Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum

Tokyo Photographic Art Museum
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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■ Museum Hours The museum is open 10:00 to 18:00 (20:00 on Thursdays and Fridays). Last entry 30 minutes before closing. Hours for the first-floor hall vary by program. ■ Closing Days Mondays (except when Monday falls on a holiday, in which case the museum is open and closed the following day), New Year’s holidays(Dec.29-Jan.1) and other temporary closures due to special circumstances.
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Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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Hiroaki Kaneko
Tokyo, Japan2,976 contributions
Jan 2021
世界的に見ても数はまだまだ少ない、写真映像の作品をコレクションし、専門的に展示している美術館です。これまで数多くのPhotographerが収めてきた写真について、単に芸術作品に留まらず、報道写真、身近なもの、写真の表現方法等に至るまで、様々な角度、様々な視点、そして様々な時代背景のテーマに沿って展示されています。
3万点近くもの収蔵作品があるものの、コレクション展以上に企画展に力を入れているようです。それこそ、絵画以上に収蔵以外の作品数も多く、技術的革新も相成って表現の場が他のアート作品に比べて急速に高く且つ広くなっているためでしょう。常設展示は無く、その時、また今の時代が必要としていることを念頭とした展示会が多く見受けられます。
写真の魅せる本当の力とはなんなのか、それには何が込められ、そして何を訴えようとしているのか、そうした程度の差こそあれど、『その時代、その場所』だからこそ訴えられる『力』のある作品を広く公開していこう、という意図があるのだと感じました。

It is a museum that specializes in the collection and exhibition of photographic images, which are still few in number in the world. The museum displays not only works of art, but also news photos, familiar objects, and methods of photographic expression from various angles, perspectives, and themes of various historical backgrounds.
Although the museum has nearly 30,000 works in its collection, it seems to put more emphasis on special exhibitions than collection exhibitions. This may be because the number of works outside of the collection is much larger than paintings, and the speed of technological innovation is rapid, so the opportunities for expression are rapidly becoming higher and wider than in other art forms. There is no permanent exhibition, and many exhibitions are held with the needs of the time and the present in mind.
What is the real power of photography, what does it contain, and what is it trying to say? I felt that the intention of the exhibition was to make widely available works with the power that can only be appealed to in that time and place, to varying degrees.
Written May 16, 2021
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olafoomes
Amstelveen, The Netherlands1,671 contributions
Dec 2019
A real modern and very nice museum dedicated to the art of photography located in Yebisu, Tokyo. An easy to reach area in Tokyo.

I especially went there to see the exhibition of photographs of Tokyo made by the famous Japanese photographer Masataka Nakano. He is famous to make photographs without traffic and/or people in it. Very special indeed.
The exhibition was very impressive with photos dating back to the early 1990’s up till present times. All photos were in a large format.

By pure chance the photographer was present at the exhibition that day and I was able to talk with him for a short while. Impressive and creative man.
Unfortunately this specific exhibition will finish at the end of January 2020, but exhibitions will continue to be held there which makes a visit to this museum always worthwhile.
Written January 9, 2020
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Paultje77
The Hague4 contributions
When we arrived, it appeared to be closed. Without any signs. When I searched on the website, it said if was closed due to renovation until autumn 2016!
Written September 24, 2014
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Katzip
Singapore, Singapore319 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
Visited this afternoon and really enjoyed it. Only 2 exhibition halls are open with the one in the basement closed for installations. Admission ticket is pricey about Yen1000 but worth the ticket . Was pleased to catch the 1948 works of Eugene Smith’s series on the country doctor which was awesome. Another well known Japanese photographer Narahara Nikko photos on Gunkanjima miners were featured. Ticket price also includes entry into the library on the 4th floor . Would suggest combining the visit with a tour of Yebisu beer museum. Tours are only for Japanese speaking but visitors are free to walk inside the small museum and buy a beer with some food at a reasonable price .
Written June 7, 2019
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007Katie007
Missoula, MT147 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Take your time here - the more historic black and white exhibition is arranged with thought-provoking questions...time, space, who we are, and how we communicate across time and space. Some of the exhibited prints are very well known, some less so; I found it took me nearly an hour just to get through this portion of the exhibition. At the time we were there, there was also on exhibit highlighting the work of contemporary Asian women artists - I found this exhibit completely different, and equally thought provoking. My husband, not so much. For perspective, my husband is a photographer / graphic designer, I work in health care and, for the record, take terrible photographs.

One thing that is nice is that one can purchase entry into any one of the exhibit floors, in any combination of two, or for all three. We did all three; if you are short on time, I'd recommend the permanent exhibition first (on floor 3), the temporary / special exhibit second (floor 2). There was also a short exhibit on The Magic Lantern - and development of slide projectors / cinematography - which, although I learned something, was the least impressive of the three floors (this one was in the basement floor) After visiting all the floors, we spent 30 minutes in the shop looking at books.
Written October 5, 2018
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Jonna D
Uppsala, Sweden36 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
Visiting at the same time as typhoon Lan, we had a couple of very rainy days. One of those we spent at here, and it was a wonderful experience. Admission varies depending on the exhibitions, but some parts seem to be free.
Written October 23, 2017
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Sue
Kitchener, Canada128 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Nice building. Solid exhibits. English translations. It is pricy. Each exhibit costs a separate amount. We should have skipped one of them (early British photographs) merely because it’s not of interest to me. They did a good job curating it. The Ravages of War exhibit is a must see.
Written April 3, 2019
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CAGreens
Singapore, Singapore514 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Two very small exhibits, one of which was fine (Origin of the Photo United Kingdom) but was poorly displayed (one’s shadow fell over objects displayed in cases so that they were difficult to see) and accompanied by boring texts, the other of which was some version of installation art (Human Spring) and was impossible to understand. The entrance fee is quite steep and I regret every Yen and most minutes that I spent here.
Written March 21, 2019
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Bob Z
Brussels, Belgium97 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
A beautiful setting, super nice and helpful staff, great exhibition. We went there for video installations that were all interesting.
Written March 1, 2019
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GlobalDavidG
Melbourne, Australia26 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We really dug seeing the work of local photographers and their view on modern Japan. The shop is surprisingly good as well.
Written October 31, 2017
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