The National Art Center, Tokyo

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The National Art Center
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The museum in 2008
The National Art Center, Tokyo
Location Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Visitors2.0 million (2013) [1]
Ranking 20th globally (2013) [1]
DirectorHideki Hayashida

The National Art Center (国立新美術館, Kokuritsu Shin-Bijutsukan) (NACT) is a museum in Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. A joint project of the Agency for Cultural Affairs and the National Museums Independent Administrative Institution, it stands on a site formerly occupied by a research facility of the University of Tokyo.


The building has been designed by Kisho Kurokawa. It is one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country. [2] Access is from Nogizaka Station on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line.

Unlike Japan's other national art museums, NACT is an 'empty museum', without a collection, permanent display, and curators. Like Kunsthalle in German-speaking regions, it accommodates temporary exhibitions sponsored and curated by other organizations. [3] The policy has been successful. In its first fiscal year in 2007, it had 69 exhibitions organized by arts groups and 10 organized by NACT. Its Monet exhibition, held between 7 April and 2 July 2007, was the second most visited exhibition of the year, not only in Japan but in the world. [3]

Its graphic visual identity was developed by graphic designer Kashiwa Sato of Tokyo-based Samurai Inc.


  1. 1 2 Top 100 Art Museum Attendance, The Art Newspaper , 2014. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  2. "Things to Do | Travel Japan | JNTO". Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
  3. 1 2 Dr Masaaki Morishita (28 December 2012). The Empty Museum: Western Cultures and the Artistic Field in Modern Japan. Ashgate Publishing. p. 12. ISBN   978-1-4094-9263-4.

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