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Culture Centre Celebrates

June 16, 2014
Established in 1989 as Japan’s first large-scale culture complex, Bunkamura has been a centre for Japanese and international art events for more than two decades, and instrumental in transforming Shibuya from a largely avoided urban backwater to the buzzing hive of colour and culture it is now. This year Bunkamura celebrates 25 years of bringing art and excitement to Tokyo with a series of special anniversary exhibitions and events spread across its museum, gallery, theatre and concert hall.

Running throughout June and July, the program features some of Japan’s – and the world’s – most vibrant artists and works. From June 7 to July 27, be sure to catch the museum’s retrospective of C.20th French painter Raoul Dufy’s bright, bold pieces – many of which have never before been shown in Japan. Over at the gallery, rotating exhibitions by Japanese artists including Yoshiaki Matsui and Kazuo Shinoda will be displayed along with a collection of locally made craftworks from June 28. But for those who like their art even more lively, the Cacoon Theatre is hosting a classical kabuki dance-drama performance of Sannin Kichisa until 28 June. You will need to speak Japanese to fully appreciate the black comedy and poetic prose, but the intricate traditional costumes and ethereal music will keep even foreign attendees enthralled. Celebrate!

Visit the Bunkamura website for more events, exhibition dates, performance times and ticket details.

2-24-1 Dogenzaka / Shibuya-ku / +81 3 3477 9111 / 10:00 am-late daily /