Thematic Exhibitions

From the depths of Ueno, a story begins―Tamana Araki

July 22 (Sat) – October 9 (Mon-holiday), 2023

"Hajimari, Hajimari!"—It’s curtain time! for a nostalgic, slightly spooky exhibition enjoyable for both children and adults. The charm of featured artist Tamana Araki (1970-) is her world view blending a wonky cuteness with spine-chilling sensations. Employing motifs evocative of light and shadow, folk tales, houses, and boats, Araki creates works that arouse nostalgic feelings, sensibilities, and memories deep within us, thereby luring us into an extraordinary world existing beyond our everyday lives.
For this exhibition, along with the prints brimming with poetic sentiment and interactive installations she has displayed until now, Araki will additionally create a large-scale installation inspired by memories layered in the venue’s site, “Ueno.” Through viewing experiences prompted by richly narrative artworks, the exhibition will examine the preciousness of each person’s everyday life.
Many programs for people of all ages, including creative workshops led by the artist and art appreciation programs with art communicators, will be offered during the exhibition period.
This summer, we invite you on a strange and wondrous journey across the border between the ordinary and the extraordinary in the underground space of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. It will be an experience like turning a storybook’s pages one by one. Won’t you join us?

  1. 1. A large-scale installation inspired by “memory layered in Ueno”
    A new large-scale work dazzling to the imagination—as if memory layered in the venue site, Ueno, had transformed into a giant sculpture. Deep at the “bottom” of the Museum in its immense underground gallery, an exhibition taking viewers on a strange and wonderous journey across the border between the ordinary and the extraordinary.
  2. 2. Interactive artworks and immersive exhibits
    Viewers will enjoy experience of nostalgic, slightly spooky spaces through interactive installations, created in colorful, surreal surroundings, and richly poetic prints and sculptures that fuse reality and fantasy.
  3. 3. First retrospective of an artist known for her wide-ranging multimedia art practice
    Since the 1990s, Tamana Araki has exhibited nationally and internationally in group and solo shows. This exhibition will cover the full scope of Araki’s work in diverse genres, from her earliest pieces to latest works created for this exhibition—including the art collaborations characteristic of her career.




July 22 (Sat) – October 9 (Mon-holiday), 2023
Gallery A, B, C
Mondays and September 19 (Tue)
(Open the Mondays of August 14, September18, October 9)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

General ¥1,100 / College students ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

  • ※Visitors of high-school age and younger will be admitted free
  • ※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
  • ※Free admission for visitors 65 and older on “Respect for the Aged Day,” Sep 18 (Mon-hol)
  • ※In each case, please show identification
  • ※On October 1 (Sun) everyone receives free admission

【Summer Night Museum Discount】

  • *After 17:00 on Jul 28 (Fri) and Aug 4 (Fri), 11 (Fri/hol), 18 (Fri), and 25 (Fri), general admissions and seniors 65+ will receive a \200 discount on the applicable price of admission, and college and vocational school students will be admitted free with valid ID. (Please present your certificate)
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