Last Updated:Jan 18, 2021

Exhibitions Open Over the New Year

Art museums and galleries to visit during winter break

Many venues will be closed for Japan’s New Year holidays, but here are a few spaces in the Tokyo area keeping their doors open:

Work by Yoshitomo Nara at the Mori Art Museum exhibition 'STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World – Stars are Not Made Overnight!'
Work by Yoshitomo Nara at the Mori Art Museum exhibition 'STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World – Stars are Not Made Overnight!'

Open on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
STARS: Six Contemporary Artists from Japan to the World – Stars are Not Made Overnight!
Where: Mori Art Museum
Dates: July 31, 2020–January 3, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations

King & Queen from the National Portrait Gallery, London
Where: Ueno Royal Museum
Dates: October 10, 2020–January 11, 2020
Tickets: Please make reservations

Connections: 150 years of Modern Art in Japan and France
Where: Pola Museum of Art
Dates: November 14, 2020–April 4, 2021

Closed on New Year’s Day Only
Bernard Buffet Retrospective
Where: Bunkamura Museum of Art
Dates: Nov. 21, 2020–January 24, 2021
Closed on January 1, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations

Contemporary Art

Work by Izumi Kato at the Teien exhibition 'Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature'
Work by Izumi Kato at the Teien exhibition 'Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature'
Living Tokyo – I Love Art 15
Where: Watari-um
Dates: September 5, 2020–January 31, 2021
Closed: December 31, 2020–January 4, 2021

Sleeping: Life with Art – From Goya and Rubens to Shiota Chiharu
Where: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Dates: November 25, 2020–February 23, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 1, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations

Garden of Life: Eight Contemporary Artists Venture into Nature
Where: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Dates: October 17, 2020–January 12, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 4, 2021

Japanese Culture
Higashiyama Kaii and Nihonga Depicting Four Seasons
Where: Yamatane Museum of Art
Dates: November 21, 2020–January 24, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 2, 2021

The Extraordinary Drawings of Kyosai
Where: Tokyo Station Gallery
Dates: November 28, 2020–February 7, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 1, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations

Hyuga Masamune: The National Treasure Sword and Art for the Generals
Where: Mitsui Memorial Museum
Dates: November 21, 2020–January 27, 2021
Closed: December 26, 2020–January 3, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations

Reopening Celebration III: Art Revisited, Beauty Revealed – Six Storied Exchanges
Where: Suntory Museum of Art
Dates: December 16, 2020–February 28, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 1, 2021

'Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
'Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design' at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Shows at Popular Museums
Rimpa and Impressionism: Arts Produced by Urban Cultures, East and West
Where: Artizon Museum
Dates: November 14, 2020–January 24, 2021
Closed: December 28, 2020–January 4, 2021
Tickets: Please make reservations
Reviewed here

Eiko Ishioka: Blood, Sweat, and Tears—A Life of Design
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Dates: November 14, 2020–February 14, 2021
Closed: December 28–January 1, 2021
Reservations prioritized

1894 Visions: Odilon Redon and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Where: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
Dates: October 24, 2020–January 17, 2021
Closed: December 31, 2020–January 1, 2021 (Open January 4, 2021)
Reservations accepted
Reviewed here

traNslatioNs – Understanding Misunderstanding
Where: 21_21 Design Sight
Dates: October 16, 2020–March 7, 2021
Closed: December 26, 2020–January 3, 2021

'traNslatioNs - Understanding Misunderstanding' at 21_21 Design Sight
'traNslatioNs - Understanding Misunderstanding' at 21_21 Design Sight

Galleries
Charlotte Dumas “Bezoar”
Where: Maison Hermès
Dates: August 27, 2020–December 29, 2020
Closed: From December 30, 2020

Doug Aitken “New Ocean: Thaw”
Where: Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo
Dates: November 13, 2020–February 7, 2021
Closed: January 1, 2021

Jun Oson “D_I_S_T_A_N_C_E”
Where: Diesel Art Gallery
Dates: October 30, 2020–February 4, 2021
Closed: January 1, 2021

'Jun Oson “D_I_S_T_A_N_C_E' at Diesel Art Gallery
'Jun Oson “D_I_S_T_A_N_C_E' at Diesel Art Gallery

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Jennifer Pastore

Jennifer Pastore

Jennifer Pastore is a writer, editor, and translator for Tokyo Art Beat. Her thoughts on the Japanese art scene can also be found at artscape Japan and in other publications.

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