The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo reopened in the spring of 2019. In addition to remodeling the café and restaurant, the renovation outfitted the museum with additional elevators, a baby care room, and a new children’s library. These new facilities have transformed the museum into a comfortable place for people of all walks of life.
The main section of the Now, it’s time to play exhibit is located in the exhibition rooms on the first floor. In the first room, “Examination Wall” by Yoshiaki Kaihatsu is created with stacks of cabinets fixed with colorful grips. On the opposite side of the wall lies a maze featuring difficult exam questions to be answered.
Kazuhiro Nomura’s “Altar of Laughter” is an interactive work in which visitors try to toss buttons onto a small pedestal. Members of team Hamburg use SNS group chats to create a series of works titled “If past action and credibility is undermined by a single word, doing for others is merely ♾.” In Tanotaiga’s “Tanonymas,” an array of masks based on the artist’s face cover the walls. Viewers of the art unit TOLTA’s “Cube the Positive Curse” create sentences with building blocks inscribed with positive words. Finally, Usio presents “Involuntary Ceremony,” an installation that explores the history of play through 11 works placed along a branching course.
In the rest area on the third floor, visitors can answer questions on the topic of play written on round paper uchiwa fans hanging on the wall or watch videos of interviews with participating artists.
Exploring play, ideas, and fun through artwork, the Now, it’s time to play exhibit has attracted lively crowds throughout summer vacation.