Posted:May 1, 2024

Best Exhibitions Starting in May 2024

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

From left to right: Hatsusaburo Yoshida "Beautiful Japan" (Fuchu Art Museum), "Alexander Calder Exhibition" (Azabudai Hills Gallery), "Trio: Modern Art Collections from Paris, Tokyo and Osaka Exhibition Organized with the Collaboration of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris Musées" (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

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

Trio: Modern Art Collections from Paris, Tokyo and Osaka Exhibition Organized with the Collaboration of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris Musées (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

The Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, and the Nakanoshima Museum of Art in Osaka have all built up rich collections of modern art. This is an unprecedented and unique experiment in which works from the collections of the three museums are selected to form a series of trios. The exhibition will feature 34 trios of over 150 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, designs, and videos by 110 artists, presented in 7 chapters according to themes and concepts to propose a new way of looking at modern art from the early 20th century to the present day.

Venue: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Schedule: May 21 - August 25

Alexander Calder Exhibition (Azabudai Hills Gallery)

This exhibition features Alexander Calder's artwork, marking approximately 35 years since his last solo exhibition in Tokyo. The exhibition explores the enduring resonance between Calder's art and Japanese tradition and aesthetics. Around 100 artworks, including mobiles, stabilizes, standing mobiles, oil paintings, and drawings, will be displayed from the Calder Foundation's collection.

Venue: Azabudai Hills Gallery
Schedule: May 30 - September 6

Yoichi Umetsu "Exhibition Maker" (Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art)

This exhibition entrusted the organization to the artist Yoichi Umetsu. The title Exhibition Maker refers to an anecdote about how Harald Szeemann referred to himself as a "maker of exhibitions" at the time before the term "curator" was commonly used worldwide. The exhibition is centered around a collection of artworks gathered through the connections of Shizuko Watari (former director), most of which have never been publicly displayed at the Watari Museum.

Venue: Watari-um, The Watari Museum of Contemporary Art
Schedule: May 12 - August 4

Kimiyo Mishima Exhibition (Nerima Art Museum)

Kimiyo Mishima (1932-) has been working on printed materials such as newspapers and magazines and everyday waste. This exhibition provides an overview of Mishima's creative trajectory over 70 years through her major works. It will include early collage works using newspapers and magazines, various Cracking Prints objects, and the largest-scale installation piece Memory of the 20th Century.

Venue: Nerima Art Museum
Schedule: May 19 - July 7

Hatsusaburo Yoshida "Beautiful Japan" (Fuchu Art Museum)

Hatsusaburo Yoshida depicted various regions of Japan from the air during the Taisho to the pre-World War II Showa period. The number of bird' s-eye views produced under his workshop system is said to amount to more than 2,000 types. This exhibition introduces the world of Yoshida, focusing on his large-scale hand-painted bird' s-eye view works and his creations across various media, such as paintings and posters.

Venue: Fuchu Art Museum
Schedule: May 18 - July 7

Tectonic Shifts in Printing, Printmaking and Graphic Design 1957–1979 (The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto)

After World War II, the dramatic development of printing technology and the growing link between art and popular culture further stimulated interest in expression through reproductive media. The Tokyo International Print Biennale Exhibition, held 11 times between 1957 and 1979, was a notable example. This exhibition introduces the artists who participated in the Biennale from the collection of the National Museum of Art, Tokyo.

Venue: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Schedule: May 30 - August 25

Kazuyo Kinoshita - A Retrospective (Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka)

Kazuyo Kinoshita (1939-1994) was one of the leading artists of the post-war art scene in the Kansai region. While working with the avant-garde art group in Kobe, she produced works that questioned the relationship between the flat surface and space, vision, and perception and continued to confront the question of "what is existence." This exhibition is Kinoshita’s first solo exhibition in the museum, and we will be taking a closer look at the artist’s entire career.

Venue: Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka
Schedule: May 25 - August 18

Yugo Asami

Yugo Asami

Born in Chiba in 1999. Intern at the Editorial Department of Tokyo Art Beat from 2021 to 2023. Graduate student at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Asa Ito Lab). Currently based in Paris.