2019.9.21 Sat - 11.17 Sun / 森アーツセンターギャラリー(六本木ヒルズ森タワー52階)/ Artwork © Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.Licensed by Artestar. New York

Jean-Michel Basquiat: Made in Japan

  • Term:
    September 21st, 2019 through November 17th, 2019
  • Opening hours:
    10:00 – 20:00
    * Closed at 17:00 on Oct.21st
    * Entrance closes 30 min before the closing hours
  • Venue:
    Mori Arts Center Gallery (Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 52nd Floor)
  • Info :
    03-5777-8600 (8:00 – 22:00 everyday)
    * Japanese only

Who Is Basquiat?

Jean-Michel Basquiat blazed through 1980’s New York art scene. As the intensity and energy imbued in his art works characterize, he tragically passed away at the young age of 27 years old. The comet-like ascent of this young artist, whose mother was of Puerto Rican descent and his father from Haiti, surprised the art world and sent shock-waves through society since he had no artistic education and emerged from the New York underground. He began covering the walls of SoHo and subway trains with angry, wild graffiti images. His symbol-laden paintings often addressed political issues, criticizing racism, social injustices, and consumer capitalism. The inspiration for his powerful compositions is found in everyday life, popular culture such as cartoons, children’s drawings, advertising, as well as in Aztec, African, ancient Greek, and Roman art. With their skeleton-like silhouettes, mask-like grimaces, and pictograms, his art works combined the explosive visual codes of New York's streets with the cultural heritage of mankind.

About This Exhibition

Jean-Michel Basquiat : Made in Japan not only gives a broad insight into Basquiat’s work but also explores his manifold ties and relations to Japan. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of the artist in Japan since his untimely death in 1988. The unique artistic development and art historical significance of Basquiat is traced with around 130 works from international museums and private collections, with special focus on prominent Japanese institutions and collectors. His paintings, drawings, and sculptures are supplemented by historic documents, photographs, and films, giving the viewer unique insight into the art and life of this extraordinary artist.


Day Tickets

Adults :
2100 yen (1900yen for group visit)
High School & College Students:
1600 yen (1400yen for group visit)
Elementary & Middle School Students:
1100 yen (900yen for group visit)

*Free for pre-school children
*Group price is valid for a group of more than 15 visitors together

How to Purchase

[Venue] Ticket counter on the 3rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
[Online] Ticket agencies

*Japanese Only

Audio Guide

Complimentary audio guide is included for every ticket option. Available also in Japanese and English.


Mori Arts Center Gallery

  • Address
    Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, 52nd Floor
    Minato-ku, Tokyo 6-10-1 Roppongi
  • By Train
    3-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line “Roppongi Station” Exit 1C
    (direct access to Roppongi Hills through concourse)
    6-minute walk from Toei Subway Oedo Line “Roppongi Station” Exit 3
    9-minute walk from Toei Subway Oedo Line “Azabu-juban Station” Exit 7
    12-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Namboku Line “Azabu-juban Station” Exit 4
    10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line “Nogizaka Station” Exit 5


  • Organized by:
    Fuji Television, Mori Arts Center
  • Special Sponsorship by:
    ZOZO, Inc.
  • Sponsorship by:
    Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
  • With the assistance of:
    Embassy of the United States of America, NYC & Company, WOWOW INC., J-WAVE
  • Curator:
    Dieter Buchhart
  • Associate Curators:
    Anna Karina Hofbauer, Hiroko Onoda
  • Japanese Editorial Advisor:
    Kikuro Miyashita

*Tokyo is the only venue planned in Japan