Past Exhibition Special Exhibition from the Museum Collection

Lying, Standing and Leaning



Art Museum Gallery 4

About the Exhibition

When we look at a painting showing a human figure, we immediately suppose space surrounding the figure ― above and under, left and right. Based on our normal perception ― with the head at the top and the feet on the ground ― we invent in a moment the three-dimensional space where the figure is placed.
But a painting is in fact a flat surface. If a piece makes visible, at the same time, both the space supposed to surround the figure and the surface of the painting that is actually a flat plane, it will give an impression as if our senses are twisted strangely.
Yorozu Tetsugoro (1885-1927) produced several pieces highlighting the discord between the space with a figure and the flatness of the painting, including Nude Beauty, an important cultural property. With Yorozu’s works as a clue, this show presents 19 pieces from our collection that undermine in various ways the relationships among the space represented by the painting, the flatness of the canvas, and the physical senses of the viewer.

Exhibition Catalogue

About the Exhibition


Art Museum Gallery 4




Closed on Mondays (except July 20, August 17, 24, September 21) and July 21, 2009


Adults ¥420 (210)
College and university students ¥130 (70)

*Including the admission fee for Permanent Collection.
*The price in brackets is for the group of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*Free for high school students, under 18, seniors(65 and over), Campus Members, MOMAT passport holder.
*Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Free Admission Days (Collection Gallery and Gallery 4 only)

Free on July 5, August 2 and September 6.

Organized by

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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