Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Art of the Past and Present

The Circle

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji(The Great Wave off Kanagawa) ,
Edo Period(19th century), Kuboso Memorial Museum of Arts,Izumi
On show: May 8 – June 1

The Earth as Seen from the Sun from the series Nearly 36 Somewhat Ridiculous Views,
2017,Collection of the artist
On show: May 8 – June 1


This exhibition unites works by contemporary artists working at the forefront of art, photography, design, and architecture with masterpieces of classic Japanese art. Along with pieces by legendary Edo Period figures such as Enku, Kenzan, Shohaku, Sengai, Hokusai, and outstanding examples of flower-and-bird paintings, swords and Buddhist statuary, the exhibition presents works by eight important contemporary Japanese artists: Kawauchi Rinko, Konoike Tomoko, Shiriagari Kotobuki, Suga Kishio, Tanada Koji, Tane Tsuyoshi, Minagawa Akira, and Yokoo Tadanori. This integrated approach promises to shed light on artistic and spiritual similarities and affinities concealed within creative work of the ancient and modern era.

Date March 11 (Wed.) – June 1 (Mon.), 2020
Closed on Tuesdays
Open on May 5 (Tue.) and closed on May 7 (Thu.) instead
Opening Hours 10:00-18:00
*10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays
*10:00-22:00 on May 30 (Sat.)
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo,
Special Exhibition Gallery 2E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Kokka-sha; The Asahi Shimbun;
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan; Japan Arts Council
With the sponsorship of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.; UACJ Corporation


Admission(tax included)
General 1,700 yen (Adults), 1,100 yen (College students), 700 yen (High school students)
Advance/Group 1,500 yen (Adults), 900 yen (College students), 500 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from March 20 (Fri.) to March 22 (Sun.), 2020, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from January 10 (Fri.) - March 10 (Tue.), 2020 (sold at the National Art Center, Tokyo only until March 9 (Mon.), 2020).
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only) and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • From March 11 (Wed.) to June 1 (Mon.), visitors presenting the AFT card or the 1-Day passport for the Art Fair Tokyo 2020 (held at the Tokyo International Forum, March 19-22, 2020), will receive a 100yen discount (valid for General Adults ticket at the National Art Center, Tokyo only).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
Inquiries +81(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

Composition of the exhibition

Flower-and-Bird Paintings × KAWAUCHI Rinko

Swords × KONOIKE Tomoko

Hokusai × SHIRIAGARI Kotobuki

Sengai × SUGA Kishio

Enku × TANADA Koji

Buddhist Statuary × TANE Tsuyoshi

Kenzan × MINAGAWA Akira

Shohaku × YOKOO Tadanori

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