Yearly Calendar 2017

2017(April, 2017 – March, 2018)

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

Special Exhibition Gallery

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

The Raku ware tradition has continued uninterrupted since the 16th century, beginning with Chojiro, the first head of the Raku family, to Kichizaemon, the current, 15th head of the family. The isshisoden method of transmitting the secrets of an art from father to only one son was adopted as a way of embodying the ideas of Sen no Rikyu’s wabi-cha tea ceremony. While witnessing many temporal changes, this fascinating approach, which strikes us as quite odd today, has been maintained without any slackening. Today, some 450 years and 15 generations later, the entire body of Raku ware has even more to convey to contemporary viewers. In a sense, the works seem to be the product of a single artist. Along with pieces by the early 17th century artist Hon’ami Koetsu, a close associate of the Raku family, this exhibition surveys the aesthetic world of Raku ware while also touching on Japan’s uniquely spiritual culture.

*Some works will be replaced during the exhibition period.

 

 

The Japanese House : Architecture and Life after 1945

Sou Fujimoto, House NA, 2011 © Iwan Baan

July 19 – October 29, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except September 18 and October 9); September 19 and October 10

This exhibition will be a bold attempt to offer an opportunity to experience 76 houses by 57 groups of Japanese architects through more than 400 materials including models, plans, photographs and videos. It will be structured thematically rather than chronologically to facilitate a deeper understanding of characteristics of Japanese houses. The show will include a large model that will help imagine house interiors usually inaccessible. The architects will include Aoki Jun, Atelier Bow-Wow, Ando Tadao, Ishiyama Osamu, Ito Toyoo, Inui Kumiko, Oka Keisuke, Kikutake Kiyonori, Kuma Kengo, Sakamoto Kazunari, Shinohara Kazuo, Shirai Seiichi, Sejima Kazuyo, Tange Kenzo, Nishizawa Ryue, Hasegawa Itsuko, Hasegawa Go, Fujii Hiromi, Fujimoto Sosuke, Fujimori Terunobu, Yamamoto Riken, Yoshizaka Takamasa, Yoshimura Junzo and Antonin Raymond. Our museum will be the only venue in Japan for the show designed to travel Rome, London and Tokyo.

 

 

Kumagai Morikazu : A Retrospective(tentative title)

Kumagai Morikazu, Tiger Lilies and a Swallowtail
(1959, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

December 1, 2017 – March 21, 2018
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 8 and February 12, 2018); December 28, 2017–January 1, 2018; January 9 and February 13, 2018

Known for his long beard and unique work clothes, Kumagai Morikazu (1880–1977)scarcely left his garden in his last years, devoting himself to painting tiny things such as cats, frogs, ants and raindrops. Because of his works showing his affection for little things and his unworldly words and deeds, the painter was dubbed “Hermit.” Such image of his personality, however, masks his tragic life and his keen powers of observation comparable to that of scientists. Commemorating the fortieth anniversary of his death, the first major retrospective of the painter in Tokyo in many years will present 200 works to fully illustrate Kumagai’s life and art.

 

 

Gallery 4

Marcel Breuer's Furniture: Improvement for good

Marcel Breuer,Club chair B3
(1927-28, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo)

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.

 

 

Producing / Discussing / Looking at / Hearing, Sculptures Primarily from the Museum Collection

May 27 – November 5, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 17, September 18 and October 9); July 18, September 19 and October 10

 

 

Refugees(tentative title) Primarily from the Museum Collection

November 14, 2017 – March 21, 2018
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 8 and February 12, 2018); December 28, 2017–January 1, 2018; January 9 and February 13, 2018

 

 

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 13,000 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.

 

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

 

■May 27 – November 5, 2017
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 17, September 18 and October 9); July 18, September 19 and October 10

 

■November 14, 2017 – May 27, 2018
*Closed on: Mondays (except January 8, February 12, March 26, April 2 and 30, 2018); December 28, 2017–January 1, 2018; January 9 and February 13, 2018

 

 

*Museum closed between the shows for preparation.

 

 

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