Sleeping: Life with Art – From Goya and Rubens to Shiota Chiharu

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

poster for Sleeping: Life with Art – From Goya and Rubens to Shiota Chiharu
[Image: Peter Paul Rubens,Two Sleeping Children, c.1612-13, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo]

Ends in 80 days

Sleep is not only an essential part of human life, but it has also fueled artists creativity. Presenting 120 works of various genres, including paintings, prints, sketches, photographs, three-dimensional works, and videos, this exhibition asks the viewer to consider how each work expresses the theme of sleep and what it might be trying to convey.

Works of art produced on the theme of sleep will give us hints about our everyday doubts and worries from perspectives different from those we have while waking.



from November 25, 2020 to February 23, 2021
Until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Open on January 11. Closed on December 28 to January 1 and January 12.


Adults ¥1200; University Students ¥600; High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
fridays closing at 20:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Closed on the new year holidays and during changing exhibitions. On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open but closed on the following Tuesday.


Address: 3-1 Kitanomaru Koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322
Phone: 03-5777-8600

3 minute walk from exit 1b at Takebashi Station on the Tozai line, 11 minute walk from exit 4 at Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon and Tozai lines.

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