[Image: Koji Nakazono "Post Human" (2007)]

MOT Collection: Walking, Traveling, Moving - From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present: Eye to Eye

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Until Jul 7


Takeshiro Kanokogi, Olafur Eliasson, Shinpei Kusanagi, Takayuki Mitsushima, Wataridori Keikaku, Yoshio Fujimaki, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Hiroshi Nakamura, Koji Nakazono, Minami Tada, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Taiji Matsue, Maya Watanabe, Gerhard Richter, Andy Warhol, Yoshitomo Nara, Anthony Caro et al.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo houses approximately 5,700 artworks in its extensive collection, which spans the modern and contemporary periods with a focus on the art of the postwar years. Each “MOT Collection” exhibition introduces artworks in the collection from a different angle, to demonstrate the diverse appeal of contemporary art.

The first-floor section of this exhibition, “Walking, Traveling, Moving: From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present,” comprises a variety of works, from sketches drawn by Takeshiro Kanokogi on a visit to Tokyo immediately after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake to document the devastated city, to works by Olafur Eliasson produced for his solo exhibition at MOT in 2020, when restrictions on ”moving” were in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yoshio Fujimaki’s masterpiece "Scenes from the Sumidagawa River" (1934) will also be on display, along with newly acquired works by Shinpei Kusanagi, Takayuki Mitsushima, and Wataridori Keikaku created for the “MOT Satellite” exhibitions. We hope that by tracing the footsteps of artists from different eras and countries, the works shown here will serve to enhance our perspective on the world, and the society in which we live.

The third floor, under the title “Eye to Eye,” focuses on different types of gaze, presenting the “painted gaze” in the works of artists including Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Hiroshi Nakamura, and Koji Nakazono, and “involving gaze” in, for example, the sculptures and reliefs of Minami Tada and Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian using reflective materials. This section also covers a plethora of techniques, with a special emphasis on looking and seeing, including the “camera eye” of Taiji Matsue capturing the workings of cities and nature around the world; and the “critical gaze” directed at minute landscape details by the video works of Maya Watanabe.

*This exhibition is a continuation of the previous term, with some of the exhibits replaced.
*Please be informed that the contents of the exhibit may be subject to change.


Now in session

Apr 6 (Sat) 2024-Jul 7 (Sun) 2024 45 days left

Opening Hours Information

April 29th and May 6th: Open
April 30th and May 7th: Closed
FeeAdults ¥500; University Students ¥400; High School Students and Seniors 65 & Over ¥250; Junior Hight School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 2 Companions free.
VenueMuseum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Location4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0022
Access9 minute walk from exit B2 at Kiyosumi-shirakawa Station on the Hanzomon line, 14 minute walk from exit 3 at Kiba Station on the Tozai line.
Phone050-5541-8600 (Hello Dial)
Related images

Click on the image to enlarge it


View All

No comments yet