Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

Playback Artist Talks



Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery

About the Exhibition

Since 2005, our museum has given Artist Talk sessions where the artist talks about his/her work in front of the piece displayed in our collection exhibition. The event has been held thirty times thus far. Having been intended as an approachable introduction to contemporary art, the sessions have provided artists with chances to explain in plain language their careers and their focus then, offering valuable opportunities for us to deepen our understanding. In the long run, the videos of their talks will become witness of art history.

Focusing on painting from among various genres, this exhibition presents excerpts from the videos of the artists’ talks along with relevant works of art from our collection. All the painters in the videos began their careers from the late 1970s to the 1980s, a difficult period after radical movements, such as Minimalism and conceptual art, severely questioned conventionalities in art. In a situation where artistic vehicles were cut down to minimum and artists had to fundamentally redefine the acts of seeing and making, how did they recover the rich possibility of painting? The achievements in their exploration will be felt in their talks and works.

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery




10:00-17:00 (Friday is 10:00-20:00)
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing


*Closed on Mondays (except July 15) and July 16, 2013


Adults: ¥650 (450)
College and university students: ¥350 (200)

*All prices include tax.
*Including the admission fee for Unconsciousness of the City and Permanent Collection.
*Prices in parentheses are for groups of more than 20 persons.
*Free for high school students and under 18.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Organized by

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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