Founded in 1948, Bijutsu Techo is a monthly art magazine in Japanese. Focusing primarily on contemporary art in Japan, content of the magazine includes exhibition news, reviews, artist interviews and special feature as well as a section on world news.

The Archive holds the following issues of BT: Monthly Art Magazine Bijutsu Techo:  

1952: Apr(no.55)

1953: Nov(no.75)

1954: Apr(no.60)

1955: Feb(no.91), May(no.94)

1957: Sept(no.130), Nov(no.133)

1958: May(no.141), Jun(no.142), Jul(no.144), Aug(no.145), Sept(no.146), Oct(no.148), Nov(no.149, 2 copies), Dec(no.150)

1959: Mar(no.154), May(no.157), Jul(no.160), Aug(no.161), Oct(no.163), Dec(no.165)

1960: Jan(no.167), Mar(no.170), Apr(no.171), Jun(no.174, 2 copies), Jul(no.175), Sept(no.178), Oct(no.179), Dec(no.182, 2 copies)

1961: Feb(no.185), Apr(no.187, 2 copies), Jun(no.190), Sept(no.193), Nov(no.196)

1962: Mar(no.201, 2 copies), May(no.204), Jun(no.205), Jul(no.206), Sept(no.209), Oct(no.210, 2 copies), Dec(no.213)

1963: Jan(no.215), Feb(no.216), Mar(no.217), May(no.220), Jun(no.221)

1964: Feb(no.232), Apr(no.234), Jun(no.237), Jul(no.238), Oct(no.242), Dec(no.245), 1965 Art Yearbook (no.246)

1965: Jan(no.247), Apr(no.250), Jun(no.253), Jul(no.254), Aug(no.256), Sept(no.257), Nov(no.259)

1966: Mar(no.264)

1969(Vol.21): Mar(no.310), Jun(no.314), Dec(no.320)

1970(Vol.22): Apr(no.326)

1971(Vol.23): Aug(no.345)

1972(Vol.24): Jun(no.356)

1974(Vol.26): Jun(no.382), Jul(no.383), Oct(no.386)

1975(Vol.27): Mar(no.391), Apr(no.393), Jul(no.396), Aug(no.397), Oct(no.399), Nov(no.400)

1976(Vol.28): Jan(no.402), Mar(no.405), Sept(no.411), Dec(no.414)

1977(Vol.29): Jan(no.415), May (no.420), Sept(no.424), Oct(no.425), Dec(no.427)

1979(Vol.31): Mar(no.446), Apr(no.447, 448), Aug(no.452). Sept(no.454), Oct(no.455), Nov(no.456)

1980(Vol.32): Jan(no.459), Apr(no.463), May(no.465), Jun(no.466), Dec(no.474)

1982(Vol.34): Feb(no.493), Apr(no.495), May(no.496), Aug(no.500), Oct(no.502), Dec(no.504)

1983(Vol.35, 2 copies): Mar(no.508), Spring Quarterly(Vol.2 no.4), Apr(no.509), May(no.510), Jul(no.512), Aug(no.514), Oct(no.516), Nov(no.517), Dec(no.519)

1984(Vol.36): Jan(no.520), Feb(no.522), Jun(no.527), Jul(no.528), Sept(no.531), Nov(no.534, 2 copies)

1985(Vol.37): Apr(no.542), May(no.543), Aug(no.548), Nov(no.552)

1987(Vol.39): Jan(no.573), Feb(no.575, 2 copies), Mar(no.576), Jun(no.581), Jul(no.582), Aug(no.584), Sept(no.585), Nov(no.587)

1988(Vol.40): Jan(no.589, 2 copies), Feb(no.591), Apr(no.593, 2 copies), May(no.594), Jun(no.595, 2 copies), Aug(no.598), Sept(no.599), Oct(no.600, 2 copies), Nov(no.601), Dec(no.602)

1989(Vol.41): Jan(no.603), May(no.609), Jul(no.611, 2 copies), Aug(no.613), Sept(no.614), Oct(no.615), Nov(no.616), Dec(no.617, 2 copies)

1990(Vol.42): Mar(no.621), Jul(no.625), Sept(no.628), Nov(no.630)

1991(Vol.43): Jul(no.640), Oct(no.645)

1992(Vol.44): Feb(no.650), Mar(no.651)

1993(Vol.45): Aug(no.673)

1994(Vol.46): May(no.688), Jul(no.690), Oct(no.695)

1995(Vol.47): Feb(no.702)

Note: Issues from 1952 to 1995 have a different Location Code: PER.BIT (CLOSED STACK); please approach staff for assistance if you want to access these materials.

1999: Jan, Mar, Dec 

2000: Jan, Apr, May, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov 

2001(Vol.53): Jan(no.798, 2 copies), Feb(no.800), Mar(no.801), Jun, Jul, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2002(Vol.54): Jan(no.814, 2 copies), Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec 

2003(Vol.55): Jan(no.829, 2 copies), Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec(no.842, 2 copies)

2004(Vol.56): Jan, Feb(no.845, 2 copies), Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept(no.854, 2 copies), Oct, Nov(no.857, 2 copies), Dec

2005(Vol.57): Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May(no.864, 2 copies), Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2006(Vol.58): Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Jul(BT 2 copies), Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2007(Vol.59): Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2008(Vol.60): Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

2009(Vol.61): Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May(no.921), Jun(no.922), Jul(no.923), Aug(no.925), Supplementary Copy of Aug (Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial), Sept(no.927), Oct(no.928), Nov(no.930), Dec(no.931)

2010(Vol.62): Jan(no.932), Feb(no.933), Mar(no.934), Apr(no.935), May(no.936), Jun(no.937), Jul(no.939), Aug(no.940), Sept(no.943), Oct(no.944), Nov(no.945), Dec(no.946)

2011:(Vol.63): Jan(no.947), Feb(no.948), Mar(no.949), Apr(no.950), May(no.951), Jun(no.952), Jul(no.953), Aug(no.955), Sep(no.957), Oct(no.958), Nov(no.960), Dec(no.961)

2012(Vol.64): Jan(no.962), Feb(no.963), Mar(no.964), Apr(no.965), May(no.966), Jun(no.967), Jul(no.969), Aug(no.971), Sept(no.973; with supplement 奈良美智), Oct(no.974), Nov(no.975), Dec(no.976)

2013(Vol.65): Jan(no.977), Feb(no.979), Mar(no.980), Apr(no.982), May(no.984), Jun(no.985), Jul(no.987), Aug (no.989), Sept (no.991), Oct (no.993, with supplement), Nov(no.995), Dec(no.997)

2014(Vol.66): Jan(no.998), Feb(no.999), Mar(no.1000), Apr(no.1002), May(no.1004), Jun(no.1005), Jul(no.1006), Aug(no.1008), Sep(no.1010), Sep (special issue, no.1011), Oct(no.1012), Nov(no.1014), Dec(no.1016)

2015(Vol.67): Jan(no.1017), Feb(no.1018), Mar(no.1019), Apr(no.1020), May(no.1021), Jun(no.1022), Aug(no.1024), Sep(no.1028)

2016(Vol.68): Jan(no.1032), Feb(no.1033), Apr(no.1035), May(no.1036), Jul(no.1038), Aug(no.1039), Oct(no.1043), Dec(no.1046)

2017(Vol.69): Jan(no.1048), Feb(no.1049), Mar(no.1050), Apr(no.1051), May(no.1053), Jun(no.1054), Jul(no.1055), Aug(no.1056), Sep(no.1059, with supplement 写真集『昨日の君、明日のあなた』), Oct(no.1060), Nov(no.1061), Dec(no.1062)

2018(Vol.70): Jan(no.1063), Mar(no.1065), Apr/May(no.1066), Jun/Jul(no.1067; with supplement 五木田智央ZINE (ZIN.GOT)), Aug/Sep(no.1068), Oct(no.1071), Dec(no.1073)

2019(Vol.71): Apr(no.1075), Jun(no.1076)

Note: The magazine is published bi-monthly since April 2018.

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