The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • The Cosmos In A Tea Bowl – Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family

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    • 2017-03-14 - 2017-05-21

    Displaying works of Raku ware ceramics by a family of artists practicing for 15 generations. This exhibition focuses on the modernity to be observed in these pieces created through practices passed down...More »

  • Marcel Breuer’s Furniture: Improvement for Good

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    • Media: Product
    • 2017-03-03 - 2017-05-07

    Marcel Breuer’s “Club Chair B3,” also known as “Wassily chair,” was first shown in 1925 when the artist was still just twenty-three years old. Lacking cushions and pompous upholstering, it renovated the...More »

  • MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2017-02-18 - 2017-05-21

    On its second through fourth floors the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo introduces a selection of 200 masterpieces from its collection of some 13,000 works, the largest collection in Japan. Organized...More »

  • “Post-Museum? Or How the Medium Transforms the Art World” Talk Event

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2017-01-21 - 2017-01-21

    A series of symposiums exploring the potential of art in society with contemporary art critic Boris Groys will be held in Tokyo and Osaka. Through the analysis of contemporary art and society advanced...More »

  • Endless: The Paintings of Masaaki Yamada

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2016-12-06 - 2017-02-12

    Fully integrating his life with the act of painting, Masaaki Yamada was an artist that distanced himself from artistic trends and painted in solitude until the end of his life. “Endless: The Paintings...More »

  • MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2016-11-22 - 2017-02-12

    Welcome to the MOMAT Collection! Here are a few of the highlights of this installment of the exhibition. Some of the Nihon-ga (Japanese-style paintings) are displayed for a limited period in order to help...More »

  • EI-Q 1935-1937: Seeking the “Real” in the Dark

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Talks
    • 2016-11-22 - 2017-02-12

    Ei-Q (real name: Sugita Hideo, 1911-1960) is an artist who made a stunning debut in the art world with a collection of photo-dessins entitled “Nemuri no Riyu” (Reason of Sleep) and later pursued images...More »

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    Thomas Ruff Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Sound - Talks
    • 2016-08-30 - 2016-11-13

    Thomas Ruff has been a leading figure in contemporary photography since the 1990s when he emerged as part of the Becher School. Along with Andreas Gursky and Thomas Struth, Ruff studied photography with...More »

  • MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2016-08-16 - 2016-11-13

    Along with several Nihon-ga , which convey the seasonal transition from summer to fall, in the “Highlights” section (Room 1, 4th floor), visitors are welcome to enjoy a selection of modern Western works...More »

  • Gozo Yoshimasu “The Voice Between”

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film - Sound
    • 2016-06-07 - 2016-08-07

    This show considers the actuality of “poetry” through the “words,” “light” and “voice” created by poet Yoshimasu Gozo (b. 1939). In addition to the several hundred drawing-like sheets for Kaibutsu-kun...More »

  • MOMAT Collection by Yoshitomo Nara - Modern Landscape: For the Pleasure of People and Scenery

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2016-05-24 - 2016-11-13

    Noted artist Yoshitomo Nara serves as guest curator for this exhibition, selecting his favorite works from the MOMAT Collection. Among his choices there is included a work by Saburo Aso, Nara’s teacher...More »

  • Yasuda Yukihiko: A Retrospective

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2016-03-23 - 2016-05-15

    Yasuda Yukihiko (1884 – 1978), a masterly painter of Nihon-ga, Japanese-style painting, was predominantly famous for his great works on historical themes, including Camp at Kisegawa (Important Cultural...More »

  • MOMAT Collection Special Feature Spring in Full Bloom: A Nihon-ga Festival

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2016-03-08 - 2016-05-15

    Spring has finally arrived, and with the special exhibition Yasuda Yukihiko (March 23–May 15) taking place in the first-floor gallery, this edition of the exhibition, entitled “Spring in Full Bloom: A...More »

  • Koshiro Onchi Exhibition

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    • Media: Graphics - Painting - Drawing - Photography - Prints
    • 2016-01-13 - 2016-02-28

    Onchi Koshiro (1891-1955) is widely known as a promoter of the modernization of woodcuts and a pioneer of abstract expression in Japan. He looked up to Takehisa Yumeji as his model in his teens and in...More »

  • Re: play 1972/2015 – Restaging Expression in Film ‘72

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    • Media: Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-10-06 - 2015-12-13

    In the 1960s and the 1970s, artists “discovered,” and explored the possibility of film and video as mediums through which to reconsider creation and presentation of works. Placing a reconstruction of a...More »

  • poster for  Talk “Critical Archive Vol. 3”

    Talk “Critical Archive Vol. 3”

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2015-10-03 - 2015-10-03

    This ongoing series reassesses critical perspectives pre- and post-war contemporary art through the lens of mid-century criticism. The third symposium features an exchange of opinions among organizer Ryo...More »

  • Glove | Evlog

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-09-19 - 2015-12-13

    If you fill the inside of a glove with resin and then take it out, a shape appears in a place where nothing existed. In this way we may say emptiness turns to substance. From the 1960s to the 1970s, many...More »

  • MOMAT Collection Special Exhibit: Tsuguharu Foujita – Complete Works from the Museum Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-09-19 - 2015-12-13

    The MOMAT Collection, a series of exhibits showcasing works from the holdings of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, has undergone drastic changes since it was revamped in 2012. The numerous, large-scale...More »

  • MOMAT Summer Festival 2015

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    • Media: Video and Film - Party - Talks - Performance Art
    • 2015-07-31 - 2015-08-02

    A weekend of film screenings, symposia, exercise regimes and yard sales takes over the museum garden in a wave of summer festival feeling. Event Details Summer Outdoor Cinema Date: July 31(Fri) 19:00-21:00 Red...More »

  • poster for No Museum, No Life? - Encylopedia to the Art Museums of the Future

    No Museum, No Life? - Encylopedia to the Art Museums of the Future

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2015-06-16 - 2015-09-13

    While art museums showcase exhibition after exhibition of artists’ works they rarely give a spotlight to the spaces of museums themselves. This exhibition intends to shift our perspective to the infrastructure...More »

  • poster for Things: Rethinking Japanese Photography and Art in 1970s

    Things: Rethinking Japanese Photography and Art in 1970s

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2015-05-26 - 2015-09-13

    In the 1970s, “things” emerged as a keyword in the Japanese photography world. The photographer Takuma Nakahira, who had begun to express his dissatisfaction with existing photographic aesthetics in the...More »

  • MOMAT Collection: What Are You Fighting For?

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2015-05-26 - 2015-09-13

    As this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II this exhibition presents approximately 200 works intended to provoke thought around “fighting,” including conflicts between animals, nations,...More »

  • Takamatsu Jiro Mysteries

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Product
    • 2014-12-02 - 2015-03-01

    Who was Takamatsu Jiro (1936 – 1998)? Tangled strings, lights and shadows, chairs and tables out of perspective, sagging cloth, stepladders on brick, paintings… This exhibition presents 50 pieces to explore...More »

  • Ikko Narahara “Domains”

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2014-11-18 - 2015-03-01

    Ikko Narahara (b. 1931) is one of the leading photographers of postwar Japan. First published in 1958, his “Domains” focused on human beings in a monastery in Hokkaido and a female prison in Wakayama Prefecture,...More »

  • Shunso Hishida: A Retrospective

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2014-09-23 - 2014-11-03

    Shunso Hishida (1874–1911) was one of the most captivating Japanese-style painters of modern Japan. After graduating from Tokyo Bijutsu Gakko (now Tokyo University of the Arts), he helped found the Japan...More »

  • poster for Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure— Selected Works from Yageo Foundation Collection

    Guess What? Hardcore Contemporary Art’s Truly a World Treasure— Selected Works from Yageo Foundation Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation - Talks
    • 2014-06-20 - 2014-08-24

    From the Yageo Foundation Collection, known as one of the most excellent collections of contemporary art, this exhibition presents 75 important pieces by artists such as Sanyu, Francis Bacon, Zao Wou-ki,...More »

  • MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2014-06-07 - 2014-08-24

    The special exhibition “There’s Something Happening Here II: 1923, 1945, and Beyond” on the 4th and 3rd floor is a postwar edition of “There’s Something Happening Here.” It not only traces various developments...More »

  • Art and Printed Matter from the 1960s to the 1970s

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    • Media: Graphics - Prints
    • 2014-06-07 - 2014-11-03

    In the 1960s, artists began to utilize printed matter such as books, magazines, catalogs, brochures, handouts, and postcards as a means of circulating ideas and records of actions. Printed matter became...More »

  • poster for ”Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers”

    ”Reading Cinema, Finding Words: Art after Marcel Broodthaers”

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    • Media: Photography - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2014-04-22 - 2014-06-01

    Examining the interpretations of cinema within the realms of art, as purported by the practice of Marcel Broodthaers and his language of film. Through the works of 13 leading contemporary artists this...More »

  • After the Quake - Thoughts of Tohoku III

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2014-04-15 - 2014-06-01

    In its third series of events marking the events of the Great east Japan Earthquake and Tsunami the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo examines the moves of artists in the aftermath of both the natural...More »

  • “MOMAT Collection”

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing - Graphics - Photography - Prints
    • 2014-03-04 - 2014-04-06

    The latest selection of modern art from the museum’s collection of over 12000 works ranging across painting, nihonga, drawing, photography and sculpture, covering 100 years of Japanese modern art and its...More »

  • Your Portrait: A Tetsumi Kudo Retrospective

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    • Media: Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2014-02-04 - 2014-03-30

    Tetsumi Kudo (1935-1990) began creating art as a student at Tokyo University of the Arts and quickly drew attention as one of the major figures of the anti-art movement. He moved to Paris in 1962 and worked...More »

  • Mud and Jelly

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-01-21 - 2014-04-06

    Paint is a strange substance. At once gooey, soft, and sticky, it is used to create images of people and landscapes on the canvas. When the paint’s gooiness captures the eye, it detracts from our awareness...More »

  • poster for Josef Koudelka Exhibition

    Josef Koudelka Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2013-11-06 - 2014-01-13

    Josef Koudelka (born in Czechoslovakia in 1938) is one of the most important photographers in the world today. This exhibition traces his career from his earliest to his most recent works. Following...More »

  • poster for Product Design Today: Creating “Made in Japan”

    Product Design Today: Creating “Made in Japan”

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2013-11-01 - 2014-01-13

    A great variety of region-based traditional crafts and industries are alive in Japan. Product designers and technicians collaborate to propose and produce goods that enrich our lives, using long-cultivated...More »

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    MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2013-10-22 - 2014-01-13

    200 works from the extensive collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. The collection includes over 12,000 Nihonga, Western-style paintings, prints, watercolors, photographs, and moving images,...More »

  • poster for Seiho Takeuchi - Master of Modern Nihonga

    Seiho Takeuchi - Master of Modern Nihonga

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2013-09-03 - 2013-10-14

    A flag barer for the modernization of the Kyoto art scene, Seiho Takeuchi(1864-1942) left a singular mark upon modern nihonga and came to be an inspiration to generations of nihonga painters after him....More »

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    MOMAT Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture - Installation
    • 2013-08-10 - 2013-10-14

    An array of 200 works are selected from the extensive collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo which includes over 12,000 items of nihonga, western-style painting, printing, watercolor, photography...More »

  • poster for “Your Portrait - A Retrospective of Tetsumi Kudo - Pre Event”

    “Your Portrait - A Retrospective of Tetsumi Kudo - Pre Event”

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    • Media: Video and Film - Party - Talks
    • 2013-06-23 - 2013-06-23

    From this Autumn the exhibition “Your Portrait - A Retrospective of Tetsumi Kudo” will be touring across the National Museum of Modern Art, Osaka, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Aomori Museum...More »

  • poster for Playback Artist Talk

    Playback Artist Talk

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Video and Film
    • 2013-06-14 - 2013-08-04

    Since 2005 The Museum of Modern Art has regularly held an artist talk series in which artists are invited to discuss their work before that held in the museum collection. To date 30 such events have...More »

  • poster for Unconsciousness of the City

    Unconsciousness of the City

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2013-06-04 - 2013-08-04

    Urban areas and art are inseparable. Besides existing as places that inspire expressionists, cities themselves constitute an important theme of art. Focusing on three topics: the underground, the skyline,...More »

  • poster for Francis Bacon Exhibition

    Francis Bacon Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2013-03-08 - 2013-05-26

    Born in Dublin, Ireland, Francis Bacon (1909-1992) spent most of his life in London, which he used as a base for his international artistic activities. Bacon, whose life spanned most of the 20th century,...More »

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    Tokyo Olympics 1964 Design Project

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2013-02-13 - 2013-05-26

    This exhibition traces the work of designers who were involved in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. [Image: Yusaku Kamekura, "Tokyo Olympics" (1962)]More »

  • poster for "New Perspectives on Postwar Japanese Art" Symposium

    "New Perspectives on Postwar Japanese Art" Symposium

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2012-12-23 - 2012-12-23

    Organized by the Japan Foundation, this symposium commemorates the groundbreaking exhibition "Tokyo 1955-1970: A New Avant-Garde" currently on view at the MoMA in New York, attempting to find new perspectives...More »

  • poster for "Art Will Thrill You! The Essense of Japanese Art" Exhibition

    "Art Will Thrill You! The Essense of Japanese Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2012-10-16 - 2013-01-14

    The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo celebrates its 60th anniversary this year with a special retrospective exhibition looking back on the past 100 years of modern Japanese art. [Image: Shoen Uemura,...More »

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    "14 Evenings"

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    • Media: Party - Performance Art
    • 2012-08-26 - 2012-09-08

    Two-week evening performance program of art, dance, music, theater and readings, with a focus on improvisation. All events are free and open to all. Doors open at 17:00 every day, and the main program...More »

  • poster for MOMAT Pavilion designed and built by Studio Mumbai

    MOMAT Pavilion designed and built by Studio Mumbai

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    • Media: Architecture
    • 2012-08-26 - 2013-05-26

    In 2012, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its opening. On this occasion, MOMAT will wholly redesign the Collection Gallery (on the 2-4 floors, main...More »

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    Concerto Museo

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    • Media: Painting - Party
    • 2012-08-10 - 2012-08-12

    Part of a series of events celebrating the 60th anniversary of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Concerto Museo will feature free performances over three days in front of a selection of paintings...More »

  • poster for Reika Kikkawa "An Explorer for Lines in Modern Times"

    Reika Kikkawa "An Explorer for Lines in Modern Times"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Graphics
    • 2012-06-12 - 2012-07-29

    Perhaps there are not so many people that know the name Kikkawa Reika (1875-1929) nowadays. Reika was born in Yushima, Tokyo. After learning ukiyo-e and painting of the Kano school, influenced by Matsubara...More »

  • poster for "Photography Today 4: in their persistent endeavors to meet the world" Exhibition

    "Photography Today 4: in their persistent endeavors to meet the world" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2012-06-01 - 2012-07-29

    This exhibition focuses on the work of a group of independently minded DIY photographers who publish their own zines and books, and run their own spaces and galleries. [Image: Ayao Nakamura, "Pray"...More »

  • poster for Jackson Pollock "A Centennial Retrospective"

    Jackson Pollock "A Centennial Retrospective"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2012-02-10 - 2012-05-06

    Immediately after World War II, Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) altered the concept of painting significantly by means of an original style and technique in which he sprinkled paint all over a canvas spread...More »

  • poster for Hara Hiromu "What One Discovers Through Design Work"

    Hara Hiromu "What One Discovers Through Design Work"

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    • Media: Graphics - Talks
    • 2012-02-03 - 2012-05-06

    Hara Hiromu (1903–1986) designed many posters, tickets and catalogue covers for exhibitions held by the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo for twenty years from its opening in 1952 until 1972. As many...More »

  • poster for "Undressing Paintings - Japanese Nudes 1880-1945" Exhibiton

    "Undressing Paintings - Japanese Nudes 1880-1945" Exhibiton

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-11-15 - 2012-01-15

    Paintings of naked figures are still being produced widely, and are familiar to us. Nevertheless, the custom of depicting in works of art and publicly appreciating naked and semi-naked human bodies is...More »

  • poster for Valerio Olgiati Exhibition

    Valerio Olgiati Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Talks
    • 2011-11-01 - 2012-01-15

    Elegantly combining daring forms and simple plans, Valerio Olgiati (b. 1958) is now attracting attention not only in Switzerland, his homeland, but also from architects around the world. This show illustrates...More »

  • poster for Leiko Ikemura "Transfiguration"

    Leiko Ikemura "Transfiguration"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2011-08-23 - 2011-10-23

    A woman floats up from the canvas ground. A person is depicted with a cabbage head. A hollow girl has no legs. A monster-like face suddenly emerges out of the rocks. The somewhat mysterious figures...More »

  • poster for Leo Rubinfien "Wounded Cities"

    Leo Rubinfien "Wounded Cities"

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2011-08-12 - 2011-10-23

    Photographer Leo Rubinfien (born 1953) was living just two blocks away from the World Trade Center when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2011 struck. He subsequently spent much time trying to document...More »

  • poster for Shigeo Toya Artist Talk

    Shigeo Toya Artist Talk

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    • Media: Talks
    • 2011-06-05 - 2011-06-05

    Talk event with veteran sculptor Shigeo Toya. [Image: Shigeo Toya, “The Death of a Forest” (1989) Wood, Acrylic, 230 x 495 x 62cm Photo by Yoshihiro Kikuyama]More »

  • poster for Paul Klee "Art in the Making 1883-1940"

    Paul Klee "Art in the Making 1883-1940"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2011-05-31 - 2011-07-31

    Swiss-born painter Paul Klee (1879-1940) has long enjoyed a warm reception in Japan, where many exhibitions of his work have been held over the years. This, however, is the first Klee exhibition to be...More »

  • poster for "On the Road" Exhibition

    "On the Road" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Video and Film
    • 2011-05-17 - 2011-07-31

    Traveling long distances and the passage of long time may be the two elements that make up the essence of experiences on the road. Presenting 30 pieces including paintings, photographs and video pieces,...More »

  • poster for "Taro Okamoto - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth" Exhibition

    "Taro Okamoto - The 100th Anniversary of His Birth" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2011-03-08 - 2011-05-08

    Taro Okamoto (1911-1996) is probably one of the most well-known artists in Japan of the latter half of the 20th century. He created Tower of the Sun for Expo ’70 held in Osaka, made comments full of impact...More »

  • poster for "Morphology of Emptiness" Exhibition

    "Morphology of Emptiness" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2011-02-22 - 2011-05-08

    In the figure-ground relationship, some pieces present an empty figure instead of making the figure stand out against the ground. Some three-dimensional pieces attract viewers' attention to inner hollow...More »

  • poster for "Avant-Garde Nihonga 1938-1949" Exhibition

    "Avant-Garde Nihonga 1938-1949" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-01-08 - 2011-02-13

    The late 1930s in Japan were a period of turbulent social upheaval that saw a decisive break with the traditional aesthetic values of nihonga painting and the search for new modes of expression. Artists...More »

  • poster for "Ceramic Design of Masatoshi Sakaegi - Rhythm and Waves" Exhibition

    "Ceramic Design of Masatoshi Sakaegi - Rhythm and Waves" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2011-01-08 - 2011-02-13

    Making free use of model molding techniques, ceramic designer Masatoshi Sakaegi (b. 1944) handles all the processes for his work, from sketching to completion, in order to connect user’s ideas to his own...More »

  • poster for Saburo Aso Exhibition

    Saburo Aso Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-11-09 - 2010-12-19

    Saburo Aso (1913-2000) was a painter who tirelessly probed the essence of painting, always maintaining a certain tension directed against society while investigating the relationship between real and painterly...More »

  • poster for Kiyoshi Suzuki "Hundred Steps and Thousand Stories"

    Kiyoshi Suzuki "Hundred Steps and Thousand Stories"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2010-10-29 - 2010-12-19

    Kiyoshi Suzuki (1943–2000) is known as a photographer who never ceased exploring, in his own unique style, the possibilities of the photography book. Over his thirty-year career starting at the end of...More »

  • poster for Shoen Uemura Exhibition

    Shoen Uemura Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-09-07 - 2010-10-17

    Japanese-style painter Shoen Uemura (1875-1949) preferred motifs such as ordinary people as well as historical figures or characters yokyoku (Noh songs). She infused her subjects with strong emotions,...More »

  • poster for "Drawing in the Dark" Exhibition

    "Drawing in the Dark" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Talks
    • 2010-08-14 - 2010-10-17

    Katsuro Yoshida (1943–1999) used fingers. Abraham David Christian (b. 1952) made frottages using plants. Masato Kobayashi (b. 1957) drew candles lighting the dark. Their works highlight the “hapticness”...More »

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    "Where is Architecture? Seven Installations by Japanese Architects" Exhibition

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    • Media: Architecture - Installation
    • 2010-04-29 - 2010-08-08

    This exhibition of architecture consists entirely of new installations by seven groups of Japanese architects, representing a variety of ages and styles. To create "architecture," architects are expected...More »

  • poster for "Meaningful Stain" Exhibition

    "Meaningful Stain" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2010-04-20 - 2010-08-08

    “If you want to paint, look at walls covered with stains. There you will find countless things, from trees to faces,” said Leonardo da Vinci. These words tell us that stains are something beyond human...More »

  • poster for "Chikkyo Ono - 120 Years After His Birth" Exhibition

    "Chikkyo Ono - 120 Years After His Birth" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-03-02 - 2010-04-11

    Chikkyo Ono (1889-1979) was a member of the National Painting Association (Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai) that was founded in Kyoto in 1918, known for his efforts to bring reform and a new innovative approach to...More »

  • poster for William Kentridge "What We See & What We Know Thinking About History While Walking, and Thus the Drawings Began to Move..."

    William Kentridge "What We See & What We Know Thinking About History While Walking, and Thus the Drawings Began to Move..."

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    • Media: Drawing - Installation - Video and Film
    • 2010-01-02 - 2010-02-14

    William Kentridge (b. 1955 in South Africa, based in Johannesburg) began creating his signature ‘drawings in motion’ in the late 1980s. These animated works are created through the laborious process of...More »

  • poster for Yoshio Hayakawa "The 'Face' and the 'Form'"

    Yoshio Hayakawa "The 'Face' and the 'Form'"

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Drawing
    • 2010-01-02 - 2010-02-14

    Hayakawa Yoshio was born in 1917 in Osaka, and led the postwar graphic design world in Japan for many years. He had a far-reaching influence on younger designers, and was active until his sudden death...More »

  • poster for Tatsuo Kawaguchi "Language, Time, Life"

    Tatsuo Kawaguchi "Language, Time, Life"

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    • Media: Sculpture - Installation
    • 2009-10-14 - 2009-12-13

    Tatsuo Kawaguchi is an artist who has been a leading figure in Japanese contemporary art since the 1960s. Employing diverse materials from metal, light, heat as well as fossils and plant seeds, Kawaguchi...More »

  • poster for Paul Gauguin Exhibition

    Paul Gauguin Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2009-07-03 - 2009-09-23

    The artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) turned his back on the highly developed western civilization of the end of the 19th century and made his way alone to the solitary island of Tahiti in the South Seas. It...More »

  • poster for "Waiting for Video: Works From the 1960s To Today" Exhibition

    "Waiting for Video: Works From the 1960s To Today" Exhibition

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    • Media: Video and Film - Media Arts
    • 2009-03-31 - 2009-06-07

    This exhibition presents a total of 50 films and video works created by artists from America, Europe and Japan from the 1960s to today. Nowadays, we rarely see a contemporary art exhibition that doesn't...More »

  • poster for "What Lurks in Wood" Exhibition

    "What Lurks in Wood" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2009-03-14 - 2009-06-07

    Since the ancient times Japanese people have found something supernatural in trees, and have used them for producing various images including Buddhist statues. Even after the Meiji period (1868-1912) when...More »

  • "Masterpieces from the Collection: Taikan Yokoyama, Metempsychosis" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-20 - 2009-03-08

    Metempsychosis by Taikan Yokoyama (1868-1958), an Important Cultural Property in our collection, will be shown in a specially installed gallery on the first floor. This forty-meter scroll painting rendered...More »

  • poster for "Collage: Creation by Severance and Reconstruction" Exhibition

    "Collage: Creation by Severance and Reconstruction" Exhibition

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    • 2009-01-20 - 2009-03-08

    Collage, a technique in which images detached from their original contexts are assembled to create a new image, became popular since its intentional introduction in the early twentieth century, shaking...More »

  • poster for Yutaka Takanashi "Field Notes of Light"

    Yutaka Takanashi "Field Notes of Light"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-01-20 - 2009-03-08

    The nearly fifty-year career of photographer Yutaka Takanashi (b. 1935) has centered on the city. He has changed cameras and methods of walking around the city, sometimes attempting to trace accumulations...More »

  • poster for "Okinawa Prismed 1872-2008" Exhibition

    "Okinawa Prismed 1872-2008" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Ceramics
    • 2008-10-31 - 2008-12-21

    The abundant nature, rich cultural traditions, painful history and problematic political conditions of Okinawa have all served as motivations for the creative activities of artists of diverse origins....More »

  • poster for Makoto Komatsu "Design + Humour"

    Makoto Komatsu "Design + Humour"

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    • Media: Product - Talks
    • 2008-10-28 - 2008-12-21

    Thrust into the limelight in 1975 thanks to his Crinkle series - pieces in the shape of vessels such as cups and paper bags with paper and cloth wrinkles - Makoto Komatsu (b. 1943) is now a leading product...More »

  • poster for "A Perspective on Contemporary Art 6: Emotional Drawing" Exhibition

    "A Perspective on Contemporary Art 6: Emotional Drawing" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Installation - Media Arts - Talks
    • 2008-08-26 - 2008-10-13

    This show presents works in which artists' emotions seem to have been teased out by embracing the fragile quality intrinsic to drawing. Featured are sixteen artists from Asia, Europe and the Middle East...More »

  • poster for "Between the Wall and the Ground" Exhibition

    "Between the Wall and the Ground" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
    • 2008-08-09 - 2008-10-13

    The wall rising upright in front of us and the horizontal expanse of the ground under our feet are the two "planes" that comprise the foundation of our perception of the world. How have these "planes"...More »

  • poster for "Carlo Zauli: A Retrospective" Exhibition

    "Carlo Zauli: A Retrospective" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2008-06-17 - 2008-08-03

    Known internationally as a great innovator of modern ceramics, Carlo Zauli (1926-2002) was an Italian master ceramic artist who had considerable influence also on Japanese counterparts. This is the first...More »

  • poster for "Architectural Creation Peter Märkli and Jun Aoki" Exhibition

    "Architectural Creation Peter Märkli and Jun Aoki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Architecture
    • 2008-06-03 - 2008-08-03

    The two architects, Peter Märkli (b. 1953) from Switzerland and Jun Aoki (b. 1956) from Japan, share a strong interest in paintings and sculpture. This exhibition presents many of more than 300 drawings...More »

  • poster for "Kaii Higashiyama: A Retrospective" Exhibition

    "Kaii Higashiyama: A Retrospective" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-03-29 - 2008-05-18

    This is a retrospective exhibition on landscape artist Kaii Higashiyama, born in 1908. He established a unique style characterized by planarity and simplicity as can be seen in his representative work...More »

  • poster for "Self / Other" Exhibition

    "Self / Other" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Sculpture - Video and Film - Talks
    • 2008-01-18 - 2008-03-09

    Today, in the chaos of diversity, how can we pay attention to "the other," the one different from oneself, and accept its values? To begin with, do we "understand" ourselves? This exhibition presents contemporary...More »

  • poster for "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Centering on Donated Works" Exhibition

    "Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Centering on Donated Works" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-01-02 - 2008-03-20

    Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) was a painter who developed his career in the U.S. during the tumultuous period from the early 20th century to the postwar years. This small show presents more than twenty pieces,...More »

  • poster for "Modern Age in Japanese Sculpture: From its Beginnings through the 1960s" Exhibition

    "Modern Age in Japanese Sculpture: From its Beginnings through the 1960s" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-11-13 - 2007-12-24

    Various sculptural expressions can be found in traditional Japanese culture. Aside from Buddhist statues, statues of deities, architectural decorations, and other crafted objects, "sculpture" from a Western...More »

  • poster for "Skies and Stars: Celestial Images" Exhibition

    "Skies and Stars: Celestial Images" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Sculpture
    • 2007-10-27 - 2007-12-24

    Almost everyone has wondered about another planet while staring at stars in the sky, or gazed at cloud formations and seen the shapes of particular things. In ancient times, human beings always found inspiration...More »

  • Ikuo Hirayama "A Retrospective - Pilgrimage for Peace"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-09-04 - 2007-10-21

    Ikuo Hirayama is a highly acclaimed artist that is particularly well known for his intellectual and lyrical works based on folklore and anecdotes, such as the painting "Transmission of Buddhism". He has...More »

  • poster for "The Sense of Collapse" Exhibition

    "The Sense of Collapse" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints
    • 2007-08-18 - 2007-10-21

    Abandoned ruins, catastrophic scenes from wars and disasters, the decay of things over time, as well as the disintegration of personal identity -- a sense of collapse is frequently depicted in the art...More »

  • poster for Henri Michaux "Emerging Figures"

    Henri Michaux "Emerging Figures"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-06-19 - 2007-08-12

    Henri Michaux is a Belgian painter as well as a poet who worked in France. For about a half century since the 1930s he created peculiar drawings with his signature abstract marks that are neither symbols...More »

  • poster for Henri Cartier-Bresson "Retrospective"

    Henri Cartier-Bresson "Retrospective"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography
    • 2007-06-19 - 2007-08-12

    The photographer who never missed a decisive moment, Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) studied painting before starting to focus on photography in the early 1930s. Recognized as the master of taking candid...More »

  • poster for "Ai-Mitsu" Exhibition

    "Ai-Mitsu" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2007-03-30 - 2007-05-27

    Celebrating the 100th anniversary since he was born, this is a retrospective exhibition devoted to an exceptional painter from the World War II period, Ai-Mitsu, who had a huge influence on the history...More »

  • poster for "Fiction for the Real" Exhibition

    "Fiction for the Real" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Photography - Prints - Media Arts
    • 2007-03-10 - 2007-05-27

    It is often said that art forms became diversified in the 1990s more than ever before. The scene was rather chaotic, reflecting upon the remarkable development in information technology as well as the...More »

  • poster for Tsuji Kako Exhibition

    Tsuji Kako Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2007-01-19 - 2007-03-04

    Kako Tsuji (1871-1931) is a prominent Japanese artist, known as part of the 'four kings' along with Seiho Takeuchi, Hobun Kikuchi, and Kokyo Taniguchi. He was active in modern Kyoto as both an artist and...More »

  • poster for Taikan Yokoyama "Metempsychosis"

    Taikan Yokoyama "Metempsychosis"

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2007-01-02 - 2007-03-04

    As part of the permanent collection exhibition "Masterpiece from the Collection", the entire 40 meters of the Important Cultural Property "Metempsychosis" by Taikan Yokoyama (1868-1958) will be on display...More »

  • poster for "Modern Art in Wanderings: In Between the Japanese and Western Style Paintings" Exhibition

    "Modern Art in Wanderings: In Between the Japanese and Western Style Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-11-07 - 2006-12-24

    Contemporary Japanese paintings are sometimes categorized as being either Nihonga (Japanese paintings) or Western style paintings. This categorization started in the Meiji Era and has been adopted by the...More »

  • poster for "Photography Today 3: Resolution/Dissolution" Exhibition

    "Photography Today 3: Resolution/Dissolution" Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography - Talks
    • 2006-10-31 - 2006-12-24

    "Resolution/Dissolution" follows "The Absence of Distance" (1998) and "Site/Sight - Place and Scenes" (2002). The boundary surface between two different domains has always been an important theme to...More »

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    Modern Paradise Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2006-08-15 - 2006-10-15

    This exhibition features more than 100 pieces from the massive art collections of the Ohara Museum and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo: paintings, sculptures, photographs and more. The works depict...More »

  • poster for "Body in Pieces" Exhibition

    "Body in Pieces" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-08-05 - 2006-10-15
  • poster for Jiro Yoshihara: A Centenary Retrospective

    Jiro Yoshihara: A Centenary Retrospective

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    • Media: Illustration - Talks
    • 2006-06-13 - 2006-07-30

    This is the first large scale retrospective of Jiro Yoshihara (1905-1972) to be held in Tokyo. Osaka-born Yoshihara pioneered avant-garde art for over fifty years and was well known overseas as the leader...More »

  • poster for "Duration / Rupture"

    "Duration / Rupture"

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2006-05-30 - 2006-07-30

    The four artists were born around the 1930's and debuted as artists in their 50s. They continue to produce high quality work to this day and personify post-war Japanese art. Work from their early stages...More »

  • poster for Tsuguharu Foujita Exhibition

    Tsuguharu Foujita Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-03-28 - 2006-05-21

    One of the leading painters of the Ecole de Paris, Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968) created elegant nude paintings which fascinating "milky-white" skin tones continue to fascinate people even today. In commemoration...More »

  • poster for Contemporary Prints: Transformation of Photographic Image

    Contemporary Prints: Transformation of Photographic Image

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2006-03-11 - 2006-05-21

    This exhibition features print works that involve the use of photographs. "Prints" used to refer to either wood-block or copper-plate prints, but the usage of photography with print is becoming more popular...More »

  • poster for Kunitaro Suda Exhibition

    Kunitaro Suda Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-01-13 - 2006-03-05

    Kunitaro Suda (1891-1961) studied aesthetics and art history at Kyoto University, before exploring the history and techniques of oil painting in Europe. He developed and established a unique style of light...More »

  • poster for August Sander "Face of Our Time"

    August Sander "Face of Our Time"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2005-10-25 - 2005-12-18

    August Sander (1876-1964) was a photographer best known for his numerous portraits of German people in the Weimar period. His major project, aiming at presenting Menschen des 20. Jahrhunderts (People of...More »

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    German Contemporary Photography

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2005-10-25 - 2005-12-18

    Since the 1990s German photography has been attracting wide attention not only in the domain of photography but in the broader context of contemporary art. Presenting works of photographers such as B....More »

  • poster for Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues

    Cubism in Asia: Unbounded Dialogues

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-08-09 - 2005-10-02

    Originated in the early twentieth century by Picasso and other artists, Cubism was one of the most important developments in modern art to have such a global and enduring impact. Presenting about 130 works...More »

  • Video Installation by Bill Viola and Contemporary Works From the Museum Collection

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    • Media: Video and Film
    • 2005-07-26 - 2005-10-02

    Last year the museum acquired Bill Viola's The Quintet of Remembrance (2000), a silent video installation into which human emotion is condensed. Featuring Viola's installation, this show presents contemporary...More »

  • poster for Kokei Kobayashi - Master of the Modern Japanese Painting

    Kokei Kobayashi - Master of the Modern Japanese Painting

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2005-06-07 - 2005-07-18

    Kokei Kobayashi (1883-1957) was an artist who, in a period of new art consciousness (Taisho to Showa eras), managed to innovate and push the format of Japanese painting while preserving its traditional...More »

  • poster for Van Gogh in Context

    Van Gogh in Context

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-03-23 - 2005-05-22

    Each of the dominant themes in the art of van Gogh (1853-1890), such as religion and labor (the Netherlands), light (Paris), utopia (Arles), and the antinomy between nature and religion (Saint-Rémy-de-Provence),...More »

  • Misao Yokoyama and Masayoshi Nakamura - A New Phase in Postwar Japanese-style Painting from the Museum Collection

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-03-05 - 2005-05-22

    Both Misao Yokoyama and Masayoshi Nakamura explored new possibilities of postwar Japanese-style painting, ushering in a new phase in the painting circles with their dynamic composition. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for Graphic Designs of Takashi Kono

    Graphic Designs of Takashi Kono

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    • Media: Graphics
    • 2005-01-12 - 2005-02-27

    Best known by his posters for Shochiku Kinema, a major movie production company, Takashi Kono (1906-1999) was a designer whose career almost entirely overlapped with the history of Japanese graphic design....More »

  • poster for Traces - Body and Idea in Contemporary Art

    Traces - Body and Idea in Contemporary Art

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2005-01-12 - 2005-02-27

    Incisions on the canvas, spattered paint, hand prints left on picture planes--mainstream images of postwar art often involve the principle of causality, bearing vivid traces of physical activities or raw...More »

  • poster for Yayoi Kusama "Eternity - Modernity"

    Yayoi Kusama "Eternity - Modernity"

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    • Media: Painting - Installation
    • 2004-10-26 - 2004-12-19

    From her early paintings of proliferating nets to soft sculpture and performances after she moved to the United States, Yayoi Kusama (1929- ) has never ceased to explore new possibilities in expression,...More »

  • poster for Ihei Kimura - The Man with the Camera

    Ihei Kimura - The Man with the Camera

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2004-10-09 - 2004-12-19

    Ihei Kimura (1901-1974), one of the leading photographers of his time, broke new ground in reportage photography using small cameras, an achievement still amazing even today. Using several parts of the...More »

  • RIMPA

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2004-08-21 - 2004-10-03

    Typified by Korin Ogata (1658-1716), the Rimpa school created by far the most gorgeous works in modern Japanese art. Comprising selected Rimpa masterpieces as well as those of Shunso Hishida (1874-1911),...More »

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