Visit National Art Center Tokyo

Visit National Art Center Tokyo: A world-class Tokyo exhibition space that's visually striking inside and out. The National Art Center, Tokyo has established itself as one of the country's most important art spaces.

Visit National Art Center Tokyo

One of five art institutions organized under the Japanese government's 2001 push to build art outreach, research, and conservation, the gallery works under three noteworthy belief systems: offering a crisp perspective on artistic creativity, accumulating art materials from significant historic moments for open utilize, and giving outreach, education, and interactivity.

Don't Miss

  • Fine French feasting with a view at Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musee
  • The first floor's open-air exhibition spaces
  • The extensive third-floor art library, allowed to utilize

How to Visit National Art Center Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo is a quick stroll from Nogizaka or Roppongi tram stations.

Take the Chiyoda metro line to Nogizaka Station and leave Exit 6 for direct access. Alternatively, take either the Hibiya or Oedo Line to Roppongi Station and stroll for about 5 minutes.

Quick Facts About National Art Center Tokyo

  • The space houses three bistros and a restaurant
  • The 14,000 square meters cover three stories and over twelve gallery spaces
  • With no permanent exhibitions, The National Art Center, Tokyo is viewed as an 'empty gallery'
  • The museum is shut on Tuesdays

Visit National Art Center Tokyo

Facing the future

Since opening in 2007, this stunning structure composed by Kisho Kurokawa has been viewed as one of Tokyo's most amazing and adaptable art spaces. On first drawing closer, you'll wind up gazing upward into glass and steel waves which shape the expansive, light-filled atrium at the entrance.

Built on old University of Tokyo grounds, the museum is a prime case of the Metabolism movement that Kurokawa helped found and joins various other displays and international structures planned by the main architect. This kinetic concept of forward-looking change extends to the interesting way the museum operates.

National Art Center Tokyo

National Art Center Tokyo

The "Empty Gallery" concept

Not at all like most other national art museums and displays, the National Art Center, Tokyo is actually an "empty gallery," which means it doesn't have a permanent exhibition or curators. Rather than hosting one noteworthy permanent collection, the gallery centers around being a setting for various rotating art exhibitions simultaneously and also open events like artist talks and workshops.

Since there's nothing permanent, try to completely explore each of the three stories, as what's there currently may not be in plain view the next time you visit. The gallery's totally open, everchanging spaces have at times hosted works from avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, anime creator Makoto Shinkai, and architect Tadao Ando.

National Art Center Tokyo

The Roppongi Art Triangle

The National Art Center, Tokyo is part of Roppongi's "Art Triangle," a collection of three museum spaces in the district which can all be visited at discounted rates on the off chance that you retain your ticket from one and demonstrate to it when entering the next. This reasonable plan loans for multi day of art and culture, perfect before a Roppongi night out.

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