises from each of them.



from May 14, 2019 to August 04, 2019


Adults ¥500, University Students ¥400, High School & Junior High Students and 65 & Up ¥250

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
thursdays closing at 20:00, fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on a public holiday Monday but closed the following day. Closed during the New Years holidays.


Address: Yebisu Garden Place, 1-13-3 Mita, Meguro-ku, 153-0062 Tokyo
Phone: 03-3280-0099 Fax: 03-3280-0033

7 minute walk from the East Exit of Ebisu Station on the JR Yamanote and Hibiya lines.

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