Yearly Calendar 2016

2016(April, 2016 – March, 2017)

Talks & Tours in the Museum Collection Gallery
Schedule may be changed without notice.

Special Exhibition Gallery

Yasuda Yukihiko: A Retrospective

March 23 – May 15, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except March 28, April 4 and May 2, 2016)

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One of the painters in the last generation that studied directly under scholar Okakura Kakuzo (Tenshin), Yasuda Yukihiko (1884–1978) played a central role in the Japan Art Institute. Yasuda spent his life sublimating his deep interest in historical figures into solid forms. This exhibition presents 108 important pieces including Camp at Kisegawa, Wang Zhaojun and Princess Nukada in Asuka in Spring to introduce his fruitful career spanning 80 years.

*Some works will be replaced during the exhibition period.

 

The Voice Between : The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo

June 7–August 7, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 18); and July 19

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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 (Dear Monster, 2012–2016), a long poem that the poet began to write after the Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibits include videos, multiply exposed photographs and objets using sheet copper. It is planned to present an installation created by Ameya Norimizu based on Yoshimasu’s voice, and collaborative performances.

 

Thomas Ruff

August 30–November 13, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except September 19 and October 10); September 20 and October 11

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Thomas Ruff (b. 1958) is one of the leading photographers in contemporary Germany. This is his first retrospective in Japan. Ruff attracted attention as a pioneer in large color photography in the late 1980s. In addition to the images he shot himself, he has used diverse materials, ranging from digital images distributed in the Internet to the old photographs that he collects, in his exploration into new possibilities of photographic expression. This show offers a full view of his unique photography world.

 

endless: The Paintings of Yamada Masaaki

December 6, 2016–February 12, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017); December 28, 2016–January 1, 2017; and January 10, 2017

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For more than half a century from early postwar days, Yamada Masaaki (1929–2010) painted nearly 5,000 paintings and made a unique mark on the postwar history of modern Japanese art. Presenting all of his important works and his massive notes on production, this retrospective offers a full view of his work from today’s perspective, in an attempt to explore from various angles the intricate charm of Yamada’s paintings that seem to mingle intellect and excessiveness in a complicated manner.

 

THE COSMOS IN A TEA BOWL:TRANSMITTING A SECRET ART ACROSS GENERATIONS OF THE RAKU FAMILY

March 14–May 21, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 20, 27, April 3 and May 1, 2017); and March 21, 2017

For the 450 years from founder Chojiro until Kichizaemon XV, the Raku family has nurtured unique beauty following the aesthetic principle of tea master Sen no Rikyu who advocated a simple, austere, frugal tea ceremony. On the unusual principle called isshi soden (transmission of the art from father to only one son), the family has created art that, while showing developments in tastes of the times and spirituality from generation to generation, has more to tell us today as an integrated world.

Gallery 4

Forms of The Wild

March 8–May 15, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2); and March 22

As part of MOMAT Collection, this show presents three-dimensional works that are deeply related to nature in both materials and themes, including pieces by Nakagawa Yoshinobu, Wakabayashi Isamu and Wolfgang Laib.

 

Modern Landscape: For the Pleasure of People and Scenery Nara Yoshitomo Curates the MOMAT Collection

May 24–November 13, 2016 (closed August 8–15)
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 18, September 19 and October 10); July 19; August 8–15; September 20 and October 11

An artist known for his works showing children with apparently accusatory eyes, Nara Yoshitomo (b. 1959) selects his favorites from the museum collection. From rarely shown works to familiar masterpieces that appear to be somehow different from usual, let’s discover new charm in the works through the eyes of the artist!

 

Ei-Q 1935–1937: Seeking the “Real” in the Dark

November 22, 2016 –February 12, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017); December 28, 2016–January 1, 2017; and January 10, 2017

After making strong debut with his collection of photograms Nemuri no Riyu (lit. the reason of sleep) in 1936, Ei-Q (real name: Sugita Hideo, 1911–1960) searched for his original image freely using various techniques. The museum recently acquired his works and materials formerly owned by painter Yamada Koshun who was a friend of Ei-Q and wrote a critical biography of the artist. Presenting fifty works and letters that have never been shown, this exhibition illustrates how Ei-Q struggled to discover the “real” in his early career.

 

Marcel Breuer's Furniture: Improvement for good

March 3–May 7, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 20, 27, April 3 and May 1, 2017); and March 21, 2017

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Club chair B3 is often referred to when talking about modern design. Designed by furniture designer and architect Marcel Breuer (1902–1981) at the tender age of twenty-three, this chair is highly acclaimed as the first home furniture that used tubular steel. This exhibition focuses on the charm of Breuer’s furniture design that has fascinated even Japanese.

 

Collection Gallery

MOMAT Collection

One of the largest collection exhibitions in Japan, MOMAT Collection presents in each period 200 works selected from our collection of more than 12,500 items including Japanese- and Western-style paintings, sculptures, prints, watercolors, drawings, photographs and videos. Many of the exhibits are replaced after every exhibition period. With a variety of cutting-edge displays, you are bound to encounter something new every time you visit the museum. There are spacious places for relaxation including A Room With a View overlooking the Imperial Palace and areas near Tokyo Station.

 

March 8–May 15, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2); and March 22

Special Feature
Spring in Full Bloom: A Nihon-ga Festival (Rooms 1, 2 and 10)

 

■May 24–August 7, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 18); and July 19

 

■August 16–November 13, 2016
*Closed on: Mondays (except September 19 and October 10); September 20 and October 11

 

■November 22, 2016–February 12, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017); December 28, 2016–January 1, 2017; and January 10, 2017

 

■February 18–May 21, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 20, 27, April 3 and May 1); and March 21, 2017

 

*Museum closed between the shows for preparation.

 

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