Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

The Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art was opened in November 2012 in the refurbished west wing of the Oji Branch of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (formerly, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, designed by Murano Togo). The museum’s primary objectives are to maintain the collection of works that were donated and deposited by Yokoo Tadanori, an artist born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo, and to make them widely accessible to the general public. While primarily using the collection to call attention to Yokoo’s internationally-acclaimed art both inside and outside Japan, the museum holds a diverse range of exhibitions featuring artists in a variety of fields with links to Yokoo and themes related to Yokoo’s works.

In addition to fulfilling ordinary functions such as presenting displays and conserving works, the museum contains several unique facilities. The Archive Room, for example, contains an enormous number of reference materials related to the artist and implements a variety of surveys and other research. This vast store of information reveals the secrets of Yokoo’s creations, reflects his extensive associations with many notable figures, and constitutes an invaluable resource for postwar cultural history. Moreover, the Open Studio presents a host of different events, including lectures, workshops, concerts, and public productions of art, aimed at all generations, from children to adults.

Current Exhibitions

Man-eating Shark and Blonde-haired Beauty: Yokoo Tadanori Laughs

Man-eating Shark and Blonde-haired Beauty: Yokoo Tadanori Laughs

The works of Yokoo Tadanori contain various elements of laughter. Yokoo’s art is distinguished by multilayered compositions that are imbued with a playful, childlike innocence and a surrealistic approach. These include the unexpected introduction of something relaxing in a tension-filled picture, a combination of motifs that would normally never meet, absurd dreamlike settings, and parodies that are filled with a critical spirit.

This exhibition focuses on the humorous and witty elements that are scattered throughout Yokoo’s work, and their enigmatic and venomous components as the artist challenges the viewer to consider the true nature of laughter.


May 25 (Sat.) - August 25 (Sun.), 2019


Mondays (except July 15, Aug 12) and July 16, Aug 13


10:00 - 18:00 (admission until 17:30)

10:00 - 20:00 on Friday and Saturday (admission until 19:30)


Adult ¥700 / University students ¥550 / Age 70 and over ¥350 / High school students and younger Free

Poster design: Yokoo Tadanori


2019-2020 Exhibition Schedule (PDF)


Yokoo Tadanori Profile

1936 Born in Nishiwaki, Hyogo Prefecture
1956 Begins working at Kobe Shimbun newspaper
(until 1959)
1969 Wins grand prize for prints at 6th Paris Youth Biennale
1972 Holds solo exhibition at Museum of Modern Art in New York
1974 Wins gold prize at 5th International Poster Biennale in Warsaw
1985 Invited to show in 13th Paris Biennale and 18th Sao Paulo Biennale
1986 Participates in Japanese Avant-Garde 1910-1970 exhibition at Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris
1993 Participates in special exhibition at 45th Venice Biennale
1994 Participates in Japanese Art After 1945 exhibition at Yokohama Museum of Art and Guggenheim Museum Soho in New York
1997 Holds solo exhibition at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura
2000 Elected to ADC (Art Directors’ Club) Hall of Fame in New York
2001 Holds solo exhibitions at Museum of Modern Art, Toyama and Hara Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo
2002 Holds solo exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
2003 Holds solo exhibition at National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
2005 Holds solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum Kumamoto
2006 Holds solo exhibition at Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain
2008 Holds solo exhibition at Setagaya Art Museum and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Awarded 36th Izumi Kyoka Prize for his novel Blueland (originally serialized in Bungakukai magazine) 
2009 Holds solo exhibition at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
2010 Holds solo exhibition at National Museum of Art, Osaka
2011 Holds solo exhibition at Okayama Prefectural Museum of Art and Museum of Art, Kochi
Awarded Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by Japanese government
Awarded Asahi Prize
2012 Participates in Double Vision: Contemporary Art from Japan at Moscow Museum of Modern Art in Russia and Haifa Museum of Art in Israel
2013 Receives the Kobe Shimbun Peace Prize
Awarded the title of the first honorary citizen of Nishiwaki City
Teshima Yokoo House opened
2014 Receives the Yamana Award
Holds solo exhibition at Kirishima Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima
2015 Receives the 27th Praemium Imperiale Awards In Honor of Prince Takamatsu
2016 Holds solo exhibition at Hakone Open-Air Museum, Kagoshima
Holds solo exhibition at State Museum of Oriental Art, Moscow


The museum collection, totaling approximately 3,000 items, is primarily made up of works that were either donated or deposited by the artist himself.

Encompassing a variety of media including paintings, prints, posters, collages, and book designs, the collection, which allows visitors to experience the entire range of Yokoo Tadanori’s diverse body of work, is without peer in the world.

・In the fourth-floor reading area, you will find information and images related to the works in the museum collection.

Archive Room

Having received a variety of materials that shed light on Yokoo Tadanori’s work from the artist’s personal collection, the museum is currently in the process of cataloguing and making these items available to the public. With a diverse range of content, the archive includes everything from Yokoo’s design manuscripts to his private library of books and LP records. There are also countless materials that detail the artist’s extensive relationships with a host of important figures which are of vital importance not only to the study of Yokoo’s work but also to the study of postwar cultural history as a whole.

  • Catalogued materials are available to the general public
    (free of charge, appointment required).
  • Materials cannot be removed from the archive room.
  • Individual users are not allowed to borrow materials from the facility.
  • A digital archive and open-access materials are also available in the fourth-floor reading area.

Those with an interest in making use of the Archive Room are asked to contact the museum by email (address below).

Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art

General Information

Museum Hours

Tue.-Thu. & Sun.: 10:00-18:00 (admission until 17:30)
Fri. & Sat.: 10:00-20:00 (admission until 19:30)


Mon. (or Tue. if Mon. is a national holiday), during the year-end and New Year’s holidays, and while performing maintenance.

Admission Fee

Fees vary according to the exhibition, please refer to information for each specific event.

*Admission to the Open Studio on the first floor and the rest and reading areas on the fourth floor is free.

Other Services


Wheelchairs can be used free of charge (two available). Please inquire at the information desk on the first floor. The restrooms on the second floor are equipped with spaces for wheelchairs.

Coin Lockers
Coin lockers are available for 100 yen (refunded after use). Items that will not fit in a locker can be deposited at the information desk on the first floor.

Using the Museum


Unless otherwise specified, each ticket is valid only for one person on one day during the exhibition period.

Reentry to the museum is permitted throughout the day of admission.

*Advance tickets are non-refundable (except in emergency situations such as an outbreak of influenza that results in the closure of the museum for over half of the exhibition period).

Museum Rules
  • Except for assistance dogs (for the visually and hearing impaired, etc.), animals are not allowed inside the museum.
  • As natural materials such as bouquets of flowers and live plants may exert a negative influence on the museum environment, we kindly ask that you inquire before bringing them inside the facility.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the museum.
  • Please do not eat or drink in the museum.
  • Please refrain from bringing flammable and other dangerous objects into the museum.
  • Umbrellas are not allowed inside the museum. Please leave them in the umbrella stand at the first-floor entrance.
Exhibition Rules
  • Please turn off or set your cell phone to silent mode, and refrain from speaking on the phone in the exhibition area.
  • Please do no touch the works.
  • Please refrain from writing except with a pencil.
    (Please do not make copies of the works.)
  • Photographs are allowed in the museum based on the following conditions:
    • Please do not use flash photography.
    • Please do not use tripods.
    • Please do not take video images.
    • Please do not disturb other visitors.
    • Photographs should only be used for nonprofit purposes.
    • Please be aware that photographs of other visitors may infringe on privacy rights.
    • Photography of some works on display may be prohibited.


Transportation Access

By Train
  • App. 6-min. walk from Hankyu Oji-koen Station
    (not accessible by express or special-express trains)
  • App. 10-min. walk from JR Nada Station
    (not accessible by express, limited-express or special-express trains)
  • App. 12-min. walk from Hanshin Iwaya Station
    (near Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art) (not accessible by express or special-express trains)
By Bus
  • App. 3-min. walk from Kobe City Bus Oji Dobutsuen-mae stop

    No. 90 Bus:Nakatottei Chuo Terminal←→Ishiyagawa / Ishiyagawa Shako-mae

    No. 92 Bus: Sannomiya Jinja-mae←→Ishiyagawa / Ishiyagawa Shako-mae

By Car
  • App. 8-min. (or 2.5 kilos) from Maya Interchange, Kobe Route of the Hanshin Expressway
    1. After getting off the Kobe Route of the Hanshin Expressway at the Maya Interchange, get on National Route 2 and travel east (toward Osaka).
    2. Turn left at the Funadera Intersection (heading north).
    3. Turn left again at the Suido-suji 3 Intersection.
    4. Go straight by way of the Hankyu Underpass for approximately 300 meters.
◎ Pay-parking available (Harada no Mori Gallery parking lot)
*As parking is limited, please use public transportation whenever possible.


Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art
(Oji Branch of Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art)
3-8-30 Harada-dori, Nada-ku, Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, 657-0837
Tel: 078-855-5602

Area Information

Kobe Museum Road(English / Chinese