Posted:Dec 27, 2023

Best Exhibitions Starting in January 2024

Tokyo Art Beat brings you a selection of the best exhibitions opening in Tokyo and beyond in January 2024.

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Tokyo Art Beat presents a selection of the best exhibitions opening in January 2024. Bookmark the exhibitions on the TAB website or TAB app and never miss the openings and closings.

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Van Gogh Alive (Warehouse Terrada G1 Building)

Warehouse Terrada G1 Building on Tennozu Isle is beginning the year with an immersive exhibition featuring over 3,000 works by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Produced by Grande Experiences, the exhibition has traveled to 99 cities and attracted over 9 million visitors worldwide. Viewers will be taken on an immersive journey through the life of the world’s most famous painter, traveling to places such as the Netherlands, Paris, Arles, Saint-Rémy, and Auvers-sur-Oise. Find more information in the news article

Venue: Warehouse Terrada G1 Building
Schedule: January 6 - March 31

The Wright Imperial Hotel at 100: Frank Lloyd Wright and the World (Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art)

Frank Lloyd Wright is celebrated as one of America’s most famous modern architects. His solo exhibition, previously held at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art, will travel to the Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art in Tokyo. The exhibition will highlight Wright’s innovative endeavors through his interactions with the diverse cultures bridged by the Imperial Hotel and will feature approximately 420 works, including drawings and blueprints, on display for the first time in Japan. 

Venue: Panasonic Shiodome Museum of Art
Schedule: January 11 - March 10

Dig Shibuya 2024 (Spotify O-East, and Shibuya area)

Dig Shibuya is a three-day event merging technology and art to create a unique cultural experience in various locations around Shibuya. Taking advantage of Shibuya’s diverse cultural influences and increased attention from local and global tech companies, it aims to combine cutting-edge technology with art, making it accessible to residents and visitors alike. The first edition will welcome the Los Angeles-based unit FriendsWithYou as the leading artist and will feature installations and performances under the themes of “magic, luck, and friendship.”

Venue: Spotify O-East and other venues in the Shibuya area
Schedule: January 12 - January 14

The Artistic Cosmos of Hon’ami Kōetsu (Tokyo National Museum)

Hon’ami Koetsu was born into a prestigious family of sword connoisseurs. In addition to his family business, he was involved in various other arts, including Noh, calligraphy, lacquerware, ceramics, and publishing. The exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum will focus on the inner world of Koetsu and his religious beliefs. It will feature swords handled by the Hon’ami family, calligraphy and ceramics made by Koetsu himself, and items created by artisans with whom he interacted. Don’t miss the opportunity to also catch a Special Exhibition Celebrating the 900th Anniversary of Its Construction, The Golden Hall of Chūson-ji Temple, opening on January 23. 

Venue: Tokyo National Museum
Schedule: January 16 - March 10

Glass Tableware in Still Life: Yoko Andersson Yamano and 18 Painters (Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery)

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery will hold an exhibition of glass tableware, still life paintings, and photographs by Japanese and Swedish artists. In 2018, at the initiative of Yoko Andersson Yamano, the “Glass Tableware in Still Life” project was launched, in which 18 painters painted a series of still lifes depicting glass tableware made by Yamano. Using the old and familiar daily material of glass as a medium, Yamano and the painters from different cultural backgrounds engaged in a dialogue through words and images to create their works.

Venue: Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
Schedule: January 17 - March 24

Frontiers of Impressionism: Paintings from the Worcester Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum)

On the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionist exhibition, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum presents an exhibition that traces the impact and influence of Impressionism in Europe and America. Selected from the Worcester Art Museum’s extensive collection of Impressionist art, this exhibition features works by famed French Impressionists Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the internationally active John Singer Sargent, important American Impressionists such as Childe Hassam, and other notable artists from Germany and Scandinavia. 

Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
Schedule: January 27 - April 7

Contemporary Ainu Art and Crafts 2024 (Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art)

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art in Sapporo will hold a special exhibition introducing the power of Ainu art, notable for its diversity and design sensibility, based on the characteristic spiral shape “moreu.” In addition to recent and new works by Kaizawa Toru, Nishida Kayoko, Fujito Kohei, and others, the exhibition will showcase outstanding woodblock prints and textiles made by the artists’ predecessors.

Venue: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art
Schedule: January 13 - March 10

Action & Poetryー Special Exhibition: Kazuo Shiraga from the Amagasaki City Collection (The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art)

Kazuo Shiraga was a key member of the Gutai Art Association, which pioneered Japan’s post-war avant-garde art movement. He continued to explore the possibility of physical expression in painting through “foot painting,” in which he applied paint to a canvas with his feet. The exhibition will feature approximately 80 works by Shiraga and works by Sadamasa Motonaga, Yoshishige Saito, Masaki Suematsu, Sogen Eguchi, Tatsuoki Nanbata, and others.

Venue: The Niigata Prefectural Museum of Modern Art
Schedule: January 13 - February 25

Restored Cultural Assetsー Restoration Techniques Supporting Their Conservation and Utilization (Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art)

Since its opening, the Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art has been dedicated to restoring cultural properties. In 1997, the Ishikawa Cultural Properties Conservation Studio was established as an affiliated museum facility. In 2016, it underwent a renewal and reopened adjacent to the museum’s Hirosaka Annex, accumulating achievements mainly to restore local cultural properties in the Hokuriku region. This exhibition aims to introduce the results of the preservation and restoration of cultural properties and to envision future utilization by highlighting aspects such as regional collaboration.

Venue: Ishikawa Prefectural Museum of Art
Schedule: January 4 - February 12

Eishi Chobunsai: The Samurai Turned Ukiyo-e Artist (Chiba City Museum of Art)

Eishi Chobunsai had an unusual background as a Hatamoto (direct retainer of the shogun) and gained popularity as an ukiyo-e artist, rivaling his contemporary Utamaro Kitagawa. Despite being one of the leading ukiyo-e artists, much of Chobunsai’s work was exported during the Meiji era, making it difficult to grasp the full extent of his work in contemporary Japan. His first solo exhibition will feature masterpieces collected from museums worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the British Museum.

Venue: Chiba City Museum of Art
Schedule: January 6 - March 3
*Discount with MuPon

Natsuko Fukushima

Natsuko Fukushima

Editor-in-Chief at Tokyo Art Beat. After working for a music magazine and the "Bijutsu Techo," she took up her current position in October 2021.