Roppongi Art Night is a festival of the arts unfolding from the stage of Roppongi City. The festival aims to further the possibilities of art within society by developing content such as art installations, music, performances, and talk events throughout the entire city of Roppongi, a place known for its assembly of cultural facilities (including art museums), large-scale complexes, and shopping districts. Held continuously since its inaugural edition in 2009, it has become established as a premier urban art festival.
This edition of Roppongi Art Night 2021 picks up from last year’s cancelled Roppongi Art Night 2020 and the programs of Roppongi Art Night Spin-off Project, incorporating digital programming to further elevate the event.
Roppongi Art Night 2021 is planned as a real and digital hybrid event. The duration of the core-event has been extended to take place from September 23 (Thu/holiday) – 26 (Sun), as a measure to reduce the impact of crowds and the spread of COVID-19, while still allowing viewers to enjoy the works of art and explore the city of Roppongi.
The online-exclusive event Roppongi Art Night Spin-off Project was held in February 2021 as a way to keep the flame of art alive and as a new experiment of Roppongi Art Night, which is based in the real “city” of Roppongi. Roppongi Art Night Digital including “RAN TV” debuted as a new component of this event. Roppongi Art Night 2021 will continue to develop these initiatives.
We hope that the extraordinary atmosphere of the city colored in art will create a fulfilling experience that brings both viewers and art closer together. We will also showcase the allure of art online, which can be enjoyed at any time and from any place.
*The implementation of the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation.
Once a year, art from all corners of the globe assembles in Roppongi. The event will include a special contemporary artwork of “Doraemon,”installation, video, and performance works throughout the city, as well as a variety of video works, performances, and talk programs that can be enjoyed digitally through Roppongi Art Night Digital (including RAN TV). Under the spell of art, the city will transform into a magical world filled with mystery. Setting out on an adventure to search for the mysteries of art, there are many discoveries of surprise and emotion awaiting.
We hope you enjoy this great magical adventure with “Doraemon.”
Our main artist will be Takashi Murakami, one of the top names in Japanese contemporary art! For this installment’s motif, Murakami has chosen “Doraemon,” the beloved children’s comic book character that he calls the “biggest Japanese pop icon of the 20th century.” In recent years, the artist has produced a series of works involving the character, a “collaboration” with the late Fujiko F. Fujio, the creator of Doraemon.
In addition, Murakami has selected a group of artists who will take on “Doraemon” in similar fashion.
Born in Tokyo in 1962. His “Superflat” theory reimagines the sources of Japanese traditional painting and contemporary art through the visual logic and underpinnings of anime and manga. Murakami has created many characters that are reflections of otaku culture, such as Miss Ko2 and Mr. DOB, producing sculptures with a high kitsch factor and hyper-two-dimensional paintings that represent the polar opposite of Western perspective. His cultural theories, which are based on Japanese subculture, do not only dismantle hierarchies between high and low: they offer a critical depiction of the postwar Japanese psychology, establishing a uniquely Japanese discourse in the context of the globalizing art scene. His collaborations with Louis Vuitton and activities that have focused on street culture and contemporary ceramics continue to win him new audiences around the world that transcend the domain of contemporary art. The final installment of his Superflat Trilogy, the exhibition Little Boy at Japan Society (New York) curated by Murakami himself in 2005, won the Best Thematic Show by AICA-USA (International Association of Art Critics United States). From 2007 to 2009, his first retrospective exhibition, (c)MURAKAMI, travelled to four cities in Europe and the United States, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Since 2010, Murakami has held solo exhibitions at cities around the world, including the Palace of Versailles, the Al Riwaq Exhibition Hall, Doha, the Mori Art Museum, the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, and Tai Kwun Contemporary, Hong Kong.
Balloon artworks that rank among the largest ever will be exhibited at Roppongi Hills Arena, Tokyo Midtown, and The National Art Center,
・Date and time: September 23 (Thu/holiday) – 26 (Sun)
・Venue: Roppongi Hills Arena, Tokyo Midtown, and The National Art Center, Tokyo
Free *Fee however, fee is required for certain programs and museum events
TEL: 050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial; Available only in Japanese)
*7 days a week (8:00-22:00)
Thursday, September 23 – Sunday, September 26 2021
*Select artworks are scheduled to be exhibited from Saturday, September 11.
Roppongi Hills; Mori Art Museum; Tokyo Midtown; Suntory Museum of Art; 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT; The National Art Center, Tokyo; Roppongi Shopping District; other cooperating facilities and public spaces in the Roppongi area.
Digital: YouTube Channel ”RAN TV”