Admission & Access

Open Hours

10:00-22:00 (Tuesdays: 10:00-17:00)
* April 25 [Sat] open until 6:00 the following morning due to "Roppongi Art Night 2015."
* Tuesday of 5/5 open until 22:00
* Admission until 30 minutes before closing.
* Open everyday.


Adult: ¥1,800, University / Highschool student: ¥1,200, Child (4 years to Junior highschool student): ¥600, Senior (Age 65 & over): ¥1,500
* All prices include tax.
* Ticket also valid for Tokyo City View observation deck from April 29.
* Additional entrance fee to the Sky Deck is required.

Advance Ticket Sales

Adult: ¥1,500
* Price includes tax.
Advance ticket sales period: thru Sunday, July 5, 2015
Advance Tickets available through: Ticket Pia [P-code: 766-681] (* In Japanese-language only)

Access (to Roppongi Hills)

Venue: Mori Art Museum, 53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan

  • 0 mins walk from Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line (Roppongi Hills exit)
  • 4 mins walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line
  • 5 mins walk from Azabu-Juban Station on the Toei Oedo Line

* For more details see the Roppongi Hills website.


Tel: +81(0)3-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)

About the Exhibition

The first joint exhibition by Mori Art Museum, Centre Pompidou-Metz and Fondation d'entreprise Hermès!

In Europe during the 19th and early 20th centuries, explorations in fields such as mathematics, mechanical engineering, biology, geology and archeology sparked a renewed awareness of the aesthetics of "simple forms" that had a major influence on the design of industrial goods, buildings and so on. Similarly, the elegant lines of such "simple forms" exerted a powerful allure for artists, leading to the creation of many famous works of modern art.
Meanwhile, these simple, beautiful forms can also be found abundantly in nature, in primitive art the world over, in folk art, and in traditional cultures. In Japan, a similar aesthetic is embodied in the likes of crafts, tea ceremony utensils, Buddhist statues, and Zen paintings.
The exhibition brings together around 130 of these "simple forms" from around the world, and across the ages, presented in nine sections. It will offer a panoramic view of a timeless, universal aesthetic, showing the geographical spread and historic links of that aesthetic from prehistoric stone implement to dynamic, cutting-edge installations by contemporary artists. The universal beauty of "simple forms" may prompt us to rethink what truly brings richness to our lives.

Simple Forms: Contemplating Beauty

Exhibition Period: Saturday, April 25 – Sunday, July 5, 2015
Venue: Mori Art Museum(53F, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower)
Organizers: Mori Art Museum
Centre Pompidou-Metz
Special Organizer: Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Grant: Ambassade de France / Institut français du Japon
Fondation Franco-Japonaise Sasakawa
Corporate Sponsor: Obayashi Corporation
Support: Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Champagne Pommery
Bombay Sapphire
Curators: Jean de Loisy (President, Palais de Tokyo), Nanjo Fumio (Director, Mori Art Museum)
Associate Curators: Sandra Adam-Couralet (Independent Curator), Tsubaki Reiko (Associate Curator, Mori Art Museum)



Centre Pompidou-Metz

First offshoot of Centre Pompidou in Paris, Center Pompidou-Metz is an art center dedicated to modern and contemporary art, which opened in Metz, capital of Lorraine, France in 2010. It benefits from the experience, expertise and international reputation of Centre Pompidou and shares with its older sibling the values of innovation and generosity, and the same determination to engage all publics through a multidisciplinary program including live arts and preformances. The building was designed by a duet of Japanese and French architects: Ban Shigeru and Jean de Gastines.

Centre Pompidou-Metz, avril 2010
© Shigeru Ban Architects Europe et Jean de Gastines Architectes, avec Philip Gumuchdjian pour la conception du projet lauréat du concours/ Metz Métropole / Centre Pompidou-Metz / Photo Roland Halbe

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès supports people and organisations seeking to learn, perfect, transmit and celebrate the skills and creativity that shape and inspire our lives today, and into the future. Guided by a central focus on artisan expertise and creative artistry, the Foundation’s activities explore two complementary avenues: know-how and creativity, know-how and the transmission of skills. The Foundation develops its own projects: exhibitions and artists’ residencies in visual arts, the New Settings programme for the performing arts, the Prix Émile Hermès international design award, the Skills Academy, and projects in favour of biodiversity. It also supports partner organisations working in these areas around the globe. The Foundation’s unique mix of programmes and support is rooted in a single, underlying belief: Our gestures define us.

Constantin Brancusi Bird in Space 1926 (cast in 1982) Bronze, limestone (pedestal), 132.4×35.5×35.5cm (the work and top two pedestals) Collection: Yokohama Museum of Art © ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2015 D0938

Carsten Nicolai anti 2004 PP lightweight structure, sound module, theremin module, transducer, amplifier, light-absorbent black paint 300×255×255cm Installation view: Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, 2005 Photo: Uwe Walter Courtesy: Galerie EIGEN + ART, Berlin / Leipzig and The Pace Gallery

Albrecht Dürer Melencolia I 1514 Engraving 24.1×18.8cm Courtesy: Ota Fine Arts

Jean Arp Bud 1938 Plaster 40.5×19×20cm Collection: Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, Paris Photo © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Adam Rzepka / distributed by AMF © VG BILD-KUNST, Bonn & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2015 D0938