Museum Concept

11 Initiatives to Become a “Doorway to Art”

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is working to become a “doorway to art” through the 11 initiatives below.

1. Special Exhibitions

The Museum holds large-scale art exhibitions in co-organization with mass communications agencies, so as to provide encounters with art masterpieces from Japan and around the world.

2. Thematic Exhibitions

The Museum holds independently organized exhibitions under a common theme each year on the basis of three themes. They include “Arts & Life” exhibitions proposing art-inspired lifestyles, “Contemporary Artist” exhibitions featuring current Japanese artists, and “Arts & Care” exhibitions introducing works by people with disabilities.

3. Collection Exhibitions

The Museum holds exhibitions of the calligraphic works in its collection.

4. Public Entry Exhibitions

The Museum offers a variety of exhibitions by art groups and societies specializing in painting, sculpture, craft, and calligraphy. Some 260 groups exhibit in 40 sessions annually.

5. Cooperative Exhibitions

The Museum holds exhibitions in conjunction with art groups and societies, such as “Best Selection,” “TOKYO “SHO”: Japanese Calligraphy Today,” “New-wave Artists—From the Public Entry Exhibition,” and “Group Show of Contemporary Artists.”

6. School Education Exhibitions

The Museum also holds elementary and junior high school art exhibitions in co-organization with school boards and private schools, and graduation work exhibitions in co-organization with high schools and universities.

7. Art Communication Programs

The Museum is more than a place for displaying artworks. It undertakes various programs designed to deepen art appreciation, make art viewing a compelling “experience,” and provide a vigorous environment for the growth of the art community. The Museum undertakes 7 programs to this end.

(1) School Programs
In conjunction with schools, the Museum holds art appreciation programs for small children and elementary school students, and workshops for educators. The Museum also offers career experience opportunities to junior high school students.

(2) Family Programs
The museum holds workshops for families.

(3) Programs for Adults
The Museum offers lectures, music concerts, and workshops to deepen understanding of its exhibitions. Architecture tours of the Museum and nearby buildings are also held.

(4) Art Communication Lab
The Museum undertakes research activities, such as holding forums and engaging in archiving projects related to art communication.

(5) Access Programs
The Museum undertakes programs to help people better utilize its facilities, such as special art viewing opportunities for people with disabilities.

(6) Internships
The Museum offers internships in order to foster young human resources.

(7) Community Programs
As a community-linked project, the Museum is working with traditional crafts makers and designers to develop new tradition-based products (TOKYO CRAFTS & DESIGN). Then, through its TOBI Gateway Project, undertaken with Tokyo University of the Arts, the Museum is fostering “Art communicators (“Tobira”).” The project is linked with programs (1)-(6) above in the endeavor to foster the art community, as set forth in its mission statement.

8. Sato Keitaro Memorial Lounge

The Museum operates an art information lounge where visitors can access information about Tokyo area exhibitions. Staff are on hand to take questions and help with use of the computers. The Lounge also introduces the Museum’s history and displays historical materials related to Keitaro Sato, donated to the Museum.

9. Library and Archives

Possessing some 40,000 reference books, magazines and art exhibition catalogues, and 1,200 archive materials related to the museum, the Library is open to the public as a reading room.

10. Museum Shop

Based on the concept “+ CREATION,” the Museum operates a new kind of museum shop with an array of items that impart richness to life and everyday living.

11. Cafe and Restaurants

The Museum has three restaurants where visitors can relax in an aura of luxury: M cafe, a cafe featuring fragrant fresh-ground coffee and sweets; IVORY, the Museum’s grand restaurant; and MUSEUM TERRACE for casual dining.