NPO Aoyama Design Forum presents the recommended exhibitions of art galleries and museums in November 2023. 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.


Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Ueno Artist Project 2023: Picturing and Touching the Lives of Others — Fungi, Plants, Animals and Humans

The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum holds "Ueno Artist Project 2023: Picturing and Touching the Lives of Others — Fungi, Plants, Animals and Humans" This exhibition features six artists who have devoted themselves to "picturing and touching" non-human beings that exist in the natural world.
Plants and animals are enormously popular motifs for creative and expressive activities. This exhibition examines the works of artists who have formed ongoing relationships with a variety of living beings, which they observe and depict for decades with unwavering passion.

  • Date: November 16 (Thu), 2023 - January 8 (Mon-holiday), 2024
  • Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Gallery A, C
  • Closed: November 20, December 4, 18, 21 - January 3, 2024
  • Time: 9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
  • Days of Extended Hours:
    November 17, 24, December 1, 8 9:30 - 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
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Concurrently, the exhibition "At the Zoo — From the Tokyo Metropolitan Collection and Other Collections" is also being held. This exhibition displays works and materials related to zoos that are kept by facilities and individuals.
This exhibition displays zoo-related artworks and materials from the collections of the Tokyo Metropolitan museum, other organizations, and individuals with a focus on Japan’s oldest zoo, the Ueno Zoo located next to the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
As you tour the exhibition, viewing fragments of the memories dwelling in zoos, we hope you will have opportunity to look afresh at the relationship developing between humans and animals in this place, the zoo, since early modern times.

  • Date: November 16 (Thu), 2023 - January 8 (Mon-holiday), 2024
  • Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum Gallery B
  • Closed: November 20, December 4, 18, 21 - January 3, 2024
  • Hours: 9:30 - 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
  • Days of Extended Hours: November 17, 24, December 1, 8  9:30 - 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
  • Admission: Free
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Commemorating the opening of Azabudai Hills Gallery "Olafur Eliasson A harmonious cycle of interconnected nows"


Azabudai Hills Gallery is hosting the exhibition: "A Harmonious Cycle of Interconnected nows" from Friday, November 24, 2023 to Sunday, March 31, 2024. Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson is internationally renowned for his artworks that question the way we engage with the world around us, and in recent years also for his active engagement with social issues such as the climate crisis. Driven by his interest in perception, physical experience and ecology, Eliasson’s artworks often use movement, color and light to invite the viewer to actively shape their experience.

  • Date: November 24, 2023 (Friday) - March 31, 2024 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Azabudai Hills Gallery
  • Time: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun/10:00 - 19:00, Tuesday/10:00 - 17:00
    Fridays, Saturdays, holidays, and the day before holidays/10:00 - 20:00
  • Organizer: Azabudai Hills Gallery
  • Sponsor: Embassy of Iceland, Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark
  • Planning: Mami Kataoka (Director, Mori Art Museum), Takuichi Tokuyama (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)
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Nezu Museum Special Exhibition "Masterpieces of Northern Song Paintings and Calligraphy"


The special exhibition "Masterpieces of Northern Song Painting and Calligraphy" will be on display at Nezu Museum from November 3, 2023 (Friday/holiday) to December 3, 2023 (Sunday). In 2018, the legendary and authentic work "Five Horses Scrolls" (currently owned by the Tokyo National Museum) by Li Gonglin (1049?-1106), one of the leading painters of the Northern Song Dynasty in China, was exhibited for the first time in about 80 years. This exhibition takes the opportunity to bring together in one place the finest works of calligraphy and painting from the Northern Song Dynasty that have survived in Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, U.S.A., is holding a special exhibition of Li Gonglin's "Fialianism Picture Scroll", which can be regarded as the standard work for his white paintings. Please take this opportunity.

  • Date: November 3 (Friday/Holiday) - December 3 (Sunday), 2023
  • Closed: Mondays
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Admission: Online reservation is required. General 1,800 yen, Student 1,500 yen. 200 yen discount for those presenting a disability certificate and accompanying persons, free for junior high school students and younger.
  • Venue: Nezu Museum Exhibition Rooms 1 and 2
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Daikanyama Hillside Forum New World of Japanese Paintings "Neo-Japanese Painting Exhibition : New World of Japanese Painting"


Art Obsession presents works by 10 contemporary painters who carry on the traditional art of Nihonga, a traditional art form with a history of 1,000 years. Heirs to a tradition of painting materials and techniques unique in the world, the Japanese painters of this period have felt the winds of modernity and created imaginative and colorful paintings. It is no exaggeration to say that they opened up a new Neo-Japanese world. This exhibition features some 60 works by Japanese-style painters (Noriko Okawara, Aiko Sakamoto, Tatsuhiro Suizu, Kaori Someya, Haruna Takahama, Yuki Matsumura, Aiko Miura, Kana Mizuno, Junk Mizuno and Yuki Yatsu) working in Japan and abroad, showing the new world of Japanese painting with their own sensibility.

Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan "Tadanori Yokoo: 100 Takes on Hanshan and Shide"


The Tokyo National Museum Hyokeikan is showing the exhibition "Yokoo Tadanori Kanzan Hyakutoku" from September 12 (Tuesday) to December 3 (Sunday), 2023. In this exhibition, 100 completely new works from the "Kanzan Joutoku" series reconstructed by contemporary artist Tadanori Yokoo with his own interpretation of "Kanzan Joutoku" will be shown for the first time Yokoo continued work on the series during the coronavirus pandemic, creating over a hundred paintings based on Hanshan and Shide in a studio shielded from the mundane world, reflecting the transcendent lives of these legendary figures. This series traverses different realms and weaves a dazzling story that truly transcends space and time. The largest series in Yokoo’s career poses countless questions to the viewer, like a mirror that shows a different reflection each time. The artist's largest series, the 100 works of Kanzan Jhotoku, are like a hundred faces and will pose a multitude of questions to the viewer.

Co-organized by Fukuda Museum of Art and Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan "Edo Paintings A to Z – Jakuchu, Hokusai, Rosetsu and more"



Until January 8, 2024, the Fukuda Art Museum is showing the exhibition “Edo Paintings A to Z – Jakuchu, Hokusai, Rosetsu and more” in collaboration with the Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan. Painters who were active in Kyoto during the Edo period are currently attracting a lot of attention, such as the ukiyo-e prints by Katsushika Hokusai, the chickens by Ito Jakuchu and the puppies by Maruyama Okyo and Nagasawa Ashiki. But they are not the only ones that tell of the Edo period! . Many other great painters were also gathered to show off their skills. Especially in Edo, ukiyo-e prints, which depicted the lives of ordinary people, fashion trends, actors, etc., became popular in the Edo metropolis as a new medium, similar to today's magazines and advertising materials.
The second venue, Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan, is holding an ukiyo-e festival. In addition to masterpieces such as Katsushika Hokusai's own paintings "The Great Tengu" and "The Three Beautiful Women in the Ink Bank", Hiroshige Utagawa's ukiyo-e print "The Fifty-three Stations of Tokaido" is also introduced. You can enjoy everything from prints that everyone has seen at least once to the world of detailed and powerful hand-painted ukiyo-e.

  • Date: First period: October 18 (Wednesday) - December 4 (Monday), Second period: December 6 (Wednesday) - January 8, 2024 (Monday/Holiday)
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entry at 16:30)
  • Closed: December 5 (Tuesday) , December 30 - January 1
  • Venues: Fukuda Museum of Art and Saga Arashiyama Bunkakan
  • Admission: At Fukuda Art Museum: General/University students: 1,500 (1,400) yen, High school student: 900 (800) yen, Elementary and junior high school students: 500 (400) yen. Ticket covering both venues are also available.
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Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art "Theo Jansen Exhibition"


《アニマリス・アデュラリ》(c)Theo Jansen

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Chiba Prefecture, the Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art is holding an exhibition by Theo Jansen, a world-famous Dutch artist with close ties to Chiba Prefecture. Theo Janssen is an artist, inventor and scientist and is often referred to as a “modern Leonardo da Vinci". His masterpiece, the “Strandbeest", is a “life form" (beast) made of familiar materials such as plastic tubes and adhesive tape that runs with the power of the wind. This exhibition features more than 10 Strandbeasts, some of which are over 10 meters long, as well as hand-drawn sketches of ideas, tools needed for production and prototype models.

  • Date: October 27 (Friday) , 2023- January 21 (Sunday), 2024 
  • Time: 9:00 - 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
  • Closed: Mondays and New Year's holidays (December 28 to January 4)
  • Admission: 1,000 yen for adults, 500 yen for students
  • Venue: Chiba Prefectural Museum of Art
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Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art "Delicious Botanical Art: Stories of plants that color food"


"Delicious Botanical Art: Stories of Plants that Color Food" takes place from October 6 (Friday) to November 26 (Sunday), 2023 at the Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, is one of the largest botanic gardens in the world. In this exhibition, we will show detailed botanical paintings of vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices, etc., as well as furniture and tableware that adorned 18th and 19th century dining tables, in collaboration with the garden, which has about 220,000 artifacts. Recipes on display, etc. Approximately 190 works trace the "delicious" history of British food and beauty. Please enjoy.

Kyoto/ARTRO Hiroshi Isotani solo exhibition "Today and Sustainability"


左) 展⽰⾵景:「Prada Mode Tokyo」東京都庭園美術館、東京、2023年

The solo exhibition "Today and Sustainability" by the artist Hiroshi Isotani has been taking place from October 26 (Thursday) to November 25 (Saturday), 2023 at a modern art gallery ARTRO in Kyoto, which was renovated from a warehouse over 100 years old. It was curated by the director of Supermarket Gallery, Joiii Xu. This exhibition is a collaboration program with Art Collaboration Kyoto (ACK), a contemporary art fair that will be held in Kyoto from October 26 (Thursday) to October 30 (Monday), 2023.

  • Date: October 26 (Thursday) - November 25 (Saturday), 2023
  • Time: 11:00 - 18:00 (Mondays and holidays)
  • Venue: ARTRO
  • Sponsor: Hattori Shoji Co., Ltd.
  • Grant: Art Collaboration Kyoto Executive Committee
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