Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, Meguro

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The Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is an art museum concentrating on photography.As the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, it was founded by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and is in Meguro-ku, a short walk from Ebisu station in southwest Tokyo. The museum also has a movie theater.Until 2014, the museum nicknamed itself "Syabi" (pronounced shabi); since 2016, it has called itself "Top Museum".History and exhibitionsThe Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography opened in a temporary building in 1990 and moved to its current building in Yebisu Garden Place in 1995. At that time, it was one of the first photography galleries in Japan not to be dedicated to the works of a single photographer. Most of the exhibitions since then have been themed rather than devoted to a single photographer, but exhibitions have been dedicated to such photographers of the past as Berenice Abbott (1990) and Tadahiko Hayashi (1993–94), and also to living photographers including Martin Parr (2007) and Hiromi Tsuchida (2008).In order to appeal to children as well as adults, the gallery holds exhibitions of anime and video games.The library of the gallery has a substantial collection of books of photographs.As of late 2008, the gallery has no printed catalogue or electronic catalogue available externally. However, the book 328 Outstanding Japanese Photographers presents a comment on and a small reproduction of a sample photograph of each of over three hundred photographers represented in the permanent collection of the gallery at the turn of the millennium. Most of the individual exhibitions are accompanied by printed catalogues; as is customary in Japan, most of these lack ISBNs and are not distributed as are regular books, their sales instead being limited to the museum itself.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I have visited over 10 times, and love seeing the changing exhibits. A must visit for anyone interested in photography and contemporary art fans.  more »
  • August 5, 2017
    Did not understand, although he is seen in the works of well. Only those who like art is for. Around the town was nice.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Very high tech can see 獎 news pictures of the year, sure then still has its design exhibitions are about da Sola! Most important is why 慶 wish year 20 weeks of age, and Araki Bible vertebral too!
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  • June 26, 2017
    Not only is the area where the museum is housed sophisticated and fancy, but also the musuem itself. The exhibitions are also quite nice, I got lucky when we visited I got to appreciate exhibits related to my interests. The trip going here, though, is rather far but worth the time.
  • June 11, 2017
    Great museum. The program of exhibitions is usually pretty interesting and the photographs are well presented. It lacks sometimes informations in English. The library is good as well if you want to know some more about the featured artists.
  • May 3, 2017
    Very minimal looking, contemporary photography museum. There are multiple exhibitions to visit but you can pay for seperate ones too. The area is also very nice with lots of coffee places so it's good for a chill afternoon trip.
  • May 17, 2017
    Great museum in Yebisu area. You have to walk from the subway station. They have 3 floors of exhibit. One is permanent and 2 are themed. Good selection of famous Japanese photographers and a very nice museum
  • February 12, 2017
    After being closed for 2 years of renovations, the TOP is back and is not only hosting contemporary photography, but also mixed media including video as well as live talks from the artists. Unfortunately many of these may only be in Japanese without translation, but all the artwork on display has English translations of their descriptions. One of very few free museums in Tokyo, only certain exhibits require a fee to be paid. Otherwise it's very easy to get lost for an hour or so looking at the different exhibits.

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