7 Must-See Tokyo Art Exhibits for December

Join us this month as we take a tour around the art scene in and around Tokyo, exploring everything from the work of renowned Japanese artists and photographers to some of social media’s favorite felines.

Ishiuchi Miyako: Grain and Image

Ishiuchi Miyako is currently one of the most highly acclaimed photographers in the world. This exhibition focuses on “grain,” one of Ishiuchi’s keywords, and consists of about 200 items from 13 series, from her early years to never-before-shown works.

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Kumagai Morikazu: The Joy of Life

“I hope to live forever,” said Morikazu Kumagai at age 95, in a testament to his love for life and his devotion to his art. While Kumagai is not widely known outside of Japan, his work deserves greater attention, and this is the first retrospective of his work to come to Tokyo in quite a few years.

Neko Break Yokohama

What’s better than a photo exhibition featuring our feline friends? A seasonally-themed photo exhibition featuring our feline friends, of course! Warm your heart at this exhibition featuring over 300 photos of cats who have found fame on Twitter and Instagram. They’re decked out in Christmas and New Years-themed outfits and ready for their purrfect close-ups.

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Keiichi Tahara: Photosynthesis with Min Tanaka

This fascinating series of photos by the acclaimed photographer Keiichi Tahara captures avant-garde dancer Min Tanaka in a variety of environments and lighting conditions.

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Marimekko Spirit ― Paavo Halonen / Maija Louekari / Aino-Maija Metsola

This exhibit features three of Marimekko’s representative designers, and highlights several of each designer’s prints – including prints specifically made for the exhibit – as well as materials that dive into the spirit of the brand and its 65-year history.

Decoration Never Dies, Anyway

An exhibition exploring the history and legacy of decoration. Seven diverse artists, working in a variety of mediums, present their own interpretations of “decoration” and invite visitors to consider the context and necessity of decoration in our everyday lives and beyond.

Denmark: Design

This exhibition focuses on the appeal of Danish design by presenting furniture, tableware, light fittings, daily necessities and other items from the latter half of the 19th century, through the mid-century period to the present day.

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