The Shiseido Gallery, which opened its doors in 1919, is said to be the oldest art gallery still operating in Japan. In the years since, it has pursued its non-profit activities nearly continuously, closing only occasionally due to earthquakes, war, reconstructions, and other vicissitudes, always dedicated to the ideal of "discovering and creating new value." To date, the Shiseido Gallery has hosted over 3,100 exhibitions, many of which served as the public debut for burgeoning artists who would later make major contributions to the course of Japanese art.
In the 1990s the Gallery shifted its emphasis to contemporary art and began a dynamic program aimed at introducing the expression of that era, noted for combining vanguard contemporaneity with a sense of simple purity.
In 2001 the Gallery facilities were relocated to the underground level of the Tokyo Ginza Shiseido Building. This space includes a five-meter ceiling that makes it the tallest exhibition hall in the Ginza district, a feature which has caught the attention of both Japanese and foreign artists for the expressive possibilities it opens up as an exhibition venue.
|Address||Shiseido Bldg. B1, 8-8-3 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo|
|Business Hour*1||Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday and holidays 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.|
|Genre*3||Contemporary art, design, architecture and film|
|Access*4||4 minute walk from the exit A2 at Ginza(M16,H08,G09) Station,5 minute walk from the Ginza exit of JR Shimbashi(JY29,JT02,JO18,JK24) Station.|
|*1 The last day of an exhibition or event may end early. *2 there are temporary closures. *3 Contemporary art includes sculptures, installations, mixed media works and objects *4 The times shown are approximate.【ATTENTION】Admission to the gallery is free, but there may be a charge for certain events.|