“2018 Tokyo Art & Antiques” will be held April 26 - 28
Art Festival in Nihonbashi / Kyobashi
The view of Kyobashi from one of the gallery, where many redevelopment projects are in progress.
The Organizing Committee of Tokyo Art & Antiques is pleased to announce that “Tokyo Art & Antiques 2018 – Nihonbashi / Kyobashi Art Festival” will be held for three days –Thursday, April 26 to Saturday, April 28, in and around Tokyo’s Nihonbashi and Kyobashi district. The event will involve around 80 or more art dealers, introducing a wide range of art from antique to contemporary.
The “Tokyo Art & Antiques” first started as “Nihonbashi / Kyobashi Art & Antique Festival” in 1998, held once or twice every year. This will be the 9th year since the event was renamed to “Tokyo Art & Antiques” in 2010.
The district of Nihonbashi / Kyobashi, in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, has been famous since the post-war era for its dealers in classical art, craft, Nihonga, modern painting, sculpture, prints and so on. Now, the district boasts around 150 such unique specialist galleries, making it second only to Ginza as Tokyo's preeminent arts zone.
The objective of "Tokyo Art & Antiques" festival is to provide an opportunity for many people, regardless of their age, knowledge or origin, to experience Japanese art and antiques firsthand and thereby become acquainted with the joys of collecting in such an area.
Related programs, such as gallery talks and charity auction, will be held to coincide with “Tokyo Art & Antiques” festival. Visitors will be able to enjoy participating events, get to know more about this district and the long-established galleries. Every year, more than 50 galleries hold special exhibitions to entertain visitors.
Report of the previous event: https://www.tokyoartantiques.com/en/2017-tokyo-art-antiques-event-review/
Event name: Tokyo Art & Antiques—The Nihonbashi/Kyobashi Art Festival
Dates: Thursday, April 26, 2018 to Saturday, April 28, 2018 (Open during the gallery hours)
Location: The area centered on Nihonbashi / Kyobashi district in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo
Number of galleries: 78 galleries, as of December 18, 2017
Organizer/Operation: The Organizing Committee of Tokyo & Antiques
Official website: http://www.tokyoartantiques.com/
The “Tokyo Art & Antiques” is a certified project of “beyond 2020” project.
Download pamphlet of 2017: http://www.tokyoartantiques.com/en/downloads/
[Example of events]
“Lecture and Talk ” (Tentative title)
Lecturer: Masaaki Arakawa (Professor of Japanese Art History at Gakushuin University)
Interviewer: Tadashi Kawashima (President of Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.)
Date: Friday, April 27, 2018 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Venue: Trust City Conference, 4th floor of Kyobashi Trust Tower
Lecture Event held in 2016 (Japanese)
This event started in 2016 for beginners to enjoy bidding art works. The part of the profits will be donated to charity organizations.
Venue: At participating galleries (Announcement will be made in the middle of February)
Bidding starts: Thursday, April 26, 2018 *Some galleries may start before April 26
End of bidding: Saturday, April 28, 2018 *Some galleries may extend to April 29
Art works for the auction will be posted on the official website from Monday, March 26, 2018
<How to bid>
The bidder will have to visit the gallery and write down the amount to bid on the bidding sheet and place it into the bidding box. The highest bidder will be notified by the gallery after the event ends.
(You cannot bid from the website)
Charity Auction of 2017: http://www.tokyoartantiques.com/en/charity-auction/2017/
View of the Charity Auction in April 2017
View of gallery talk in April 2017
View of one of the galleries in Kyobashi
Some of the galleries in the alley are hard to find
Feature Article “Paintings for Small Space”
Feature Article “Special Dishes for Sweets”
Feature Article “Amazing Flower Vases”
Feature Articles (Japanese): http://www.tokyoartantiques.com/interview-with-owner/