Now on View Special Exhibition

Trio: Modern Art Collections from Paris, Tokyo and Osaka
Exhibition organized with the collaboration of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris Musées



Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)

Paris, Tokyo, and Osaka: collections from three museums in these cities, each of which has nurtured its own unique culture, will come together. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris on the banks of the Seine River, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo near the Imperial Palace, and the Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka in the center of Osaka City, have all built rich collections of modern art as museums in major cities. This exhibition is an unprecedented and unique experiment in which works from the collections of the three museums that have something in common are selected to form a number of trios. The commonalities among the works included in each of the freely conceived trios are various, including subject matters, motifs, colors and shapes, materials, and the context in which the works were created, regardless of the era, school, or Eastern/Western backgrounds. The exhibition consists of 34 trios of more than 150 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, designs, and videos by 110 artists, presented in seven chapters according to themes and concepts to propose a new way of viewing modern art from the early 20th century to the present day and to highlight its appeal.

Yorozu Tetsugoro’s Nude Beauty will be replaced by his Nude, Resting Her Chin on Her Hand from July 23 until August 8 for the protection of the former.

Click here for information on Yorozu Tetsugoro’s Nude, Resting Her Chin on Her Hand.


The Power of Models

Here, models are reclining and adopting bold poses as the mood takes them. The image of reclining women has been a constant in the history of Western painting. In such poses, women were manifestations of ideal beauty but they were also frequently depicted as vulnerable women who are the object of the male gaze. However, Amedeo Modigliani’s nude, in which the subject is staring provocatively at the viewer, Yorozu’s reclining nude beauty who stares at the viewer with scorn, and Henri Matisse’s odalisque, the subject of which seems to be completely unaware that she is being observed, all repel the viewer’s gaze and are imbued with a sense of empowerment, with each woman proud of her beauty.

The Imaginary Garden

Plants cover the entire canvas in each of these works, and in fact all three artists share a deep connection with plants. Raoul Dufy, who lived near a botanical garden, created countless textile designs featuring plant and animal motifs, Tsuji Hisashi, influenced by a father who loved plants, at one stage wanted to become a botanist, and André Bauchant, before becoming an artist, ran a horticultural business before teaching himself to paint. The artists positioned their depictions of favored flowers, fruit, and animals on the canvas in an almost rhythmical fashion as they allowed their imaginations to take full flight, creating a world that can be described as an imaginary garden that only exists in the work. These decorative paintings, filled with flowers and grasses, are imbued with something akin to mysticism, and we can almost smell the flowers and fruit.

Between Reality and Unreality

There is a common thread between this trio of works, in that each artist has referenced a painting from the past, incorporating, into the work, what can be described as a clone of the artist, resulting in a space which lies between reality and unreality. Victor Brauner had moved to 2 bis Rue Perrel, where Henri Rousseau had once lived, and this inspired him to have his Conglomeros (a being with a giant head, two bodies, and six arms) appear in Rousseau’s work The Snake Charmer (1907, Musée d’Orsay, Paris). Meanwhile, René Magritte’s work often features a man in a top hat, and in this work he has superimposed, on top of this image, the flower goddess Flora from Botticelli’s Primavera (c. 1482, Uffizi Gallery, Florence). In the work by Arimoto Toshio, drawn to the early Renaissance frescoes painted by artists such as Piero della Francesca, a classical female figure which is portrayed in numerous works is seated in the center of the painting; although unrealistic it conveys a sense of nostalgia.


Amano Ryuichi
Karel Appel
Arimoto Toshio
Arman (Armand Fernandez, dit)
Jean Arp (Hans Arp)
Jean-Michel Basquiat
André Bauchant
Maria Blanchard
Umberto Boccioni
Pierre Bonnard
Constantin Brancusi
Brassaï (Gyula Halász, dit)
Victor Brauner
Alexander Calder
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Marc Chagall
Salvador Dali
Henry Darger
Giorgio De Chirico
Félix Del Marle
Robert Delaunay
Sonia Delaunay
Julien Discrit
Dodo Shunji
Robert Doisneau
Raymond Duchamp-Villon
François Dufrêne
Raoul Dufy
Jean Fautrier
Foujita Tsuguharu (Léonard Foujita)
Fujishima Takeji
Pablo Gargallo
Hara Katsushiro
Hasekawa Toshiyuki
Hatakeyama Naoya
Hayakawa Yoshio
Idemitsu Mako

Ikeda Yoson
Ikemura Leiko
Ishiuchi Miyako
Kanno Seiko
Kawai Shinzo
Kawakami Ryoka
Kawasaki Kametaro
Kikuhata Mokuma
Kishida Ryusei
Kitadai Syozo
Kitano Tsunetomi
Kitawaki Noboru
Paul Klee
Yves Klein
Koga Harue
Koide Narashige
Koizumi Kishio
Kuramata Shiro
Kusama Yayoi
Marie Laurencin
Fernand Léger
El Lissitzky
Maeda Toshiro
René Magritte
Albert Marquet
Maruki Toshi (Akamatsu Toshiko)
Henri Matisse
Matsumoto Shunsuke
Fausto Melotti
Jean Metzinger
Henri Michaux
Migishi Kotaro
Amedeo Modigliani
Momose Aya
Morimura Yasumasa
Jean-Luc Moulène
Murayama Tomoyoshi

Nakanishi Natsuyuki
Nara Yoshitomo
Narahara Ikko
Ogura Yuki
Okamoto Koen
Okamoto Taro
Onchi Koshiro
Pablo Picasso
Serge Poliakoff
Marc Riboud
Germaine Richier
Mark Rothko
Saeki Yuzo
Sahoyama Gyoukai
Sato Masaharu
Shiomi Mieko
Chaïm Soutine
Sugai Kumi
Sugiura Hisui
Takanashi Yutaka
Tanaka Atsuko
Toeko Tatsuno
Togo Seiji
Tomatsu Shomei
Tomii Motohiro
Tomiyama Haruo
Tsuda Yoho
Tsuji Hisashi
Maurice Utrillo
Suzanne Valadon
Xavier Veilhan
Sabine Weiss (Sabine Weber, dite)
Yanagihara Yoshitatsu
Yasui Sotaro
Yorozu Tetsugoro
Yoshihara Jiro

About the Museums

Musée d’Art Moderne de de Paris

Located between the Champs-Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, the palace that houses the Musée d’Art Moderne de de Paris is a magnificent example of 1930s architecture. It is unquestionably one of the key institutions of Parisian cultural life. The Museum’s collection of more than 15,000 works makes it one of the biggest museums of modern and contemporary art in France.

photo: Fabrice Gaboriau

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is Japan’s first national art museum and is located across the Imperial Palace. The museum is home to one of Japan’s largest art collections, countless masterpieces dating from the end of the 19th century to the present day by both Japanese and foreign artists.

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka opened on February 2, 2022 in the Nakanoshima district of central Osaka. It has a collection of over 6,000 works, focusing on superb works of art and design from Japan and around the world created between the mid-nineteenth century and the present, together with additional examples of the richness of art produced in Osaka.

Hours & Admissions


Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)


May 21–August 25, 2024


Mondays (except July 15 and August 12), July 16, August 13


10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays open until 8:00 p.m.)

  • Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.

Adults ¥2,200 (¥2,000)
College/University students ¥1,200 (¥1,000)
High School students ¥700 (¥500)

  • All prices include tax.
  • Admission in the parentheses is for advance tickets and groups of 20 persons or more.
  • Admission is free for Junior High School students, under 15, and those with Disability Certificates and one caregiver accompanying each of them. Please present ID at the entrance.
  • Including the admission fee for MOMAT Collection and New Acquisition & Special Display: Germaine Richier, The Ant (International Works).

Same-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters from May 21, while online tickets can be purchased at e-tix online ticket service.

Advance tickets are on sale from March 25 to May 20 at e-tix online ticket service.

Organized by

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka, Nikkei Inc., TV TOKYO Corporation, BS TV TOKYO Corporation

With the collaboration of

Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris Musées

With the sponsorship of


With the cooperation of


Exhibition Tours

Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Osaka September 14–December 8, 2024


We do our best to make it possible for all visitors to enjoy the artwork at their leisure.

  • Available : 'Information at the reception desk' Information at the reception desk
  • Available : 'Loan wheelchairs and baby carriages' Loan wheelchairs and baby carriages
  • Available : 'Writing tablets' Writing tablets
  • Available : 'Photography in the galleries (use of flash is not allowed)However, photography may not be allowed for some exhibitions and artworks.' Photography in the galleries (use of flash is not allowed)However, photography may not be allowed for some exhibitions and artworks.
  • Available : 'Service dogs are allowed.' Service dogs are allowed.
  • Available : 'Coin lockers' Coin lockers
  • Available : 'Parking (exclusively for visitors with reduced mobility)' Parking (exclusively for visitors with reduced mobility)
  • Available : 'There are numerous seating areas inside the museum building.' There are numerous seating areas inside the museum building.
  • Available : 'Multi-purpose toilet' Multi-purpose toilet
  • Available : 'First-aid station' First-aid station
  • Available : 'Nursing room' Nursing room
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