About The National Art Center, Tokyo

Operating Policy

The National Art Center, Tokyo is the national government's fifth art institution to be organized under the umbrella of the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, after The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, The National Museum of Western Art, and The National Museum of Art, Osaka.

The National Art Center, Tokyo is a unique and innovative art exhibition facility: Instead of maintaining a permanent collection, it makes the most of a total of 14,000 square meters of exhibition space, one of the largest in Japan, and focuses on serving as a venue for various art exhibitions. The Center also promotes outreach activities through its educational programs, and the Art Library serves to collect and disseminate information related to art.

Located in Tokyo, an international city that attracts people, products, and information from all over Japan as well as the rest of the world, the Center will provide people with opportunities to experience diverse values and contribute to bringing forth a new culture based on the idea of mutual understanding and symbiotic relationship.


1. Exhibiting
The Center presents a great variety of art expressions and offers fresh angles.
  1. Artist associations with a national membership base are given opportunities to hold their annual exhibitions.
  2. The Center's curatorial staff generates special exhibitions that highlight the latest trend in art both in Japan and abroad.
  3. The Center serves as a venue for exhibitions co-organized with mass media companies and other art institutions.
2. Collecting and Disseminating Information
The Center lays emphasis on collecting information in the following areas and makes it accessible to the public.
  1. Information about art exhibitions held within Japan.
  2. A comprehensive collection of post-WWII Japanese exhibition catalogs.
  3. Various materials related to modern and contemporary Japanese art.
3. Education and Outreach
The Center serves as a site of participation, interaction, and creativity.
  1. Lectures, symposia, and gallery talks related to exhibitions will be organized.
  2. Through artists' talks and workshops, the Center provides diverse audience with opportunities to appreciate and discuss works of art.
  3. Internship and volunteer programs provide opportunities for hands-on activities at the Center.
  4. Information and materials related to educational programs in art museums will be collected.