information or inspiration?
In a nutshell
Ready to see beautiful Japanese artwork with a fresh approach? This exhibition lets the viewer experience art through two different perspectives. One calls on the right brain, using your intuition to experience the artwork, the “inspiration” perspective. The other approach provides details for the left brain, allowing the “information”, and a full, unobstructed view of the artwork, to enhance the experience. This exhibition is made up of only 22 works of Japanese ceramics, glassware, incense burners and more, but visitors go through twice, choosing to begin with either the information (white) side or inspiration (black) side.
The Suntory Museum of Art is a beautifully designed smaller museum in Tokyo Midtown. The museum uses soft lighting, Japanese paper and flooring made from re-purposed whisky cask wood (fitting for a Suntory museum).
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the basic information is in English but the detailed explanations on the “information” side are mostly in Japanese, giving English readers just a paragraph or so of information. There are some informative graphics that are language independent.
Photographs are allowed, which is a change for this museum.
Starting with the inspiration side, viewers have either an obstructed or re-imagined view of the pieces on full view on the information side, which builds a sense of curiosity.
This exhibition appeals to almost everyone, including children. You can spend as little or as long as you’d like reading on the information side. There is also a cool interactive installation with umbrellas that is fun for anyone.
How far out?
A ten minute walk from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line or less than five minutes from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya or Oedo Line.
How much time?
How much money?
¥1,300 for general admission.
June 2, 2019
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
See it if you’re at Tokyo Midtown and you’d like a quick culture break.