Past Exhibitions

  • May 27 - November 5 , 2017

Producing / Discussing / Looking at / Hearing, Sculptures

Primarily from the Museum Collection

 Since 2005, at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, we have held a series of Artist Talks in which currently active artists speak, in front of their own works shown in exhibitions from the museum’s collection. This series was originally launched in hopes of offering a friendly introduction to contemporary art that deepens viewers’ understanding of the works, but now that 30 talks have been video-recorded, it can also be viewed as a historical record of what the artists were thinking at the time.

  The talks presented thus far have dealt with works in various fields, but in the current exhibition we focus on sculpture, showing digest versions of videos of the talks alongside works from the museum’s collection. The three sculptors appearing, Kurokawa Hirotake, Sumi Wakiro, and Toya Shigeo, have all been showing since the 1970s, and have all fundamentally reexamined what it means to make things and pursued new possibilities in sculptural expression. We hope that these talks and works, presented together, will provide a newfound appreciation of the issues the artists have addressed and the outcomes of their endeavors.

Kurokawa Hirotake (1952- )



Kurokawa Hirotake, Golem No.8, 1984-85

Sumi Wakiro (1950- )

Sumi Wakiro, Dance-4, 2001 Photo: Otani Ichiro

Toya Shigeo (1947- )

Toya Shigeo, Death of Woods, 1989 Photo: Kikuyama Yoshihiro

Gallery 4 (2nd floor)

May 27 - November 5 , 2017

10:00-17:00 (10:00 - 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
MOMAT Collection and Gallery 4 open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays during The Japanese House : Architecture and Life after 1945 (July 19-October 29)
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Free on June 4, July 2, August 6, September 3, October 1, November 3, November 5, 2017
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