The 27th (FY2023) Taro Okamoto Award

The 27th Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art
the Award invites and challenges artists “Who will Make History”.


Who will Make History!


In 1954, the 43-year-old Taro Okamoto published a book called “Today’s Art”. The subtitle to this book was “Who will Make History”.


Taro Okamoto passed away in 1996 at the age of 84.


The Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art, commonly referred to as the “TARO Award”, was established shortly after Taro passed away. In continuing the dreams of the late Taro Okamoto, the Award invites and challenges artists “Who will Make History”


After years of presenting the Award, the TARO Award was renewed in 2006. “Taro Okamoto Memorial Award for Contemporary Art” was renamed the “Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art”, which now also grants the “Taro Okamoto Award” (one recipient), “Toshiko Okamoto Award” (one recipient), and “Special Award” (multiple recipients).


Recipients of the “Taro Okamoto Award” and “Toshiko Okamoto Award” may have the chance to exhibit their works at the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum in Aoyama. Selected art works will be displayed at the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art in Kawasaki City, and follow-ups will be conducted to check on the future potentials of the recipients. The Award renewal in 2006 also serves the meaning of carrying on the final wish of Toshiko Okamoto, who passed away in 2005 and was a long-time supporter of Taro and this Award after his decease.


We are calling on the application from a wide range of people that remember Taro’s straight and sincere question “Who will Make History”and individuals that will be devoted to creative works.


Works can be in any form and technique as long as it complies with the rules listed in the application.


We are looking for art works that transcend genres and “fabulous” (a word that Taro often used) pieces that will startle the judges.


Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for Contemporary Art
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki


1. An individual or group who holds a copyright of the works to be applied.

2. Open to all nationalities, ages and professions (professionals and amateurs).


  1. No restriction of technique (i.e., painting, sculpture, etc.).
  2. Maximum size of the work: 2 dimensions [H5m×W5m], 3dimensions [H5m×W5m×D5m].

Please regulate work size depending on distributed space.

  1. Tools, equipment, machines, etc. must be provided by the artist.
    Please indicate the electric power voltage required for use at the exhibition.
  2. There is no network environment in an exhibition room. If you need internet, please prepare it by yourself.
  3. Please specify all the materials used for the work in the application form.If the danger that mold or the insects have an influence on the exhibit room expected, the work must be a change or withdrawal. Please warn materials not to have an influence or put measures like fumigation beforehand.
  4. For administrative reasons, food, soil, plants or animals may not be brought into or installed in the gallery or museum premises. Furthermore, should any logs or branches be employed, they must be certified as having been professionally fumigated.
  5. Infringement of copyrights by a third-person is strictly prohibited.
  6. Previous prize-winning and commercialized works are not permitted.
  7. Sales promotion of the works or being a direct or indirect result of commercial activities, are not eligible for entry.
  8. Submitted work will be disqualified if the title, category, concept and material are changed from the submitted plan after preliminary selection.

How to Apply

  1. Please fill out all the necessary sections in the application form (this may be downloaded from the website) and post it to the address listed below together with any accompanying documents, or alternatively, fill out the online application form on our website. Attached items differ between the postal and online applications so please read the following carefully and make the necessary preparations.
  2. Entries are limited to one work per applicant.
  3. The work cannot be applied for other contests.
  4. You will not be charged for applying your work. However, applicants are responsible for costs related to the application. Also, applicants are responsible for the costs that derive from the exhibition, such as transportation of the work, preliminary inspection, and award ceremony.
  5. The applications must reach us no later than September 15, 2023.

[ Postal Application ]

Please post all the necessary documents for your application to the address below.

(1) Completed application form [compulsory]

(2) In addition to the application form, data on past works may be included in a commercially available file (A4 size only), these should be printed on paper, do not include image data on DVD or CDs. Only video or musical works may be submitted on DVD or CD. Please note that no data will be returned. [optional]


[ Online Application ]  (We will start accepting from July 15, 2023)

  • Please use the 27th  Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art application form on Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki website.
  • Please attach the following files:

(1) Completed application form (PDF file) [compulsory]

(2) Data on past works, etc., maximum five, A4 size combined in one PDF file,  5MB or less. [optional]

* When scanning paper to create a PDF, please use the copy machine at a convenience store, etc.

* People who apply online will receive notification of the result of the first screening by email.

* Please do not embed URLs or QR codes in PDF files.


 The Online Application is here.

⇒【Download】application form (PDF 240KB)

⇒【Download】application form (DOC 79.5KB)

Judging Process

  1. Preliminary selection / Paper application and attached selection.
  2. Announcement of result / Applicants outside Japan will be notified by e-mail during November,2023. (scheduled)
  3. Final selection / Winning applicants must present works at appointed place at the appointed date.
  4. The judge’s decision is strict and we will not be able to respond to inquiries regarding the examination results and reasons.



■ SAWARAGI Noi [Art critic/ Professor of Tama Art University]

■ HIJIKATA Meiji [Director of the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki]

■ HIRANO Akiomi [Spatial media producer/ Director of the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum]

■ YAMASHITA Yuji [Professor of Meiji Gakuin University/ Art History]

■ WATARI Koichi [Curator of the Watarium Museum of Contemporary Art]



■ Taro Okamoto Award: ¥2,000,000 (1 recipient)

■ Toshiko Okamoto Award: ¥1,000,000 (1 recipient)
(These two prize winners can exhibit a work in Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum)

■ Special Award: ¥500,000 in total (multiple recipients)

From this year, when the nominated works are decided, all the nominees will be awarded a prize of 100,000 yen.

Taro Okamoto Award, Toshiko Okamoto Award, and Special Award prize will be paid on top of this.



Results will be announced in the media. All works that pass the preliminary selection stage will be exhibited at the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki from the mid- February to the mid-April, 2023(scheduled) as The 26th Exhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art.
During the exhibition, there is a popular vote of preliminary selected works by the visitors. High-ranking artists will get a souvenir.


  1. Application Period : July 15-September 15, 2023
  2. Preliminary Selection : November 2023. (scheduled)
  3. Preliminary settlement of selected works /display construction : the end of January to the early February, 2024. (scheduled)
  4. Final Selection /Announce of examination/Award ceremony : February, 2024. (scheduled)

The result of final selection is released to an award ceremony. The winner needs to attend at an award ceremony.

  1.  The 27thExhibition of the Taro Okamoto Award for Contemporary Art : the mid- February to the mid-April, 2024. (scheduled)


* A detailed schedule will be published on the websites of the Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki and the Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum as soon as it has been decided.


◆Head Office◆

Taro Okamoto Memorial Foundation for Contemporary Art

<Inquiry and Application Details>

TARO Award Ofiice
Taro Okamoto Museum of Art, Kawasaki
7-1-5 Masukata, Tama-ku, Kawasaki 214-0032 Japan
Tel: 81-44-900-9898


How to Apply / Application Details
Judging Process