The 10th Anniversary of
The National Art Center, Tokyo

The National Art Center, Tokyo (NACT) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on January 21(Sat), 2017. To celebrate we will be organizing a number of special events at The NACT from January 20 (Fri) to 30 (Mon). We would like to invite you to The NACT to help us celebrate and experience the wonderful world of art and all of its diversity.
A priority of The NACT is to provide a venue where anyone can come to experience the amazing world of art and artistic expression, providing opportunity to find knowledge and inspiration.

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The 10th Anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo


Date January 20 (Fri) to 30 (Mon), 2017
Closed on January 24 (Tue)
Open Hours 10:00-18:00
Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00
(Visitors must enter 30min before the closing time.)
*On January 21 (Sat.) and 22 (Sun.) all of the visitors will be gifted with the 10th Anniversary ticket case, at both Main Entrance and West Entrance.

"Message from the Director General”
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo.

The National Art Center, Tokyo Director General: Dr. Tamotsu Aoki

The NACT will celebrate its 10th anniversary on January 21, 2017.
The NACT is the most recent National Museum of Art built in Japan, and one that does not have a permanent collection. Instead there are always a variety of exhibitions, NACT-organized exhibitions, co-sponsored exhibitions or artist associations exhibitions on display throughout the year.
Annually there are more than 2,000,000 visitors to the various exhibitions which is the highest of any museum in Japan.
To celebrate the ten year anniversary we will be organizing a number of commemorative events from January 20th to 30th. There will be a variety of activities planned such as special performances of Noh and Kyogen (traditional Japanese drama and comic theater), music concerts, lectures, symposiums and workshops.
As director general I want this museum looking to the future and over the next 10 years how we should continue to plan and operate. I want to focus on how best to respond to future opportunities and now to further promote art and art museums to the general public. My hope is that the NACT continues to pursue opportunities to further expand and showcase culture and art which will provide a better understanding and respect of one another's societies, ideas, beliefs, values and opinions.

The National Art Center, Tokyo Director General: Dr. Tamotsu Aoki

To celebrate the 10th Anniversary, admission will be free on January 21 (Sat), 2017.

On the Anniversary day January 21, 2017, all the exhibitions will be free to enter.
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E: "19th DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow" Exhibition
Gallery 1A~1D, 2A~2D, 3A・3B: "65th Anniversary Dokuritsu Sho" Exhibition

10th Anniversary Celebration Visual Creative unit SPREAD

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The National Art Center, Tokyo, we will be developing pieces to help us visually commemorate the anniversary including posters. The visual theme will be "10 gradations". These ten layers of gradient colors which gradually increase in strength are a compilation of the last ten years as well as a symbol of the next ten years to come.
This rectangular-shaped simple gradation which resembles the national flag of Japan will warmly welcome visitors to our museum. The successive layers of colors will awaken people’s imagination and creativity. The gradient colors will appear inside and outside of the museum providing inspiration and generating new emotions.
Creative unit SPREAD is heading up the design of the posters. The poster designs will incorporate "10 colors of the future" each representing a different theme, "Creation" "Light" "Experience" "Hope" "Attraction" "Love" "Ascension" "Challenge" "Mystery" and "Humanity".

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Special Exhibition

Special exhibitions will be held during the 10th anniversary celebrations.
Date: January 20(Fri) to 30(Mon), 2017 ※Closed on January 24(Tue)
During the 10th Anniversary celebrations there will be two special exhibitions held at the NACT, “NACT Colors” with Emmanuelle Moureaux’s wonderful colors installation and an amazing video installation by Takashi Ishida.

1. NACT Colors
Presentation of The National Art Center, Tokyo's activities

The NACT primary focus is in four areas (1) exhibitions, (2) art education, (3) art library, and (4) information collection.
Emmanuelle Moureaux, an architect and designer from France, will be responsible for designing a venue to introduce the various activities that will be held during the 10th anniversary celebrations. Through the design based on the concept of "shikiri" and her installation of “100 colors”, color is used as a medium to divide and create space, conveying emotion through an imaginative and artistic approach. The “White Cube” exhibition rooms and glass façade of The NACT, which resembles a large colorless box, will become a canvas of color, inspiration and emotion. Its walls will be filled with a variety of exhibitions, art education programs and archives to promote art. Come experience the wonderful Emmanuelle Moureaux colors exhibition along with all the other activities at The NACT.

Open Hours 10:00-18:00 Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00
(visitors must enter 30min before the closing time)
Venue Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
Admission free

Emmanuelle Moureaux
French architect / French designer. Lives in Tokyo since 1996. Inspired by the layers and colors of Tokyo that built a complex depth and density on the street, and the traditional spatial elements like sliding screens, she has created the concept of "shikiri", which literally means "dividing (creating) space with colors".
Handling colors as a medium to compose space, she designs wide ranges of projects from architecture, space design, and art. Principal Architect at emmanuelle moureaux architecture + design. Associate Professor at Tohoku University of Art and Design.

2. Video Installation by Takashi Ishida

Using a technique called Drawing Animation, Takashi Ishida reputation as a filmmaker/artist has been steadily growing worldwide in recent years. He also attracted a great deal of attention when exhibited a "Artist File 2010" exhibition at The NACT. In addition to museum exhibitions recently Ishida has also been receiving a lot of interest for his large scale outdoors projection mapping installations. For this exhibition it is planned that Ishida will use the passage way from the subway to the museum as his creative medium. Transforming a space not commonly used as an art location to display a dazzling installation of video art. Not to be missed.

Takashi Ishida, UNASAKA, 2007, Emaki/Wave, 2010
Installation View in gArtist File 2010h at The National
Open Hours 10:00-18:00 Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00
(visitors must enter 30min before the closing time)
Venue the Direct Access passage between The NACT and Exit 6, Nogizaka Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line
Admission free

Takashi Ishida
Filmmaker / Artist. Lives in Tokyo, where he was born in 1972. Ishida’s “Drawing Animation” technique to shoot stop-frame animations of hand-drawn lines, nables him to create a flexible image that incorporates movement, time and space. Recent major exhibitions are “Billowing Light: ISHIDA Takashi” (Yokohama Museum of Art/Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, 2015). During the “Aichi Triennale 2016” (Aichi Prefectural Art Museum and others), in addition to the installations in the exhibition halls, large-scale projections of some works were shown on the outer walls of buildings in Toyohashi City and Nagoya City. He is also an Associate Professor at Tama Art University.

Special Programs

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The NACT, we are planning a variety of events with something for everyone to enjoy.

1. Symposium 1: Museum and Mass Media

In Japan, since the 1950s, major newspapers have been organizing art exhibitions. It was not long before broadcasting stations also entered this area and a cooperative style unique to Japan was established where museums and mass media jointly rganized artistic exhibitions. Today, however, the environment has changed considerably due to changes in audience orientation and further commercialization of artistic exhibitions. In this symposium, taking into consideration the historical relationship between mass media and museums as well as examples from overseas, we will examine the future of the museum exhibitions.

Date January 21 (Sat) 13:00-17:30 (Doors open at 12:30)
Venue 3F Auditorium
Language Japanese only
Capacity Limited to 260, no registration required
Moderator Tamotsu Aoki (Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
Lecturer Masayuki Inoue (Senior Producer, Corporate Planning Office, Cultural and Business Projects Bureau, Nikkei Inc.)
Kyoji Maeda (Chief Editor, Culture News Department, The Yomiuri Shimbun)
Yutaka Mino (Director, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)
Makoto Murata (Art Journalist)
Akiya Takahashi (Director, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo)
Yusuke Minami (Deputy Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
Admission free

2. Symposium 2: Reconsidering on Archival Tendencies
New trends in contemporary art and art museums

Recent contemporary art and art exhibitions give us the opportunity to realize how the concept of “artwork” has changed. Collecting different ideas and expressions of art, with their new exhibiting methods and platforms, is an issue that fully involves archives. These new tendencies shake our traditional concept of art, showing the direction for a new approach to art itself. This symposium looks at how this trend will shape the future of art exhibitions and museums.

Date January 28 (Sat) 13:00-17:30 (Doors open at 12:30)
Venue Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
Language Japanese only
Capacity Limited to 100, no registration required
Lecturer Kazumichi Hashimoto (Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Waseda University)
Tomo Imai (Curator, Arts Maebashi)
Fumiko Nakamura (Curator, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art)
Motoyuki Shitamichi (Artist)
Katsuo Suzuki (Curator, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)
Mitsue Nagaya (Curator, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
Yukiko Yokoyama (Associate Curator, The National Art Center, Tokyo)
Admission free

3. Artist Workshop: SPREAD

Next 10 Years ~My future designed with color and form~

Photographer: Ooki Jingu

Today, "design" is not limited to advertising, product packaging and branding but encompasses so much more with a diversified range of influence. Design is required to create new value and opportunities in society. We will look at modern society and the impact of design into the future, drawing on experiences from SPREAD who continue to deliver designs that expand people's imagination through creativity.

Date January 29 (Sun) 13:00-17:00
Venue Special Exhibition Gallery 1E and (Annex building) 3F multipurpose room
Target General public (Junior high school students and older)
Capacity Limited to 20, registration required
Language Japanese only
Admission free, registration required
※The application period has ended.

“SPREAD” is the creative unit created by Hirokazu Kobayashi and Haruna Yamada in 2004. Their philosophy is to incorporate elements of the environment, time, color, text, and memory’s into the design which will overcome all obstacles and “SPREAD”. Their main works include the CD Jacket of Rock Band SOUTAISEIRIRON’s “Tadashii Sotaisei Riron”, the Tsubame-Sanjo Factory Festival, the scarf brand ITO and the Hagiwara Butcher’s packaging design. “Life Stripe” is an on-going art project that replaces one’s everyday actions such as sleeping, dining, relaxing, and working, with 21 colors.
Solo exhibitions have been held at the Spiral Garden (Tokyo, 2012), the Milano Fuori Salone (Italy, 2012), the Rappaz Museum (Swiss, 2014) and more. The visual design of The National Art Center, Tokyo 10th Anniversary is also SPREAD’s work.

4. Kyogen Performances
The Yamamoto Kyogen Company


  • "Fuku no Kami", New Year's Eve night two religious men go to the Shinto shrine to pray for good fortune. They find a god in good humor that promises to tell them the secret of happiness, but demands some sake first.
  • "Oni no Mamako", A demon appears in front of a woman holding a child and threatens her. The woman agrees to marry the demon to keep her child safe but then escapes with her child after fooling the demon.
  • "Yobikoe", A master was angry that Taro was absent without permission. He goes to his house but Taro does not come out. What will the master do….
Kyogen performance
"Fuku no Kami"
Photographer: Fuminori Mikami
Date January 20 (Fri) 18:30-19:30 (Doors open at 18:00)
Venue 1F Lobby
Admission free, no registration required

Tojiro Yamamoto
Performer of the Ohkura school of Kyogen. Born in 1937. A person of immense cultural importance to Japan, living national treasure.

5. NACT Architecture Tour
Exploring The National Art Center, Tokyo

This tour will introduce the design, features and capability of the museum as part of The NACT 10th anniversary celebrations. The tour will be conducted by museum staff and volunteers. Please join us and enjoy this wonderfully designed museum by Kisho Kurokawa and NIHHON SEKKEI, INC.

Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo
In collaboration with NIHON SEKKEI, INC.
Language Japanese only
Admission Free, registration required
※The application period has ended.

6. Lobby concert : Nakamichi Ikuyo

After receiving numerous domestic and international awards Nakamichi Ikuyo debuted in 1987. In recent years, she has received very positive reviews for her concerts of Chopin, Beethoven and others. 2016/2017 will be 30 years of performing and on this anniversary she will keep collaborating with the Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra on a variety of projects. Sony maintains the recording rights and has released numerous CDs.

Photographer: Kiyotaka Saito
Date January 27 (Fri) 18:30-19:30 (Doors open at 18:00)
Venue 1F Lobby
Admission free, no registration required

Concurrent Programs

1. Special Screening: Identity Issues in Singapore and Malaysia Seen Through Films

The National Art Center, Tokyo, the Mori Art Museum, and the Japan Foundation Asia Center will hold the exhibition “SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now” in summer 2017, 50 years after the formation of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). This exhibition will present contemporary art from ten ASEAN countries since the 1980’s, consisting of various different themes such as aspirations for freedom, growth and its dark sides, community, different identities, faith and tradition, and the revisiting of history. In this event, we will screen two films from Singapore and Malaysia focusing on the theme of identity issues. On January 22th, a talk-show will be held between the projection of the two films. Curators from the National Art Center, Tokyo and the Mori Art Museum will discuss with cinema and performance art experts the current identity issues in Singapore and Malaysia.

Yasmin Ahmad/
2005/ Malaysia/ 107 min/
Subtitled in Japanese and English
Boo Junfeng/
2010/ Singapore/ 91 min/
Subtitled in Japanese and English
January 22 (Sun.)
Doors open at 12:30
13:00~13:05 introduction
13:05~14:35 Sandcastle
14:35~14:50 break
14:50~15:55 talk-show (Japanese-only)
15:55~16:05 break
16:05~17:55 Sepet
Ken Takiguchi (Deputy director/ translation editor, Asian Shakespeare Intercultural Archive)
Yumi Matsushita (Film presenter, curator and producer)
Mami Kataoka (Chief Curator at the Mori Art Museum)
Naoki Yoneda (Curator at the National Art Center, Tokyo)
January 29 (Sun.)
Doors open at 12:30
13:00~13:05 introduction
13:05~14:55 Sepet
14:55~15:10 break
15:10~16:40 Sandcastle
Venue 3F Auditorium, The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan)
Capacity Limited to 260, no registration required, Admission free
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Mori Art Museum; The Japan Foundation Asia Center

2. Disabled Art Exhibition
Artworks by Disabled Children and Adults

An exhibition to help educate and expand the knowledge and understanding of people with disabilities by the general public.There will be works created by disabled children and in disabled facilities from around the region.

Date January 18 (Wed) – 30 (Mon)
※Closed on January 24 (Tue)
Open Hours 10:00-18:00
Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00
Venue Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
Organized by Minato City
Co-organizer The National Art Center, Tokyo
Admission free

3. Museum Shop's Exhibition: MAINICHI HARE NO HI

The museum shop "SOUVENIR FROM TOKYO" in The NACT provides a variety of products such as manga, art books and crafts, including young designers' work. SFT GALLERY located on the first basement floor holds about six exhibitions a year, providing opportunities to touch and enjoy art and design on a daily basis. They introduce the works of young artists and designers selected by The NACT and the museum shop, "SOUVENIR FROM TOKYO". They also provide a range of products that can be purchased.
"MAINICHI HARE NO HI" is a 6 artists’ exhibition of beautiful Japanese style tableware and decorations for the dining table and living room. Please take time to visit the SFT GALLERY. Artists: Masayuki Igari, Yamato Kobayashi, Keiju Sakaba, Yoshimitsu Nakasono, Chie Nagaura, Ema Hirokawa.

Museum shop: “MAINICHI HARE NO HI” Exhibition
Date November 9 (Wed), 2016 – January 30 (Mon), 2017
※Closed on Tuesdays
Open Hours 10:00-18:00
Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00
Venue B1F, SFT Gallery
Contact 03-5770-7418

4. Cafe · Restaurant: 10th Anniversary Special Menu

The NACT has 3 cafes and a restaurant that offer a variety of food and beverage choices. During the 10th anniversary celebrations the "Brasserie Paul Bocuse Musée" will offer an original menu including a special recipe from French chef Mr. Paul Bocuse. At the 3 cafes on B1F to 2F, there will be the special drink "Marron's Cappuccino". Please stop by when you visit The NACT.

Southeast Asian Film screening
10th Anniversary Special Menu
3F Brasserie Paul Bocuse Le Musée
1F Café Coquille
B1F Cafétéria Carré
2F Salon de Thé Rond

The special menu is available from January 20 (Fri) – 30 (Mon)
Open Hours:

Cafe B1F・2F 11: 00 ~ 18: 00 (Fri & Sat ~ 19:00) (L.O 30min before closing)
1F 10: 00 ~ 18: 00 (Fri & Sat ~20:00)
Restaurant 3F 11: 00 ~ 21: 00 (Fri & Sat ~ 22:00) (L.O 90 min before closing)