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?



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
  • ※In each case, please show identification


  • *During special exhibitions ‘Henri Matisse: The Path to Color’ and ‘Rome, the Eternal City’, receive a ¥300 discount by showing your exhibition ticket
  • ※The exhibition can be viewed without an advance reservation. Limited entry may be enforced when the museum is crowded.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
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