NPO Aoyama Design Forum presents the recommended exhibitions of art galleries and museums in January 2024. In addition to the schedule of events, we will provide you with detailed information such as the works on display. Please check the website of each museum for current opening hours before visiting.


National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto “KOBAYASHI Masakazu and His Contemporaries – Beyond Fiber Art”

Embark on a journey through artistic history at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, where the captivating exhibition "Masakazu Kobayashi and His Era - Fiber Art and Beyond" unfolds in honor of the museum's 60th anniversary. From January 6th to March 10th, 2024, immerse yourself in the first retrospective dedicated to Masakazu Kobayashi (1944-2004), celebrating his 80th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his passing.

  • Date: January 6 (Sat) - March 10 (Sun), 2024
  • Venue: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 Open until 20:00 on Fridays
  • Closed: Mondays, January 9 (Tuesday), February 13 (Tuesday). February 12 (Monday) will be opened.
  • Fee: 1,200 yen, College students: 500 yen
  • Organizer: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
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Hakone Pola Museum of Art HIRAKU Project Vol.15 “Yasuaki Onishi Boundary Stone” Exhibition


《境の石 大阪》2022年 展示風景:「ART OSAKA 2022 Expanded」クリエイティブセンター大阪、2022年

Experience the boundary-breaking artistry at the Hakone Pola Museum of Art with the HIRAKU Project Vol.15 "Yasuaki Onishi Boundary Stone" exhibition. Running from Saturday, December 16, 2023, to Sunday, May 19, 2024, this innovative project explores the concept of "opening up" artistic expression and museum possibilities. Visit the Atrium Gallery on the 1st floor of the Pola Museum of Art to witness this extraordinary exhibition, and the best part? Admission is free.

Daimaru Museum Kobe“Animage and Ghibli Exhibition”


© Studio Ghibli ©Kanyada

Discover the enchanting world of anime at the Daimaru Museum Kobe with the "Animage and Ghibli Exhibition", taking place from January 5th (Friday) to January 21st (Sunday), 2024.

This exhibition delves into the fascinating period from the inception of the magazine "Animage" (Tokuma Shoten) in 1978 to the 1980s, a time when anime underwent a remarkable transformation. "Animage" played a pivotal role as Japan's first commercial anime magazine, bridging the gap between fans and creators. Witness the anime boom of the 1980s, fueled by the unprecedented success of Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979. The exhibition traces the journey of Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki, exploring his discovery of directors Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki, leading to the creation of iconic films such as "Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind" and "Laputa: Castle in the Sky."

Fukuda Art Museum “Attack on Master Seiho Takeuchi and his disciples”


Explore the legacy of Takeuchi Seiho and his disciples at the Fukuda Art Museum during the "Attack on Master Takeuchi Seiho and His Disciples" exhibition, running from January 18th (Thursday) to April 7th (Sunday), 2024.

This captivating exhibition showcases a collection of 98 works, featuring the masterful artistry of Takeuchi Seiho, a prominent figure in the modern Kyoto art scene, alongside the distinctive expressions of his disciples, each possessing their unique individuality. The title "Shingeki," meaning "to continue moving forward while competing," embodies the spirit of this special exhibition. It invites viewers to immerse themselves in the compelling power emanating from the numerous works created by Seiho and his disciples, leaving an indelible mark throughout the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa periods. The resonance of their artistic success strongly appeals to those living in the subsequent era of Reiwa.

  • Date: January 18 (Thursday) - April 7 (Sunday), 2024
    First Semester: January 18th (Thursday) - March 4th (Monday)
    Second Semester: March 6th (Wednesday) - April 7th (Sunday)
  • Venue: Fukuda Art Museum
  • Hours: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry 16:30)
  • Closed: March 5th (Tuesday)
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Tokyo Art Museum: “Soft and Firm” exhibition with copperplate engravings by Shuichi Uehara


《テーブルの上にも下にも私の荷物/My parcels on the table, under the table.》
銅版画 ドライポイント/アクワチント/+コラグラフ/+コラージュ/2版8色雁皮刷り
78 x 58 cm

Indulge in the exquisite world of copperplate engravings at the Tokyo Art Museum's current exhibition, "Soft and Firm," featuring the works of Shuichi Uehara.

Immerse yourself in the delicate balance of softness and hardness that defines the art of copperplate prints, a world unveiled through Shuichi Uehara's masterful creations. Join us in experiencing the nuanced beauty and craftsmanship that can only be achieved through the interplay of these contrasting elements. Your enjoyment is our utmost priority.

  • Date: January 13 (Sat) - March 31 (Sun), 2024
  • Venue: Tokyo Art Museum
  • Hours: 11:00 - 18:30 (last admission 18:00)
  • Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
  • Fee: General 500 yen, College and high school students 400 yen, Elementary and middle school students 300 yen
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Tokyo National Museum “Special Exhibition Celebrating the 900th Anniversary of Its Construction The Golden Hall of Chūson-ji Temple”


Step into the rich history of Chusonji Konjikido, a venerable structure built 900 years ago, at the special exhibition hosted by the Tokyo National Museum. From Tuesday, January 23, 2024, to Sunday, April 14, 2024, immerse yourself in the captivating essence of this cultural marvel that has withstood the test of time.

Chusonji Konjikido, erected in 1124 by the first Lord Kiyohira of the Oshu Fujiwara clan, stands as a testament to the founding era of Chusonji. Among the myriad halls and pagodas of Chuson-ji Temple, this particular hall stands out with its intricate design, a tangible expression of Lord Kiyohira's profound desire to convey the beauty of the Pure Land of Paradise. As Chusonji Konjikido marks its 900th anniversary in 2024, this special exhibition commemorates the milestone, inviting you to savor the cultural heritage of Hiraizumi, a World Heritage Site.

  • Period: January 23rd (Tuesday) - April 14th (Sunday), 2024
  • Venue: Tokyo National Museum Main Building Special Room 5
  • Hours: 9:30 - 17:00 (last entry time 16:30)
  • Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays, February 13th
    February 12th (Monday, holiday) and March 25th (Monday) will be opened.
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The 17th Shiseido Art Egg Exhibition to be Held at Shiseido Gallery


Since its inception in 2006, "shiseido art egg" has been a platform for 48 selected artists (groups) to showcase their talents and expand their artistic horizons through solo exhibitions. Explore the exhibition in three distinct periods.

  • Dates:
    Maki Hayashida Exhibition: January 30th (Tuesday) - March 3rd (Sunday), 2024
    Zai Nomura Exhibition: March 12th (Tuesday) - April 14th (Sunday), 2024
    Hirotoshi Iwasaki Exhibition: April 23, 2024 (Tuesday) - May 26, 2024 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Shiseido Gallery
  • Hours: Weekdays 11:00 - 19:00, Sundays and Holidays 11:00 - 18:00
  • Closed: Mondays and public holidays
  • Fee: Free
  • Organizer: Shiseido
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Plaza Gallery Kenji Endo Exhibition “Dia de Ano Nuevo”


Plaza Gallery invites you to experience the captivating world of Kenji Endo at the "Día de Año Nuevo" exhibition, running from Sunday, January 7th, to Saturday, January 27th, 2024. Immerse yourself in the artistic journey and find delight in the unique expressions on display.

  • Date: January 7th (Sunday) - January 27th (Saturday), 2024
  • Venue: Plaza Gallery
  • Hours: 11:00 - 18:00
  • Closed: Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
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