Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present

The National Art Center, Tokyo

poster for Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present
[Image: Left: Hokusai Katsushika "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (The Great Wave off Kanagawa)" (Edo Period, Kuboso) Right: Kotobuki Shiriagari "The Earth as Seen from the Sun from the series Nearly 36 Somewhat Ridiculous Views" (2017)]

Starts in 26 days

*The National Art Center, Tokyo was to be closed between February 29 (Sat) and March 15 (Sun), to prevent the further spreading of the coronavirus disease (COVID-2019).
However, in compliance with the government’s renewed request, the temporary closing period has been extended for the time being.

This exhibition unites works by contemporary artists working at the forefront of art, photography, design, and architecture with masterpieces of classic Japanese art. Along with pieces by legendary Edo Period figures such as Enku, Kenzan, Shohaku, Sengai, Hokusai, and outstanding examples of flower-and-bird paintings, swords and Buddhist statuary, the exhibition presents works by eight important contemporary Japanese artists: Kawauchi Rinko, Konoike Tomoko, Shiriagari Kotobuki, Suga Kishio, Tanada Koji, Tane Tsuyoshi, Minagawa Akira, and Yokoo Tadanori. This integrated approach promises to shed light on artistic and spiritual similarities and affinities concealed within the creative work of the ancient and modern era.



from June 24, 2020 to August 24, 2020


Adults ¥1700, University Students ¥1100, High School Student ¥700, Junior High School Students and Under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00, saturdays closing at 20:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Note:On a Public Holiday Tuesday, the museum is open, but closed on the following Wednesday.


Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Phone: 03-5777-8600

Direct walk from exit 6 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line, 4 minute walk from exit 7 at Roppongi Station on the Hibiya or Toei Oedo line.

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