Let's Talk Art!
In a nutshell
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is trying something new. Let’s Talk Art! is a weekly art program, targeted to foreign visitors. The museum is promoting a cross-cultural experience through the exploration of masterpieces of modern Japanese art. The one-hour tour focuses on three pieces of art, chosen by the museum guide. Rather than having an expert tell the participants about the art, the guide encourages discussion about the artwork through questions. This is an opportunity to learn about Japan, its history and its culture through selected artworks.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is a four-story building, with the main special exhibition space on the first floor. Selections from the museum’s permanent collection and other smaller special exhibitions are on the 2nd-4th floors.
This program is open to children 11 and older. Because the tour is structured around relatively simple questions about the artwork, this is an excellent opportunity to introduce younger people to art.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
This tour is conducted completely in English.
Photographs are allowed.
In a world of phone screens and scrolling through all types of visual media, it is refreshing to actually spend some time looking at a piece of art and really “see” it and discuss it with both museum staff and other visitors.
This program is appealing to all types of the English speakers, from newbies to art addicts.
How far out?
A short five minute walk from the Takebashi Subway Station, exit 1b, or a 10 minute walk from Kudanshita Subway Station, exit 4.
How much time?
How much money?
¥1,500 for general admission. Reservations should be made online through the tiqets link on the MOMAT website or here. (Purchase is very easy and non-Japanese credit cards are accepted.)
Fridays from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth trying out if you’re interested in a more intimate art experience.