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Upcoming ExhibitionsSpecial Exhibition
Does the Future Sleep Here?
――Revisiting the museum’s response to contemporary art after 65 years

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Dates
Tuesday, 12 March - Sunday, 12 May 2024
Hours
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Closed
Mondays and 7 May (Opens 25 March, 29 April, 30 April and 6 May)
Venue
Special Exhibition Wing
Admission Fees
Adults 2,000 yen, college students 1,300 yen, high school students 1,000 yen
  • * Admission is free for junior high school students and under.
  • * Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
  • * Students and faculty members at National Museum of Art Campus Member institutions may view this exhibition on specially priced tickets (students = 1,100 yen, faculty members = 1,800 yen). These tickets are available at the National Museum of Western Art Ticket Office.
  • * You can also see the permanent exhibition on the same day of viewing this exhibition.
【Special Tickets】
Only available online. Limited number available.
  1. Advance Discount Ticket (Only for Use on Weekdays in March)
    1,200 yen
    On sale: January 23 (Tues.) - March 11 (Mon.), 2024 *Sold out
  2. Pair Tickets (Two-ticket set allowing one person two entries to the exhibition.)
    3,600 yen
    On sale: February 10 (Sat.) - March 11 (Mon.), 2024 *Or until sold out.
  3. Support Night Ticket (Limited to 20 tickets. Includes Gallery Tour by participating artists and curators, catalogue)
    30,000 yen
    On sale: February 10 (Sat.) – April 10 (Wed.), 2024 *Or until sold out.
    Date/Time: April 10, 2024 (Tues.), 18:00 – 20:30

    “Thanks to the generous support of the people of Japan, particularly those in the finance and art fields, the NMWA was established 65 years ago as the realization of the return of the Matsukata Collection to the Japanese people.
    As we look back on that start, and continue to carry out the mission entrusted to us as an art museum, we have created a Support Night Ticket, with a portion of its sales dedicated to future NMWA activities, which will allow ticket holders to support our efforts.A Support Night event, limited to 20 visitors, will be held for Support Night Ticket holders to join displaying artist Sugito Hiroshi and exhibition curator Shinfuji Atsushi for a special exhibition viewing and gallery talks. The exhibition’s Concept Book is included with the Support Night Ticket purchase.”

Official online tickets外部リンク

Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
With the sponsorship of
NTT ArtTechnology
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP)
With the special cooperation of
Forbes JAPAN
With the cooperation of
The Western Art Foundation
Brochure

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Does the Future Sleep Here?
——Revisiting the museum’s response to contemporary art after 65 years

This exhibition – the first major display of contemporary art at the National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) – will present works by a gathering of more than 20 artists of all ages pursuing experimental artistic activities in Japan today.

The NMWA has primarily collected, preserved, and displayed Western art dating up through the mid-20th century, and thus does not house contemporary art. Bluntly, it can be said to be a collection solely of works by dead people who lived in the past in distant lands. However, looking back at the overall history of the Matsukata Collection prior to its role as the NMWA’s core collection upon its opening in 1959, we can see, in fact, that the museum was built with the hope that it would be a place that stimulates the creation of future art. Yet, somehow up until now the NMWA has not become a place that gives rise to and fosters the art of the future.

The actual “art museum” system arose in Western Europe during the late 18th century. At that time, the German author Novalis wrote,
  “Galleries are the sleeping chambers of the future world.−
    The historian, philosopher and artist of the future world are at home here−they develop themselves here and live for this world.”

Has the NMWA become such “chambers where the future world sleeps”? We have posed this question to these diverse artists, and their works displayed in this exhibition will provide their answers to that question.

Participating Artists
ENDO Mai, FUSE Rintaro, IIYAMA Yuki, MATSUURA Hisao, MIYAGI Futoshi, NAGASHIMA Yurie, NAITO Rei, NAKABAYASHI Tadayoshi, ODAWARA Nodoka, OZAWA Tsuyoshi, Parplume (UMETSU Yoichi + ANDO Yumi + HOSHIKAWA Asako + TSUZUKIBASHI Hitoko +WAKIMOTO Saki), SAKAMOTO Natsuko, SUGITO Hiroshi, TAKANO Ryudai, TAKEMURA Kei, TANAKA Koki, TATSUNO Toeko, Elena TUTATCHIKOVA, UMETSU Yoichi, YUASA Ebosi, YUMISASHI Kanji