Japan Society Gallery is among the premier institutions in the U.S. for the exhibition of Japanese art. Extending in scope from prehistory to the present, the Gallery’s exhibitions since 1971 have covered topics as diverse as classical Buddhist sculpture and calligraphy, contemporary photography and ceramics, samurai swords, export porcelain, and masterpieces of painting from the thirteenth to the twenty-first century. Each exhibition, with its related catalogue and public programs, is a unique cultural event that illuminates familiar and unfamiliar fields of art.

Kyohei Inukai

March 17—June 25, 2023

Kyohei Inukai is the first institutional solo exhibition of Kyohei Inukai (1913–1985), a largely unknown, yet prolific Japanese-American artist. Presenting key bodies of work—many of which have never been shown before—this exhibition highlights Inukai’s paintings and screenprints of illusionary, abstract lines and shapes that defined his artistic style during the latter years of his career, from the 1960s through the 80s. These works are juxtaposed with a series of sumi-e, or Japanese ink paintings, that dovetail Inukai’s distinctive curvilinear forms and nuanced color palettes with traditional Japanese art. This rare presentation of an underrecognized artist’s legacy builds upon Japan Society’s ongoing mission to embrace and showcase diverse narratives of art and artists of Japan and the Japanese diaspora.

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Past Events & Exhibitions

Gallery Hours

12-7 pm
12-1 pm: Members Exclusive
Free Admission
6-9 pm on Fridays

Timed Tickets

$12/$10 students and seniors
Free Admission always for members, patrons with disabilities and an accompanying Personal Care Assistant

Box Office Hours

9 am–5 pm
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Student Group Tours

K-12 school groups can schedule virtual and on-site gallery tours for an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. Two weeks advance request recommended.

COVID-19 Policies

As of February 1, 2022, proof of a booster will be required for all those who are eligible to receive it (at least five months after final dose of a two-dose series, or two months after a single-dose vaccine), with a four-week grace period upon becoming eligible. Before your visit, please review our visitor guidelines and safety protocols here.

Exhibition Catalogues

Browse our collection of beautifully crafted publications from past exhibitions.

Made in Tokyo Guide Map
Made in Tokyo Guide Map
Yasumasa Morimura: <br/> Ego Obscura
Yasumasa Morimura:
Ego Obscura
A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku
A Giant Leap: The Transformation of Hasegawa Tohaku
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise
Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise

Top Image: © Alan Klein

Kyohei Inukai is supported, in part, by a grant from the Vilcek Foundation.

Japan Society programs are made possible by leadership support from Booth Ferris Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. Exhibitions and Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible, in part, by the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund; the Mary Griggs Burke Endowment Fund established by the Mary Livingston Griggs and Mary Griggs Burke Foundation; The Masako Mera and Koichi Mera, PhD Fund for Education and the Arts; Peggy and Dick Danziger; Thierry Porté and Yasko Tashiro; and Friends of the Gallery. Support for Arts & Culture Lecture Programs is provided, in part, by the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund. Transportation assistance is provided by Japan Airlines, the exclusive Japanese airline sponsor for Japan Society gallery exhibitions.