MOMAT / Art Museum

Event Calender 2007.4 - 2008.3

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Special Exhibition Gallery (1F)

March 30 - May 27, 2007


The painter Ai-Mitsu (born Nichiro Ishimura, 1907-46) produced distinctive works in the difficult prewar years. He approached the heart of the subject, got to the bottom of realism, transcended it, and reached a unique world of fantasy. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth, this retrospective presents all of his important works that retain their strong appeal to this day.
* Closed on Mondays (except April 2 and 30, 2007)
Traveling to:
The Miyagi Museum of Art: June 9 - July 29, 2007
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum: August 10 - October 8, 2007
Ai-Mitsu Ai-Mitsu
Landscape with an Eye
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

June 19 - August 12, 2007

"De qui s'agit-il ?" Rétrospective de Henri Cartier-Bresson

In his last years Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), a photographer known for his The Decisive Moment, participated in the organization of this retrospective that opened in April 2003 in Paris and traveled various European cities. To provide an overview on his art, it comprises 450 pieces spanning his entire career, including invaluable vintage prints and other important photographs, related materials to be shown publicly for the first time, and the photographer's oils and drawings revealing his interest in paintings.
* Closed on Mondays (except July 16) and July 17, 2007
MOMAT is the only venue in Japan.
Henri Henri Cartier-Bresson
Behind Saint-Lazare train station, Paris
© Henri Cartier-Bresson / Magnum Photos

September 4 - October 21, 2007

Ikuo Hirayama: A Retrospective
Pilgrimage for Peace

Ikuo Hirayama (b. 1930), a leading postwar Japanese-style painter born in Hiroshima Prefecture, repeatedly visited the route along which Buddhism had been introduced into China and Japan, as well as the Silk Road, an ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean, to establish his unique style that may be called "history painting as landscape." This retrospective presents 80 important works spanning Hirayama's 60-year career, including The Transmission of Buddhism that brought the artists into prominence, recent pieces shown at Inten, as well as works related to his great mural in Yakushi-ji's Xuanzang Hall.
* Closed on Mondays (except September 17, 24 and October 8) and September 25, 2007
Traveling to:
Hiroshima Prefectural Art Museum: November 2 - December 24, 2007
Ikuo Hirayama Ikuo Hirayama
The Glorious Imperial Palace of Fujiwara-kyo
T. RAD Co., Ltd.

November 13 - December 24, 2007

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

It was as late as around 1890 when Western sculptural techniques were fully introduced into Japan, a country with the native tradition of sculpture such as Buddhist statues and decorative objects. "Modern sculpture" in Japan started in the 1910s to the 1920s when excellent bronzes were produced by Kotaro Takamura and Morie Ogiwara who empathized with Auguste Rodin, and the traditional art of wood carving experienced renovation. Presenting ninety epoch-making pieces, this exhibition tries to provide a general survey of modern Japanese sculpture from its birth to postwar works produced in the 1960s.
* Closed on Mondays (except December 24, 2007)
Traveling from:
The Miyagi Museum of Art: August 7 - September 17, 2007
Mie Prefectural Art Museum: September 26 - November 4, 2007
Morie Ogiwara Morie Ogiwara
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

January 18 - March 9, 2008

Self / Other

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 works from the collections of the national museums that explore new relationships between "the self" and "the other," by reviewing each of the acts of seeing, recognizing, and questioning the subject of such acts.
* Closed on Mondays (except February 11) and February 12, 2008
MOMAT is the only venue.
Kimsooja Kimsooja
A Needle Woman 1999-2001 Mexico City, Cairo, Lagos, London (Detail)
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
© the artist

March 29 - May 18, 2008

Kaii Higashiyama: A Retrospective

A highly praised postwar Japanese-style painter who became widely popular among the public, Kaii Higashiyama (1908-1999) is known for his landscapes conveying deep expression of the painter's inner world. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, this retrospective tries to capture the essence of Higashiyama's art by presenting 100 important works, ranging from early pieces such as Afterglow and Road, to later works including the screen paintings for Toshodaiji Temple, Sound of Waves and Balmy Wind in Yangchou.
* Gallery 4 will be used as a part of this exhibition.
Traveling to:
The Nagano Prefectural Shinano Art Museum / Higashiyama Kaii Gallery: July 12 - August 31, 2008
Kaii Higashiyama Kaii Higashiyama
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Gallery 4 (2F)

* Admission is included in the ticket for the Collection exhibition

March 10 - May 27, 2007

Fiction for the Real

This show presents works selected primarily from the collections of the National Museums in Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka by contemporary female artists who dart a penetrating look at the present age. Their works will talk to the viewer sometimes calmly, sometimes eloquently as if they are making ripples in the depths of our emotions.
Artists: Leiko Ikemura, Sophie Calle, Miwa Yanagi, Chiharu Shiota
* Primarily from the collection of three National Museums of Art
* Closed on Mondays (except March 26, April 2 and 30, 2007)
Leiko Ikemura Leiko Ikemura
Reclining Girl

June 19 - August 12, 2007

Henri Michaux / Emerging Figures

Henri Michaux (1899-1984) was a painter and poet who occupied a unique position in 20th-century art and was a constant inspiration to many artists. Always filled with flowing movements and energy streams, his works somehow conjure up countless human figures. This show presents about sixty important pieces spanning his entire career to trace the development of his art.
* Closed on Mondays (except July 16) and July 17, 2007
Henri Michaux Henri Michaux

August 18 - October 21, 2007

The Sense of Collapse

Images of collapse—from nostalgic remains of ancient Rome and catastrophes brought by wars or natural disasters, to human and nonhuman figures decaying as time elapses—have been a constant undercurrent in 20th-century art, accompanied by images of ruin—the result of collapse. This show attempts to examine the diverse meanings of those images against the three phases of time, namely the past, the present and the future.
* From the Museum Collection
* Closed on Mondays (except September 17, 24 and October 8) and September 25, 2007
Paul Klee Paul Klee
Destruction and Hope

October 27 - December 24, 2007

Skies and Stars: Celestial Images

Artists express their feelings about stars and skies in various ways—showing their longing for distant worlds, or exploring how they can give shape to shapeless and weightless skies and starry light. This exhibition presents paintings, photographs and objects showing celestial images, ranging from Shoji Sekine's Three Stars dating from the 1910s, to contemporary pieces.
* From the Museum Collection
* Closed on Mondays (except December 24, 2007)
Kikuji Kawada Kikuji Kawada
The Last Eclipse of Venus in Japan 1989 Tokyo from "The Last Cosmology"

January 2 - March 20, 2008

Yasuo Kuniyoshi: Centering on Deposited Works

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, mainly from the works deposited in our museum after the 2004 retrospective as well as our collection, including his early humorous pieces and woman images suggesting anxiety in time of war.
* Mainly from the works deposited to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
* Closed on Mondays (except January 14 and February 11), January 15 and February 12, 2008
Yasuo Kuniyoshi Yasuo Kuniyoshi
Somebody Tore My Poster
Deposited to The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Museum Collection Gallery (4F-2F)

Modern Japanese Art from the Museum Collection

The permanent exhibition at the collection galleries on the fourth to second floors of the main building aims to provide a historical overview on modern Japanese art from the beginning of the 20th century to today. It presents 180 to 250 pieces selected from our museum's collection of 9,500 works including some overseas works, arranged into some chapters according to production dates. Many of the exhibits are changed five times a year. In addition, a small thematic show is given in each exhibition period to shed new light on the collection from various angles.

Exhibition periods and "Topic in Focus"(4F)

March 10-May 27, 2007
The Lonely Crowd: Human Images from the 1920s to the 1940s
* Closed on Mondays (except March 26, April 2 and 30, 2007)

June 5-August 12, 2007
Ryusei Kishida and His Daughter Reiko: from the related archive
* Closed on Mondays (except July 16) and July 17, 2007

August 18-October 21, 2007
Modern City TOKYO
* Closed on Mondays (except September 17, 24 and October 8) and September 25, 2007

October 27-December 24, 2007
Ryuzaburo Umehara
* Closed on Mondays (except December 24, 2007)

January 2-March 20, 2008
Pointillism in Japan, 1868-1926
* Closed on Mondays (except January 14 and February 11), January 15 and February 12, 2008

March 29-May 18, 2008
Tetsugoro Yorozu
* Closed on Mondays (except March 31, April 28 and May 5) and May 7, 2008

Ryoka Kawakami Ryusei Kishida Kotaro Takamura
Ryoka Kawakami
Ryusei Kishida
Reiko, Five Years Old
Kotaro Takamura
c. 1918

* The above three works are not always shown at the gallery
* Museum closed between the shows for preparation

Enjoy a Mini Guided Tour in the Museum Collection Gallery

* All programs are offered without any additional charge to all the visitors
* No reservation required
* Offered in Japanese only

• Mini Gallery Tour Guided by MOMAT Staff Members
A MOMAT volunteer staff member accompanies and guides you around the Museum Collection Gallery, and helps you better understand some of the exhibits.
* For about one hour from 14:00 everyday during exhibition periods

• Highlight Tour Guided by MOMAT Staff Members
A MOMAT volunteer staff member helps you have a general view on modern Japanese art.
* From 11:00 on the first Sunday of every month (free-admission day)

• Curator's Talk: Mini lectures by our curators focusing on selected topics ♦
* One or two times a month, 18:00-19:00 on Fridays, 11:00-12:00 on Saturdays or Sundays

• Artist's Talk: Artists speak about their own works in the Museum collection ♦
* Once during each exhibition period (five times a year), 18:30-19:30 on Fridays

♦ Check out our website for schedules and topics (in japanese)