Art exhibits for the artistic and curious. Take your teen and learn about Ancient greek and Pompidou art or take a break and visit yourself! The summer heat can be pretty difficult to handle in Tokyo, so going to an exhibit is the perfect way to cool off while giving the eyes something beautiful to enjoy. Here are two art exhibits we recommend during the summer months.
Art exhibits – Ueno Park
1. Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou: Timeline 1906–1977@ Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Ueno) June 11 – September 22, 2016 –
My kids loved the Pompidou when we visited in Paris two summers ago. Now you can enjoy part of the permanent exhibit in Tokyo. The Centre Pompidou, in the heart of Paris, is famous for its gem-like
collection of modern and contemporary. This exhibition will trace a timeline from 1906 to 1977 by selecting one work by one artist for each year from the Pompidou’s collection. The exhibition, which will include Henri Matisse’s bold, late-period oil painting, Large Red Interior
, will survey French 20th-century art by means of a diverse lineup of artists.
This is a great exhibition for teens who are interested in art and art history. Following the timeline, one follows the artwork from the ground floor to the top. On each floor, there is a Japanese and English introduction to the time period. Even though most of the viewers were adults, the boys enjoyed the artworks, especially the more modern ones. They also found art from Nazi period very interesting. There are quotes from each artist next to their piece which adds to the atmosphere. Expect to spend one to two hours admiring the artwork. If you come with children, they offer them magnetic boards to draw on.
Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou: Timeline 1906–1977 Details
Exhibit Dates: June 11 – September 22, 2016 (closed Mondays and July 19th)
Times: Closed Monday; 9:30 – 17:30
Address: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 8-36 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admission Cost: Adults on day purchase 1,600 JPY , University Students 1,300 JPY, High School Students 800 JPY, Junior High and below free
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit), 10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
Art exhibits – Ueno Park
2. A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece @ Tokyo National Museum (Ueno) June 21 – September 19, 2016
– This exhibition showcases sculptures, fresco paintings, and metal objects from Greece. Let us set off on a journey through Greek art, which blossomed from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods in various areas in Greece, such as the Aegean Islands, including Cyclades and Crete, as well as Athens, Sparta, and Macedonia. This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan of Greek artworks gathered solely from the country of Greece.
Filled with golden accessories, lifelike sculptures, this exhibit is a treasure of Ancient Greek time. Another great exhibit for teens interested in art or history. The exhibit is split into two sections and eight periods. The display cases are lined with a large variety of Ancient Greek gems from Greek writing to a golden wreath to wall painting. The boys loved the videos accompanied with the pieces, the athletic ones in particular. It takes a couple of hours to get through the whole exhibit if one examines each with patience. So if you are going to visit, plan a minimin one hour to enjoy.
A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece Details
Exhibit Dates: June 21 – September 19, 2016
Hours: 9:30 – 17:00; Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays until 18:00; closed Mondays (Except for Monday, July 18, August 15, September 19), July 19
Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park), 13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Adults 1,600 JPY, University students 1,200 JPY, High school students: 900 JPY, Junior high school students and under Free
Event Website: http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1787
10 min. walk from JR Ueno Station (Park Exit), 10 min. walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line Ueno Station, or 10 min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station
Top Summer 2016 Tokyo Kids Exhibits
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