The National Art Center, Tokyo

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The National Art Center
National Art Center Tokyo 2008.jpg
The museum in 2008
Location Roppongi, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
Visitors 2.0 million (2013)[1]
Ranking 20th globally (2013)[1]

The National Art Center, Tokyo (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 architect for the museum was Kisho Kurokawa. The facility has 47,960 m² of floor space on a 30,000 m² site with four stories above ground and one below. 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.[2] 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.[2]

The director is Hideki Hayashida.


  1. ^ a b Top 100 Art Museum Attendance, The Art Newspaper, 2014. Retrieved on 13 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b 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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Coordinates: 35°39′55″N 139°43′35″E / 35.66528°N 139.72634°E / 35.66528; 139.72634