Japanese
Tuesday, October 27 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
Tokyo National Museum [Ueno park]

 

Welcome to Becoming Japanese Art—Round Two!

This unique exhibition space uses exact replicas and innovative video technology to create an immersive environment where visitors can actually “become” famous works of Japanese art. The works on display have all been featured on “Art Tunes!” —an NHK Educational TV show that introduces art from around the world through imaginative original songs and cartoons by the artist Inoue Ryo. After a successful first round in 2018, this exhibition now makes its triumphant return to the Tokyo National Museum (TNM) featuring all new works of art and all new ways to interact with them.

Just like last time, the best way to enjoy your visit today is to throw away your inhibitions and let yourself “become” the art—you can do this by imagining you are one of the characters in the art or that you have been magically transported into the artwork itself.

As the oldest institution of its kind in Japan, many of the works in the Museum’s collection have inspired original songs and cartoons for Art Tunes! When you are finished here, you can go see the original masterpieces in the Museum’s galleries. Whether you are a long-time fan of “Art Tunes!”, or just hearing about it for the first time today, the beauty and power of art is sure to captivate your imagination.

“Art Tunes!” What is it?

“Art Tunes!” is a show on NHK Educational TV that introduces art from around the world in an easy-to-understand way through original songs and animations.

The music, lyrics, and animation are all created by the artist Inoue Ryo. Vivid images, warm, funny lyrics, and catchy melodies come at you one after another. Inoue’s unique interpretations of art will capture your heart. From kids to adults, the show is sure to make anyone who watches want to check out the featured works.

Make friends with art through this new program, airing weekly on Wednesdays at 7:50 p.m.

(c)Inoue Ryo・NHK2020

Highlights of the Exhibition

A Pair of Dates on the Front and Back of a Folding Screen
A Live Performance by the Pine Trees
A Visit to the Writing Box with the Eight-Plank Bridge

A Pair of Dates on the Front and Back of a Folding Screen

The Wind God and Thunder God got along splendidly when they first met. But now, they sometimes have gloomy days clouded
by fighting…

The two gods go on dates on the front and back sides of their folding screen, which share a hidden connection. When a crack of thunder sounds out on the front side, what happens on the back?

Important Cultural PropertyWind God and Thunder GodBy Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century

Important Cultural PropertyFlowering Plants of Summer and AutumnBy Sakai Hoitsu, Edo period, 19th century

“Art Tunes!” A Secret between Two Gods ©NHK・井上涼2020

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Contents Production: PROTOTYPE INC

Use of this piece was made possible through collaboration between the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage and Canon Inc. as part of their "Joint-Research Project on the Utilization of High-resolution Facsimiles of Cultural Properties."

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A Live Performance by the Pine Trees

This ink painting depicts a pine grove with snow-covered mountains visible in the distance. Today, it comes to life in a special performance only at TNM.

Pretend you’re walking through a forest of pine trees covered in a cold, damp, smoke-like fog under lightly falling snow. Listen to the wind and the sound of swaying pines in this one-of-a-kind performance.

National TreasurePine TreesBy Hasegawa Tohaku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century

“Art Tunes!” The Pine Tree Dancers ©NHK・Inoue Ryo2020

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Contents Production: PROTOTYPE INC

Use of this work was made possible through collaboration between the National Institutes for Cultural Heritage and Canon Inc. as part of their "Joint-Research Project on the Utilization of High-resolution Facsimiles of Cultural Properties."
The Tsuzuri Project (Project organizer: Kyoto Culture Association (NPO)/Partner organization : Canon Inc.) Production & Donation

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Canon

A Visit to the Writing Box with the Eight-Plank Bridge

Outside, bridges and irises wrap around the box.
Inside, water is flowing.
As you cross the bridge and enter the box,You will find a glittering world with irises blooming along golden riverbanks.

National TreasureWriting Box with the Eight-Plank BridgeBy Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century

“Art Tunes!” Welcome to YATSUHASHI Writing Box ©NHK・Inoue Ryo2020

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Contents Production: TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD.

Japanese Lacquer Workshop

Make a design using iris leaves and flowers, bridge planks, and flowing water as your design elements.
Adjust the size and position of each part to create your own original design.

Once your masterpiece is complete, you can exhibit it inside a virtual display case, or make it into a paper model.

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Contents Production: TNYU Inc.

Special Movie

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TNM Travel

The music, lyrics, and animation are all created by Inoue Ryo.

びじゅチューンの題材となったほんもの!!をみつけよう!

HonkanJapanese Gallery

Heiseikan

The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures

Kuroda Memorial Hall

本館 日本の美術
2階
1階
平成館 特別展と日本の考古
2階

The special exhibition Momoyama: Artistic Visions in a Turbulent
Century (October 6–November 29) will require a separate reservation and
entry fee.

1階
法隆寺宝物館 奈良・法隆寺に伝わった仏教の美術
1階
黒田記念館 洋画家・黒田清輝の作品
1階

Songs from Art Tunes! and te Artworks at TNM that Inspired Them

詳細はこちら

Tickets

All visitors must make an online reservation.

Ticket reservations can be made at the ticket booths on the day of your visit only when the day’s online ticket sales have not reached the predetermined number.

東京国立博物館オンラインチケット 総合文化展 事前予約

Admission

Adults: 1,000 yen
University Students: 500 yen
High/Junior High/Elementary School Students and persons under 18 and over 70: Free

* Entry to most special exhibitions requires a package ticket that is priced separately.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free of charge along with one attendant. Please show official ID or other documentation.
* Regular admission is free for persons under 18 and over 70. Please show proof of age (driver's license, passport, etc.) when entering.

General Information

Period Tuesday, October 27 - Sunday, December 6, 2020
Venue Room T5 & T4, Honkan
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays and Saturdays until 21:00 Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Closed Mondays (Except for November 23) and November 24
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, National Center for the Promotion of Cultural Properties, NHK
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Getting Here, Admission & Hours