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Mika Ninagawa is renowned for her unique style as one of contemporary Japan’s preeminent photographers and film directors. Ninagawa has consistently focused her gaze on the flickering and transient quality of life. In this exhibition, the artist, involved in a diverse range of expressions, presents her latest plant photographs and videos, were shot in 2021 and 2022 throughout Japan in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. When juxtaposed with the museum’s architecture, with its Art Deco ornamentation, Ninagawa’s works promise to create a place in which various times intersect. While fluttering like a butterfly from one plant to the next, viewers can enjoy this special opportunity to experience Ninagawa’s gaze for themselves.

Not long before this event, Mika Ninagawa – Into Fiction/Reality, an exhibition that began in 2000 and traveled to ten venues around the country, offered a comprehensive view of the artist’s career up to and including the coronavirus era. Here, the artist, whose future activities are always keenly anticipated, presents her most recent works in an alluring collaboration with the museum’s unparalleled architectural spaces. With photographs capturing a moment of reality that is filled with light and easily be mistaken for evanescence, and dynamic video installations, the exhibition will shed light on Ninagawa’s current and future direction.

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Visiting information


Mika Ninagawa: A Garden of Flickering Lights


Saturday, 25 June - Sunday 4 September, 2022

Closed every Mondays (except July 18), and July 19


Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
5-21-9, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel 050-5541-8600


10:00 - 18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)


Online reservation is recommended for the exhibition.
Reserve Ticket for Your Visit here.

  General Group
Adults General¥1,400 Advance/Group¥1,120
University students General¥1,120 Advance/Group¥890
Middle & high school students General¥700 Advance/Group¥560
Senior (65 and over) General¥700 Advance/Group¥560

・A ticket for admission to the Museum also admits you to the garden.
・Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).
・Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing in or attending school in Tokyo.
・Admission is free for visitors (and two accompanying persons) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.
・Admission is free for teacher-led educational visits by Tokyo primary, junior high, and high school students.
Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.
Suspended until further notice

Organized by

Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Cooperated by

Lucky Star Co.,Ltd, Tomio Koyama Gallery

With the co-sponsorship of

エリス TOKIOインカラミ nido善福寺

With the annual co-sponsorship of

Toda Corporation,
Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg
Van Cleef & Arpels

Exhibition highlights

  • 01. A Host of Works Receiving Their First Public Showing

    The exhibition features Ninagawa’s latest plant photographs and video works, which she began shooting in 2021. The works were specially selected from an enormous number of photographs that the artist shot all over Japan in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Viewers can also enjoy a number of pictures that were taken in the museum garden. After experiencing Ninagawa’s gaze through her photographs of flowers and plants, viewers may find that the appearance of the fauna outside the museum takes on a new look as they stroll through the garden.

  • 02. A Collaboration between Ninagawa’s Worldview and Art Deco Architecture

    Although Ninagawa’s works are known for the artist’s singular sense of color, her most recent efforts brim wth light and soft hues. This collaboration between the artist’s hope-inspiring works and the art-deco ornamentation of the museum (a designated Important Cultural Property that was once the residence of Prince Asaka) is not to be missed. We invite viewers to savor this unique encounter between the museum’s unrivaled architectural spaces and Ninagawa’s works.

  • 03. A Concentration of Ground-Breaking Works

    At first sight, Ninagawa’s latest works, which were shot at various gardens throughout Japan, have the appearance of scenes from a dream, conveying beauty, transience, and grandeur. Moreover, the artist’s dynamic video installations provide viewers with a physical experience by immersing them in the realm of the works. This exhibition is particularly exciting as it will contain Ninagawa’s artistic forays into new territory.

©mika ninagawa, Courtesy of Tomio Koyama Gallery