MAM Digital

The MAM Digital program is offered by the Mori Art Museum via digital/online means such as websites and social media.


The Mori Art Museum has, to date, run a comprehensive range of learning programs for all ages, in formats ranging from symposia to gallery (exhibition) tours and workshops. “MAM Digital” is the platform to deliver these learning programs online via Mori Art Museum official website and/or on social media including YouTube. We are eager to deliver the programs that you might have missed participating, exhibition-related learning programs that are actually ongoing, and exclusively online special programs to the audience worldwide.

STARS Exhibition-Related Program

Artist Talk “MY WORK” - Takashi Murakami

In this special YouTube-style talk by Takashi Murakami, recorded in August 2020 at his studio set up especially for online broadcasts, Murakami begins by talking about his younger days and the many challenges he tackled on the road to becoming a contemporary artist, before going on to relate, in vivid detail, previously-untold stories of encounters with artists, gallerists and curators on the international art scene, in particular the art market. At a time like this, with the pandemic making it impossible to see what lies ahead, an encouraging message from one of Japan’s foremost superstar artists may be just what we need.

Appearing: Takashi Murakami

Duration: 55 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: Japanese

Released: December 15, 2020

Production: Kaikai Kiki, Co., Ltd., Mori Art Museum

Talk Session “Our Experience with Yayoi Kusama”

Recording an in-depth discussion on STARS exhibition artist Yayoi Kusama courtesy of Tatehata Akira, Director of the Yayoi Kusama Museum, and Nanjo Fumio, Senior Advisor to the Mori Art Museum, both of whom have developed close ties with Kusama over the years, this video is full of inside stories from working personally with Kusama on exhibitions, ranging from initial encounters with her work at the Nishimura Gallery in 1975, to anecdotes from the Japanese pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale, and outdoor installations in Naoshima, at the 2001 Yokohama Triennale, and elsewhere. The discussion even extends to Kusama’s literary efforts, in a talk offering a superb insight into the world of this enigmatic and idiosyncratic artist.

Time & Date: 10:00-12:00, Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Appearing: Tatehata Akira (Art critic; poet; President, Tama Art University; Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama; Director, Yayoi Kusama Museum), Nanjo Fumio (Senior Advisor, Mori Art Museum), Tokuyama Hirokazu (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 1 hr. 24 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Directed and Edited by: Watanabe Shintaro

Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: Archival Display”
Webinar “How Has Japan’s Contemporary Art Been Introduced Overseas?” Session #1

Part one of a two-part series featuring specialists who have been involved in Japanese contemporary art shows overseas, and undertaken extensive research in their particular fields, in conversation with Mori Art Museum Director Kataoka Mami. For this first session, Kataoka speaks with Kiyoko Mitsuyama-Wdowiak, curator of A Primal Spirit (1990–1991) at the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the fifty Japanese contemporary art shows featured in the archival display at the STARS exhibition, on changes in how Japanese contemporary art is received in the West. See here for program details.

Time & Date: 18:00-19:00, Friday, October 30, 2020

Appearing: Kiyoko Mitsuyama-Wdowiak (Independent Researcher), Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 1 hr. 21 min

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Edited by: Mori Art Museum

Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: Archival Display”
Webinar “How Has Japan’s Contemporary Art Been Introduced Overseas?” Session #2

Mori Art Museum Director Kataoka Mami in conversation with New York-based art historian Tomii Reiko, who has observed postwar Japanese art at both global and local levels. Here, they discuss demand for Japanese contemporary art in the United States, and how that demand has developed over time, focusing primarily on three exhibitions in which Tomii was involved: Global Conceptualism (1999), Century City (2001), and Radicalism in the Wilderness (2019). See here for program details.

Date & Time: 10:00-11:00, Saturday, October 31, 2020

Appearing: Tomii Reiko (Art Historian), Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 1 hr. 15 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Edited by: Mori Art Museum

Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: The Art Market”

This talk session traces the journey of Japanese contemporary art from the late 1980s to the present, particularly from the perspective of the art market, asking how interest in Japanese contemporary art has developed amid overseas connections. Of a total of three-part session series, the first one, held on September 26, is now presented in full. An ideal accompaniment to the archive displays at STARS. See here for program details.

Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Saturday, September 26, 2020

Appearing: Shiraishi Masami (Owner, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE), Koyama Tomio (Owner, Tomio Koyama Gallery), Ninagawa Atsuko (Owner and Director, Take Ninagawa)

Moderator: Tsubaki Reiko (Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 2 hr. 1 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Directed and Edited by: HITO+HITO Promotion

Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: Exhibitions in Europe and the United States”

In this second Talk Session invites art experts who have been involved in organizing exhibitions on contemporary Japanese art in Europe and the United States, to examine how the nation’s art has been introduced and received in the West. Specific focus is given to exhibitions le Japon des avant-gardes 1910-1970 (Pompidou Center, 1986), International Pop (Walker Art Center, 2015), and the reception of female Japanese women artists abroad. See program detail here.

Date & Time: 10:00-12:00, Saturday, October 17, 2020

Speakers: Okabe Aomi (Art Critic, Curator, and Director of the International Department of the Committee for “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture”), Ikegami Hiroko (Professor, the Graduate School of Intercultural Studies of Kobe University), Nakajima Izumi (Associate Professor, Osaka University).

Moderator: Yahagi Manabu (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 2 hr. 9 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Directed and Edited by: Watanabe Shintaro

Talk Session “From Japan to Overseas: Exhibitions - Asian Perspectives”

For this program, we’ve invited Furuichi Yasuko, Art Coordinator of the Japan Foundation Asia Center, who has been involved in art exchange projects between Asia and Japan from 1990 to the present, to look back on diverse endeavors such as the introduction of Asian art into Japan, collaborative projects with Asian curators, and the introduction of Japanese contemporary art into other Asian countries. We will examine how these endeavors have functioned and changed within various eras and consider the influence they carry today. Check here for program details.

Time & Date: 14:00-16:00, Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Appearing: Furuichi Yasuko (Art Coordinator, The Japan Foundation Asia Center)

Moderator: Kumakura Haruko (Assistant Curator, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 1 hr. 29 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Directed and Edited by: Watanabe Shintaro

STARS Gallery Tour

Footage of this Gallery Tour is now available on YouTube. See the highlights of the STARS exhibition with commentary from Mori Art Museum Director Kataoka Mami here (in Japanese-language).

Urgent Talks

Urgent Talk 038: How Do Artists See the World Now? Vol. 1 (Tokyo School Excursion Project - Kurds)

Full version of a program live-streamed on July 1, 2020.
The first of this series on “how do artists view the world now?” features the Kurdish installment of the “Tokyo School Excursion Project” developed by Takayama Akira’s Port B. Through this project, participants were able to experience Tokyo from the viewpoint of a Kurd, and contemplate the realities of the refugee lives usually so remote from their own, and new ways of being part of society. See here for program details.

Date & Time: 18:00-19:30, Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Appearing: Takayama Akira (Artist, Port B), Ali Ayyildiz

Moderator: Kataoka Mami (Director, Mori Art Museum)

Duration: 1 hr. 32 min.

Language: Japanese

Subtitles: N/A

Directed and Edited by: HITO+HITO Promotion

“Meet the Artists” Workshop Series

A new program in which participants each time have the chance to meet an artist or curator online and converse with them personally, thus offering a more rounded online art experience in parallel with the first-hand experience of artworks in the museum gallery space. The aim is to join together to expand our worlds through imagination, to make up for what cannot be experienced sufficiently in real space.

The first edition of “Meet the Artists” is an online program launched in August 2020 featuring artist Yamamoto Takayuki, and children aged six to fourteen.

A former elementary school teacher, Yamamoto produces works that encourage the viewer to see social systems and customs in a new light and consider the relationship between the individual and society, via the latent imaginative power of children’s conversations and play. His workshops are positioned as “direct encounters with art” that involve looking at the world from different angles and learning how to find richness in the everyday. This program will involve experimenting with various types of art encounter, in an online workshop format.

Updated on 2021.2.5 [Fri]

Workshop “Art Learning Lab: A Life with Namahage Part 2” will be held in February.
Booking period: until 24:00, Monday, February 15, 2021. See here fore details.

Program image: Children’s Workshop: Children’s Pride 4.28 in Roppongi Hills, Lee Bul: From Me, Belongs to You Only, Mori Art Museum, 2012

Yamamoto Takayuki

Born 1974 in Aichi Prefecture.
Yamamoto depicts the peculiarities of systems and customs of which we are generally unaware, and relationships between the individual and society, via the latent imaginative power of children’s conversations and play. Other ventures in recent years include projects carried out in collaboration with local communities, and alternative art school programs for the general public. After receiving his MA in art education at Aichi University of Education, Yamamoto relocated to the UK where he completed an MA in fine art at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Among his group exhibitions are the Sharjah International Biennial 6 (2003), All About Laughter - Humor in Contemporary Art (Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, 2007), Aichi Triennale 2010, Phantoms of Asia: Contemporary Awakens the Past (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, 2012), Go-Betweens: The World Seen through Children (Mori Art Museum, 2014–2015), and 3rd Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016). His solo exhibitions include Yamamoto Takayuki: Children of Men (Art Lab Aichi, 2017) and Yamamoto Takayuki x Arts Maebashi: Beyond 20XX (Arts Maebashi, 2019). For Mori Art Museum’s Learning Programs, he has conducted the workshops “Art Learning Lab: Spoon Bending” in conjunction with All About Laughter (2007), “Children’s Pride 4.28 in Roppongi Hills” in conjunction with Lee Bul: From Me Belongs to You Only (2012), and “To What Kind of Hell Will You Go?” in conjunction with Go-Betweens (2014).

Yamamoto Takayuki
Photo: Kato Hajime

“Meet the Artists” Workshop Series : Yamamoto Takayuki “Art Learning Lab: Spoon Bending”

A special movie featuring the children participating in the Online Workshop “Art Learning Lab: Spoon Bending” by Yamamoto Takayuki on October 10, 2020 has now been completed.
This workshop series was first launched in August 2020 together with Yamamoto. And, now newly welcoming three artists, Koyama Tomoya, Sakai Masayo, and Noguchi Tappei, we continue organizing online workshops for children from age 6 to 14.

Date & Time: 14:00-16:00, Saturday, October 10, 2020

Duration: 5 min.

Yamamoto Takayuki “Art Learning Lab: #ChildrensPride”

A special movie featuring the children participating in the Online Workshop “Art Learning Lab: #ChildrensPride” by Yamamoto Takayuki on August 15, 2020 is now uploaded on YouTube.

Date & Time: 14:00-16:30, Saturday, August 15, 2020

Duration: 7 min. 30 sec

Community Engagement Program Archives

Weaving Projects

Tsumuki Project: Weaving Voices (2018)

Tsumune Project (2019)

The “Weaving Project” is an opportunity for those born and bred in Roppongi, those who work in Roppongi, and those with various connections to Roppongi to converse on, and turn their thoughts anew to the Roppongi community, while experiencing for themselves many different forms of art outside the exhibition galleries/Museum.
In the 2018 project, in the year marking 15-year anniversary of Roppongi Hills, participants made a new timberwork symbol of the community as a device for gathering myriad thoughts and ideas, with members of the public also taking part in the collecting of words. In the 2019 project, participants focused on sounds of the city, and expressed their ideas in marching performance and short plays.

“Neighborhood Seen through Art”

Ver. 1: THE FURNITURE (2018)

This was a research project, collaborative effort with artists, to highlight the neighborhood “commons” (history, elements etc.; shared commonalities) for Nishi-Shimbashi, the area adjacent to the Toranomon locality slated for development, based on a survey by architectural researcher Kawakatsu Shinichi. In this edition, program featured “Shiba furniture,” known for being produced there in the past.

“Art Camp” Series

“Art Camp for under 22, Vol. 2” #3 Workshop (2019)

“Art Summer Camp 2018 for under 22” (2018)

“Art Camp for under 22, Vol. 3” #3 & #4 Workshop (2019)

“Art Camp for under 22, Vol. 4 - #1: Experiencing ‘Bio-Atelier’ at a Museum!?” (2020)

“Art Camp” is a program series targeting younger art-lovers aged 15-22; giving them the opportunity to discuss “contemporary art” with artists and curators in a different environment from the usual school formatting of “teaching”/“taught,” employing the Museum and entire Roppongi Hills neighborhood as a canvas.

Pedro Reyes, Palas por Pistolas [Shovels for Guns], Tree-Planting Program (2017)

A tree-planting program in conjunction with Pedro Reyes’ Palas por Pistolas (Shovels for Guns). The shovels in this work were made by melting guns that had been collected, transforming instruments of death into harbingers of new life. Children of elementary school near the Museum planted trees using shovels and thought about society and art.

Workshop “Imagine Having Public Art Like This!” (2017)

Dotted around Roppongi Hills are over 20 pieces of public art and street furniture. These works were commissioned and installed when Roppongi Hills was to open in 2003, and embody the Roppongi Hills’ commitment to serving as “Cultural Heart of the City.” After exploring the public art, participants came up with ideas as to the kind of public art they would like to see in their own neighborhoods with each child making and presenting a work of his/her own, in a workshop.

“Building a Forest” - In collaboration with the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra (2017)

In this program, participants joined musicians from the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra to have fun making and performing their own sounds after visiting six locations within Roppongi Hills including shops, artworks and workplaces, meeting and conversing with people from all walks of life and getting a feel for the plethora of sounds and natural elements around the neighborhood.

“Sacred Food” (2017)

Dishes prepared by a food artist Funakoshi Masayo, who was inspired by interviewing artists participating in the SUNSHOWER: Contemporary Art from Southeast Asia 1980s to Now exhibition, were served on one special evening where the artists, plus around 25 guests with connections to Roppongi Hills were invited. The event was later recreated for the general public as a part of “Roppongi Art Night 2017.”

“Designing a Country without Sight” (2016)

The program kicked off with a workshop that asked “if a country consisted without the sighted was to exist, what kind of a place could it be?,” leading the participants to identify and explore new ideas. What sort of houses would people live in? What would the specialty dish be like? The legal system? Means of communication? And if there was art, what form/s would it take? Participants, including several who were visually impaired, offered up their ideas, which specialists then took and converted to models, samples and other tangible forms in a workshop that encouraged people to take a fresh look at their neighborhoods, and lifestyles, from alternative starting points.

Workshop Archives

Workshop “Becoming Cats and Going to an Opening Ceremony for the Cat Olympics”

Exhibition-related program (2019)

Artist Takekawa Nobuaki, participating artist of the Roppongi Crossing 2019, ran a workshop on the theme of his work in the exhibition, Cat Olympics. After viewing Cat Olympics, participants put on some cat make-up, and took part in an opening ceremony for a fictional feline Olympiad. This workshop was organized as a collaboration program with The Okada Laboratory, The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Education “Art Appreciation Workshop Series for Inspiring and Creating.”

Kids’ Workshop “Along with Mr. Erlich”

Exhibition-related program (2017)

Pre-school children, together with the Mori Art Museum solo exhibition artist Leandro Erlich, chat about familiar everyday themes and explored his featured works of the participatory nature. After viewing the exhibition, children sketched whatever had come to mind. The workshop program became such a memorable formative experience to all who participated.

Kids’ Workshop “Philosophy for Children @ ‘Leandro Erlich’ Exhibition”

Exhibition-related program (2017)

The workshop was for children from third grade to sixth grade. It was meant for them to find questions from Leandro Erlich’s artworks and discuss them in depth. Through the philosophic dialogue with others, expanding their thoughts, describing ideas in their own words, participants found new interests to the contemporary art.

“Meet the Artist Together with People of Various Generations”

Exhibition-related program (2017)

In this program, participants got to meet face-to-face with one of the SUNSHOWER exhibition artists, Thailand’s Dusadee Huntrakul. Kids, teens and seniors came together to share their thoughts in their own words across generations through this one-week program that included visits to the exhibition, workshop making artworks, and lunch gathering after cooking a quintessential Thai dish “pad thai” together.

Kids’ Workshop “Night Journey”

Exhibition-related program (2017)

At this workshop, junior gallery-goers joined N. S. Harsha, Mori Art Museum solo exhibition-featured artist then, to think about the “night of Tokyo.” Children transformed to their hero, headed out onto the streets of Roppongi to sketch the “Night” of the capital city.

N. S. Harsha Future

Exhibition-related program (2017)

At this workshop, elementary school-age children were encouraged to imagine the kind of grown-up they want to be, joining the artist N. S. Harsha to turn their imaginations to dreams of the future, and draw/write those dreams on adult-size business shirts. The children have worn their shirts for a parade shouting “Future!” around Roppongi Hills, where thousands of people wearing the same kind of “business shirts” work. The shirts were on display during the N. S. Harsha: Charming Journey exhibition.