Past Exhibitions

  • December 6, 2016 - February 12, 2017

endless: The Paintings of Yamada Masaaki


“I have to keep working; I’ve entered into a contract with painting.”

 Unifying his life with the act of painting, Yamada Masaaki distanced himself from artistic trends and kept on painting in solitude until his death. endless: The Paintings of Yamada Masaaki is the first major retrospective of the painter known for his stripe motifs, presenting not only over 200 works including all of his important works but also his autograph notes on production that are publicly shown for the first time.



♦Six years after the painter’s death, this is the long-awaited, first major retrospective of Yamada Masaaki. Presenting 200 oils and 30 works on paper, it is one of his largest solo shows to date. In addition, over 50 autograph notebooks on production are shown for the first time. Including his sketches, the notebooks are attractive themselves.

♦Yamada’s oeuvre comprises 5,000 works. Each of them shows unique expression, telling of 5,000 discoveries made through 5,000 struggles.

♦In our time, when diverse information overflows everywhere and senses of values drift around, Yamada’s art seems to show the richness of single-mindedness.

♦Yamada is now gaining international attention as an artist whose work presents a new viewpoint on postwar Japanese art. For instance, the Frieze Masters Art Fair in London included his solo show in October 2016.

♦The exhibition spaces feature state-of-the-art LEDs to allow visitors to fully appreciate the beauty of colors on which the painter kept focusing. The galleries include a space where visitors can experience the atmosphere of the painter’s studio through the real things that Yamada used to paint (photography allowed).


《Work C.73》1960, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

《Work C.77》1960, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery (ground floor)
December 6, 2016 - February 12, 2017
10:00-17:00 (Friday is 10:00-20:00)
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing
Closed on Mondays (except January 2 and 9, 2017); December 28, 2016–January 1, 2017; and January 10, 2017
Day ticket (Group of 20 persons or more)
Adults: ¥1,000 (800)
College / University students: ¥500 (400)
* All prices include tax.
* High school age and under 18 are free of charge.
* Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
* Including the admission fee for "Ei-Q 1935–1937: Seeking the “Real” in the Dark" and MOMAT Collection.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
With the cooperation of:
Estate of Yamada Masaaki

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