Recommended Exhibitions in Japan for November 2021

Introducing art gallery and museum exhibitions taking place across the country in November 2021. In addition to the dates, you can also find out detailed information about the works on display. For the current opening hours, check the websites of each museum before you visit them.

"13th Shibuya Art Festival 2021 ~ SHIBUYA ART SCRAMBLE ~" Shibuya Art Festival x Blue Period


The Executive Committee of Shibuya Art Festival is holding the "13th Shibuya Art Festival 2021 ~" for 9 days from November 6 (Sat) to November 14 (Sun), 2021 with the theme of "Exploring the relationship between the city and art". The exhibition will be held in Shibuya city in the hope that people will feel comfortable and regain their passion even in the extremely difficult situation due to the pandemic. Please enjoy the unique art festival.

Dates: November 6 (Sat) - November 14 (Sun), 2021.
Venue: Around Shibuya Station
Organizer: Executive Committee of the Shibuya Art Festival

"Taiwan NOW" KITTE (Marunouchi, Tokyo), virtual venue, etc.


The Executive Committee of Asia NOW and co-sponsor, Cultural Taiwan Foundation, are organizing a cultural exchange project "Taiwan NOW". The event welcomes artists, creatives and designers from Japan and Taiwan with the aim of deepening cultural exchange and goodwill between the countries. In Tokyo, a large-scale installation is on display in collaboration with leading Taiwanese contemporary artist Michael Lin and Atelier Bow-Wow, one of Japan's leading architeDates: 23 October 2021 (Sat) - 16 January 2022 (Sun).cts. This work consists of chairs, tables, stages, etc. It is installed on the 1st floor of KITTE Atrium and visitors can not only view the work but also use the chairs and tables. There will be various other programs taking place. For details, see the URL below.

Dates: Oct. 30 (Sat.) - Nov. 14 (Sun.), 2021
Fees: FreeVenue: KITTE (Marunouchi, Tokyo), virtual venue, etc.
Organizer: Cultural Taiwan Foundation
URL: (Michael LIN ✕ Atelier Bow-Wow)

"ZAHA HADID DESIGN Exhibition " Karimoku Commons Tokyo



The "ZAHA HADID DESIGN Exhibition" is an exhibition of various collaborative works by Zaha Hadid. On display are architectural models, including unbuilt ones selected from the archive of Zaha Hadid's works, as well as lighting fixtures, rugs and jewelry that Zaha Hadid Design has been working on for over 10 years. You will also be able to admire a giant diorama-like wooden table. There will also be an introduction to the Zaha Hadid Design x Karimoku Furniture collaboration collection "SEYUN" and five works by photographer Koichiro Iwamoto inspired by Zaha Hadid.

Date: October 13 (Wednesday) - December 3 (Friday), 2021.
Hours: 12: 00-18: 00 Closed Days:
Free admission: irregular holidays (see the reservation page for details).
Venue: Karimoku Commons Tokyo (2-22-5 Nishiazabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo).

"The Origin of the Japanese Design Movement after World War II: The Traces of the Design Committee" Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki


The Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Kawasaki City will host the special exhibition "The Origin of the Post-World War II Design Movement: People of the Design Committee and Their Careers" is on display. We look back at the activities of the "International Design Committee" (now Japan Design Committee), which was established for the purpose of international exchange and design education as the forerunner of the postwar design movement. The former Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building (1957), the Kagawa Prefectural Government Building (1958), the World Design Conference (1960), the Tokyo Olympics (1964), etc. are valuable opportunities to unravel the history of its activities.

Dates: 23 October 2021 (Sat) - 16 January 2022 (Sun).
Opening hours: 9: 30-17: 00 (admission is until 16:30).
Closed: Monday (except January 10), November 4 (Thursday), November 24 (Wednesday), December 29 (Wednesday) - January 3 (Monday), January 11 (Monday) Fire).

Fees: General 1,000 yen, students / 65 years and older 800 yen, junior high school students and younger free (There is a separate group fee).

Venue: Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki Planning exhibition space.

"Japanese Art Directorate Exhibition 2021-2022"


Installation view of "Art Direction in Japan 2019" Exhibition 2019

"Japanese Art Direction Exhibition 2020-2021" is held at Creation Gallery GB and is organised by Recruit Holdings. The exhibition will be held for the first time in two years. You can see the selected award-winning works and the works entered in the yearbook from about 10,000 entries after a rigorous review by the members of ADC. The works were announced, used and published in Japan during the two years from May 2019 to April 2021.
The award-winning and winning works selected here will be featured in both Creation Gallery G8 [general works (non-members)] and Ginza Graphic Gallery [members' works].

Date: November 1 (Monday) - November 30 (Tuesday), 2021
Hours: 11: 00-19: 00
Closed days: Sundays and public holidays
Fees: Free
Venue: Creation Gallery G8 (general works exhibition: 8-4-17, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
Ginza Graphic Gallery (exhibition of members' works: 1F, DNP Ginza Building, 7-7-2 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo).

"Yes, Kawaii Is Art" Kitakagaya, Osaka


"Yes, Kawaii Is Art"

Artist Sebastian Masuda's exhibition "Yes, Kawaii Is Art" is held in Kitakagaya, Osaka, which is also known as "the city of art." This exhibition, along with Masuda's works, explores the current location of "Kawaii" that has influenced the world. Since 2020, Mr. Masuda has been conducting dialogues with the Kawaii community around the world to illuminate the heart that sinks into the corona wreckage with colour. It is also the first public release in Japan, like a masterpiece. During the exhibition, the works will be displayed in three different locations, and exhibitions and events will be held simultaneously at nearby art institutions. Sebastian Masuda's colourful and exciting art appearing in industrial streets and buildings and exhibited with memories of the place will let you experience the world of "Kawaii", which is evolving in all countries.

Date: 30 October (Sat) -21 November (Sun), 2021
Fees: Venue 1: Weekdays 500 yen Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 1,000 yen.
Through the 1st and 2nd venues: 1,500 yen (one-time admission only)
Venue 3: Free of charge