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


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21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa "DXP (Digital Transformation Planet): Towards the Next Interface"

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, presents the exhibition "DXP (Digital Transformation Planet) - To the Next Interface". How will digital technology change our way of life and sensibilities? This question has been asked repeatedly since the 20th century. In 2023, we may answer this question: a completely different planet is about to emerge. On this planet which has entered the Anthropocene, we are immersed in an invisible network. Our lives are partly (and getting more and more) controlled by AI, and the relationship between technology and life is being generated a new every day.

  • Date: Oct. 7, 2023 to March 17, 2024
  • Closed: Mondays (open Oct. 9 and 30, Jan. 8 and Feb. 12),
    10. October, December 31, December 29 - January 1, January 4, January 9, February 13
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00) *Enter by 30 minutes early prior to closing
  • Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa exhibition rooms 7-14, long-term installation room, design gallery, etc.
  • Tickets: available through the website.
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MOT Collection Membrane of the Time Special feature | YOKOO Tadanori―Ever-Changing, Like Water 100th Anniversary of Birth | Sam FRANCIS


三上晴子《スーツケース | World Membrane: Disposal Containers–Suitcases》《[スーツケース(黄)]》1992-93[部分]
MOT コレクション展示風景 撮影:柳場大

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo houses approximately 5,700 artworks in its extensive collection, which spans the modern and contemporary periods with a focus on art of the postwar years. Each installment of the “MOT Collection” exhibition introduces artworks in the collection from various themes and angles in its effort to convey the diverse appeal of contemporary art.

The Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto "Panta Rhei - As Long as the World Exists" by Yukimasa Ida


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The exhibition "Panta Rhei - As Long as the World Exists" by Yukimasa Ida will be on view at the Kyocera Museum of Art in Kyoto from Saturday, September 30 to Sunday, December 3, 2023. This is the first solo exhibition of painter and contemporary artist Yukimasa Ida in a domestic art museum. It is Ida's largest exhibition to date, in which he takes up the theme of "once in a lifetime" and expresses the "now" that we will never encounter again.

  • Date: September 30, 2023 - December 3
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 *Last admission until 17:30
  • Closed: Mondays (open on holidays)
  • Venue: Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, Main Building, South Corridor, 2
    Price: General / 1,800 yen a day Students / Pupils / 1,500 yen a day Junior high school students and below are free
  • Organizer: Kyoto Shimbun, Kyoto City
  • Sponsor: Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefectural Education Office, Kyoto City Education Office, Keihan Holdings Co., Ltd, FM Co., Ltd.
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Van Gogh and Still Life: From Tradition to Innovation


The Sompo Museum of Art presents "Van Gogh and Still Life : From Tradition to Innovation" from October 17, 2023 (Tuesday) through January 21, 2024 (Sunday). What did Vincent van Gogh learn and what did he pass on? This exhibition places Van Gogh in the flow of still life painting in Europe from the 17th to the early 20th century and shows what Van Gogh learned from his predecessors. We will explore how he reflected this knowledge in his own work and the influence it had on the next generation of painters. This exhibition also focuses on "Sunflowers" and presents works depicting "Sunflowers" by Van Gogh and other painters.

  • Date: October 17, 2023 to January 21, 2024
  • Closed: Mondays (open on 1/8), New Year's Day (12/28-1/3)
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
    (open until 20:00 on 11/17 and 12/8)
    *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • Venue: Sompo Museum of Art
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Good Design Award winning exhibition "GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2023"


Good Design Award-winning "GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION 2023” exhibition
The Japan Institute of Design Promotion will hold an event titled "GOOD DESIGN EXHIBITION" from October 25 (Wednesday) to October 29 (Sunday) at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi, Tokyo, to present the winning works of the Good Design Award 2023."

At this event, we will exhibit all the winning works of "2023 Good Design Award" which will be announced on October 5 (Thursday) *.
This is the first time in four years that all award-winning works since 2019 will be exhibited.
Among the award-winning works, the 100 works selected for the "Good Design Best 100'' that were rated particularly highly will be exhibited in reality*.
We will also present the winning works of the Long Life Design Award, which is given to designs that have been popular for many years.

During the exhibition period, we will introduce the award-winning works and open a POP UP store called "GOOD DESIGN STORE TOKYO by NOHARA" in Tokyo Midtown for a limited time to sell the Good Design Award-winning products.
This is a great event where you can see, touch, buy and integrate the Good Design Award-winning designs from various genres into your daily life.
* Architecture and large-scale award-winning objects will be displayed on explanatory panels.

  • Date: October 25 to October 29, 2023
    Hours: 11:00 - 20:00 (Closing at 21:00 on October 28, 18:00 on October 29)
  • Venue: Various locations in Tokyo Midtown
  • Admission: Free, no pre-registration required (access may be limited depending on traffic)
  • Organizer: Japan Institute for Design Promotion
  • Sponsor: Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Small and Medium Enterprises Agency, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Japan-ASEAN Center, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, NHK, World Design Organization, Tokyo Midtown
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Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) TOKAS Project Vol. 6 "Swaying Calmly, Gazing Quietly"


TOKAS Project Vol. 6 "Swaying Calmly, Gazing Quietly" is held at Tokyo Arts and Space (TOKAS) from October 7 (Saturday) to November 12 (Sunday) 2023. This exhibition presents works by four artists or groups: Jean-Maxime Dufresne & Virginie Laganière, Jen Reimer & Max Stein, Michel Huneault, and Kokubun Yuko. Kokubun took part in a residency program in Quebec in 2022, and the others participated in TOKAS residency programs between 2017 and 2019.

  • Date: October 7 to  November, 2023
  • Hours: 11:00 - 19:00 (Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
  • Closed: Mondays (open on 10/9), 10/10 (Tuesday)
  • Venue: Tokyo Art and Hongo Space
  • Admission: Free
  • Collaboration: Office of the Government of Quebec in Japan, Quebec Arts Council, Center Clark
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The Making of Munakata Shiko: Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of the Artist's Birth


The print artist Munakata Shiko (1903–1975), recipient of the Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale, garnered international acclaim as "the world-revered Munakata." This exhibition, designed to commemorate the 120th anniversary of Munakata's birth, introduces the artist’s diverse range of activities, including everything from important print works to book jackets and illustrations, commercial designs, and his film, TV, and radio appearances. It also reconsiders Munakata Shiko the Artist.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 60th Anniversary exhibition


"The Kyoto Art World Comes of Age A New Generation Takes Over from Seiho and Shoen"
From October 13 (Friday) to December 10 (Sunday) 2023, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, presents the exhibition titled
The Kyoto Art World Comes of Age
A New Generation Takes Over from Seiho and Shoen to celebrate the museum’s 60th anniversary. . Kyoto, which had always been the center of the art world, entered the Meiji period and its inherited traditions and prestige were loosened by the capital Tokyo and Westernization. New generations such as Tsuchida Bakusen, Ono Chikutaka, Nonagase Banka and Okamoto Shinso were born. These painters worked through trial and error with older painters like Takeuchi Seiho and Uemura Shoen to create Japanese paintings that no one had seen before.

This exhibition, marking the 60th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, showcases the sometimes raw, excessive and endearing works of the Kyoto art world from the end of the Meiji era to the beginning of the Showa era, when the painters of the Kyoto art world came together, faltered and struggled. Please enjoy it. Please look forward to it.

  • Date: October 13 to December 10, 2023
  • Closed: Mondays
    Venue: National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • Hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays) *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
  • Organizer: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, NHK Kyoto Broadcasting Station, NHK Enterprises Kinki, Yomiuri Shimbun
  • Sponsor: Nondestructive Testing
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Tokyo National Museum "A trip to Asia at the museum, an Asian party"


From Tuesday, September 26, 2023 to Sunday, October 22, 2023, the Tokyo National Museum holds "A Trip to Asia at the Museum". "A Trip to Asia at the Museum" is an annual autumn project that celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Set in the Toyokan, which exhibits Asian arts, crafts, and archaeological relics, each year a unique theme is set, and works related to that theme are exhibited throughout the museum. This year's theme is "Asian Party". A variety of works related to Asian parties, such as works depicting elegant people's poetry gatherings and musical gatherings, sake vessels and ritual utensils used at banquets in various parts of Asia, and embroidery depicting the thoughts of people celebrating weddings.

  • Date: September 26 to October 22, 2023
  • Venue: Tokyo National Museum Toyokan
  • Hours: 9:30 - 17:00 *Admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed: Mondays, Tuesday, October 10 *Open on Monday, October 9
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