Past Exhibition Special Exhibition

Takamatsu Jiro: Mysteries



Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery

About the Exhibition

What kind of person was Takamatsu Jiro (1936-1998)? In his works, he made use of tangled string, played around with light and shadow, created tables and chairs with strange perspectives, incorporated sagging fabric, took photographs of other photographs, and made paintings that combined the simple and complex. This winter at MOMAT we shed light on the mysteries of this figure who raced cooly through the contemporary art world from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Depending on the period, the appearance and materials used in Takamatsu’s works varied greatly. This is what made him slightly difficult to understand. But a close look at his diverse works reveals that several recurring forms and ideas. In other words, hidden in the background, there are consistent threads.

In this exhibition, made up of some 50 art objects, sculptures, and paintings, and approximately 150 related drawings, we introduce the work of Takamatsu Jiro, who in recent years has received an increasing amount of international acclaim. Savor the sense of excitement as you solve the mysteries contained in Takamatsu’s works and revisit the artist’s vast philosophical world.

Exhibition design: TORAFU ARCHITECTS
Graphic design: Kikuchi Atsuki

About the Sections

1. “Point” – The Unsolved Mystery: 1960-1963

2.The Target Never Comes into View: 1964-1970s

3.They Weren’t “Paintings”: 1970s-1998

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 January 12, 2015), December 28, 2014 – January 1 and 13, 2015


Adults: ¥900 (600)
College and university students: ¥500 (250)

*All prices include tax.
*Including the admission fee for Narahara Ikko: Domains and MOMAT 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.


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences


ENDO Lighting Corporation
The Estate of Jiro Takamatsu


3 minutes walk from 1b exit, Takebashi station, Subway Tozai Line (T-08)

Address: 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322

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