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


Oku-Noto Triennale 2023

The Oku-Noto Triennale 2023, a contemporary art festival, will be held in the city of Suzu in Ishikawa Prefecture starting Saturday, September 23, 2023. The festival will be supported by artists from Japan and abroad who will engage with Suzu and express their works rooted in the region. Contemporary art created through the collaboration of artists, citizens and supporters is in harmony with the climate of Oku-Noto, creating an experience of time and space that touches all five senses.

  • Date: September 23, 2023 (Sat) to November 12, 2023 (Sun)
  • Hours: 9:30 - 17:00 (some night works are open until 21:00)
  • Venue: Entire area of Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture (247.20km²)
  • URL:
  • Organizer: Oku-Noto Triennale Executive Committee

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.

  • Date: July 15 to November 5, 2023
  • Closed: Mondays (except 18 Sep.and 9 Oct.) and 19 Sep., 10 Oct.
  • Hours: 10:00-18:00 (Tickets available until 30 minutes before closing.)
  • Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Collection Gallery
  • URL:

21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa "Alex Da Corte Fresh Hell"


© Alex Da Corte studio

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa will present the exhibition "Alex Da Corte Fresh Hell" from April 29 (Saturday/vacation) to September 18 (Monday/vacation) 2023. Alex da Corte is an artist known for his works in which he plays with objects and icons that are familiar to him while deconstructing and reconstructing their original meaning. His work is characterized by drawing inspiration from a variety of sources, including TV, films, comics, and animation, as well as popular culture, consumer culture, art history, and design, and employing a variety of media, including video, sculpture, painting, and installation, while probing the visual culture of the American middle class.

In all his techniques, he pays close attention to vivid colors and shapes, and his extensive knowledge of art history and delicate, unique sensibilities transform familiar motifs into rich and elegant assemblages. While it has a charm that attracts people, it also appeals to human emotions that cannot be expressed in words, such as loneliness and anxiety, and has a charm that makes people dance not in a rationally organized realm but in a strange world of delusions. This exhibition, the first by Alex da Corte to be held at an Asian art museum, will feature a total of 11 video installation works, including his recent works.

  • Date: April 29, 2023 to September 18, 2023
  • Closed: Mondays (but open on 18 September)
  • Hours: 10:00~18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
    *Tickets are sold until 30 minutes before closing.
  • Venue: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa Exhibition Rooms 7-12, 14
  • How to purchase a date and time designated web ticket: You can purchase from the website.

Art Tower Mito Mito Civic Center opening commemorative project "Opening of the Art Center 2023 - Playing with the community"


ゲルダ・シュタイナー&ヨルク・レンツリンガー《美の論理》2012年 水戸芸術館所管 撮影:木奥惠三

The second part of the exhibition "Opening the Art Center'' is held to celebrate the opening of the Civic Center, which is built next to Art Tower Mito. The main venue, the Contemporary Art Gallery at Art Tower Mito, is a place where people from a wide range of backgrounds, from children to seniors, enjoy creating and interacting, and exhibits collection works with the keywords of "community" and "play" and the local community. The exhibition presents projects created in collaboration with groups and citizens of the city, which serve as a basis for urban development. Be sure to visit the Art Center, where things change depending on the project and something new is created.

  • Date: July 22, 2023 to October 9, 2023 (Monday/vacation)
  • Hours: 10:00-18:00 (admission until 17:30)
    *Mito Civic Hall 8:30~22:00 / Keisei Department Store 10:30~19:00
  • Closed: Art Tower Mito: Mondays (*open September 18 and October 9), September 19 (Tuesday)
    Keisei Department Store: September 13 (Wednesday), October 4(Wednesday)
  • Main venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
  • Coordinating venues: Mito Civic Hall, Keisei Department Store, etc.
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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
  • Address: 13-9 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo
  • Hours: 9:30~17:00 *Admission until 30 minutes before closing
  • Closed: Mondays, Tuesday, October 10 *Open on Monday, October 9
  • URL:

Osaka Nakanoshima Museum of Art special exhibition “MINGEI - Beauty is in daily life”


The Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka will hold its first exhibition after its opening, "Mingei: Beauty in Life" from Saturday, July 8 to September 18, 2023. It will be held during Mondays and public holidays). "Mingei" is a folk craft that the philosopher Muneyoshi Yanagi preached about 100 years ago. The concept of "folk art", which cherishes the beauty in everyday life and cares about the materials and craftsmen, is now needed again and is becoming a familiar part of our lives. This exhibition unravels the theme of "clothes, food, and housing" about folk crafts and display beautiful folk crafts that have been used in daily life. Please take a look.

  • Date: July 8, 2023 to September 18, 2023
  • Closed: Mondays *However, open on September 18th (Monday/Holiday)
  • Hours: 10:00~17:00 (entrance until 16:30)
  • Venue: 4th floor exhibition room, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka (4-3-1 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka)
  • Admission fee: General 1,700 yen (group 1,500 yen) High school and university students 1,300 yen (group 1,000 yen)
    *Junior high school students and younger are free
    *Prices in parentheses are for groups of 20 or more.
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ATELIER MUJI Special Exhibition Life in Art "JAPAN CRAFT 'Design of One Hundred Craftsmanship' Exhibition"



ATELIER MUJI special exhibition Life in Art "JAPAN CRAFT 'Design of a Hundred Craftsmen' Exhibition" will be held at ATELIER MUJI GINZA Gallery 1 and 2 from September 29th (Friday) to October 29th (Sunday), 2023. Life in Art is a project sponsored by Ryohin Keikaku to expand art (=culture) with the theme of everyday art. This project, which started in 2011, has set the theme of ``Art'' in 2021, ``Design'' in 2022, and ``Craft'' this year, and is titled ``JAPAN CRAFT'', which focuses on everyday crafts that are spreading throughout Japan.

  • Exhibition period: September 29 to October 29, 2023 * 9/29 - 10/9 is the exhibition period, 10/10 - 10/29 is the sales period
  • Advance reservations are required during the sales period (applications are scheduled to begin on October 4th), and there may be some admission restrictions. For details, please refer to SNS or official website.
  • Hours: 11:00 - 21:00
  • Closed: Same as store
  • Venue: MUJI Ginza 6F ATELIER MUJI GINZA Gallery1・2
  • Fee: Free
  • URL:

Geidai Art Plaza Special Exhibition “Border”


A joint project between Shogakukan and Tokyo University of the Arts, the special exhibition "Border" at the gallery "Geidai Art Plaza" in the campus of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts (Ueno, Taito Ward) will be held on September 30, 2023 ( It will be held from Saturday (Saturday) to Sunday, November 26th. More than 20 artists affiliated with the University of the Arts will exhibit and sell works with the theme of "boundaries."

  • First period: September 30 to October 22, 2023
  • Second period: October 28 to November 26, 2023
  • Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays *Closed from October 23rd (Monday) to October 27th (Friday) due to exhibition replacement
  • Time: 10:00~18:00
  • Venue: Geidai Art Plaza
  • Fee: Free
  • URL:

Matsukawa Box “Anish Kapoor Exhibition”


Anish Kapoor, PK100641 2018

A new art gallery "THE MIRROR" will open in Matsukawa Box, a famous building by architect Dan Miyawaki, and will hold the "Anish Kapoor Exhibition" from September 20, 2023 (Wednesday) to March 29, 2024 (Friday). "THE MIRROR" first appeared in Ginza in 2014 as a place for the creation of various humanities and arts such as art, design, literature, and science. In the fall of 2023, the exhibition will once again be holding a variety of activities centered around art at Matsukawa Box in Nishi-Waseda.

  • Date: September 20, 2023 to March 29, 2024
  • Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm to 5pm
  • Venue: Matsukawa Box Building A
    (2-14-15 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo)
  • Reservation: 1-hour rotation system Reservation required from the reservation site
  • Capacity: Up to 10 people each time
  • Fee: 1,000 yen per person (tax included) Free for junior high school students and under (please refrain from bringing preschoolers to the event)
  • Cooperation: Anish Kapoor Studio
  • URL:

Lurf MUSEUM / Yosuke Oomo Solo Exhibition “Walk around my town”


Yosuke Omomo's solo exhibition "Walk around my town" will be held at Lurf MUSEUM from September 8th (Friday) to October 2nd (Monday), 2023. This exhibition is an exhibition that summarizes Yosuke Oomo's work up to now, five years after his first solo exhibition "Come to my town", and will display over 30 works including his first large-scale painting.  In addition, Yosuke Oomo's collection of works "ON THE CORNER Yosuke Oomo Works Collection'' (Genkosha) will be released. In addition to pre-sale at this exhibition prior to its release, Yosuke Oomo's goods created for this exhibition will be sold at Lurf MUSEUM's stores and online store.

  • Date: September 8 to October 2, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 - 19:00
  • Closing days: Irregular holidays
  • Venue: Lurf MUSEUM / Roof Museum 2F
  • Fee: Free
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