From December 5, 2020 to March 14, 2021, Immigration Museum Tokyo opened an online art museum to present perspectives on multicultural society in contemporary Japan. Our museum's approach consists of three exhibition sections (Guest Artists, Open Call Exhibitions, and Activity Exhibitions), an introduction to the activities of a group of citizen members called Neighbors, a blog by Director Andy, and a library of information related to this project.
The exhibition “Seeing us: Living in Japan with Roots Overseas”, which was planned for the summer of 2020, was postponed due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. Then, following the decision to cancel our in-person museum, we hurriedly worked out how to bring that exhibition contents online. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our staff, we finally managed to transform into a new online art museum and open in December 2020.
By now, many people might feel sick of responding to online information. However, this museum is structured so that we can gradually deepen the information of a given category based on the interests of our visitors.
We believe that, through the power of expression, we can come closer to realizing a society that mutually interacts with citizens that have roots overseas—a task that should be considered, especially in these difficult times.
Shigeaki Iwai (Artist / Director, Pilot Project for Immigration Museum Tokyo)
【Activity Exhibition】〈Talk Session Vol.3〉is now available.
February 12, 2021
【Activity Exhibition】〈Talk session vol.2〉is now available.
January 15, 2021
【Director’s Corner】〈Director Andy’s Artwork of the Week Vol.3〉is now available.
January 15, 2021
Exhibition Room 1: Guest Artists
Thinking with Artists
Explore multicultural society through contemporary art with guest artists.Enter
Exhibition Room 2: Open Call Exhibition
Artistic Expressions of People with Roots Overseas
Take a look at about 100 works by people with roots abroad living in Japan, gathered through our open call for submissions. Nationality unquestioned.Enter
Exhibition Room 3: Activity Exhibition
Introducing organizations engaged in multicultural society
Tour various organizations based in Japan through these talk sessions.Enter
Workshop Room: Experiments with a group of citizen members called Neighbors
What We "Connect"
Citizens interested in multicultural society introduce one of their favorite works from our museum and conduct various experiments.Enter
Talking with Director Andy
In "Director Andy's Artwork of the Week", our director talks with the artists, whose works in Exhibition Room 2 caught his eye. Sometimes a monologue.Enter
Get to Know IMM Tokyo
This is a list of articles and video URLs related to Immigration Museum Tokyo.Enter
About Immigration Museum Tokyo (IMM Tokyo)
It is an Art Project which focus on the daily lives of people living in Japan with foreign roots. Although it is called a “museum”, the project does not own any facility. Rather, it operates by creating exhibitions and events in empty shops, churches and old houses in Adachi City.
IMM Tokyo is one program of the Art project “Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju Connecting through Sound Art.
Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju - Connecting through Sound Art
Based in the Senju district of Tokyo’s Adachi City, this initiative features a diverse range of programs on the theme of sound, working in partnership with leading figures in the local community with the aim of creating new connections and communication through art.
The Japanese-style old house “Nakacho-no-ie” is also opening as a cultural salon!
Tokyo Artpoint Project
In cooperation with various arts organizations and NPOs, Tokyo Artpoint Project pursues art projects with local community and citizen involvement as a way to foster an environment where everyone can be actively engaged in culture and to create and disseminate Tokyo’s charm. The project is organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture.