Past Exhibition Special Exhibition from the Museum Collection

Secrets of Restoration



Art Museum Gallery 4


Yasui Sotaro, Portrait of Chin-Jung, 1934
Left image before restoration, right image after restoration

Here we present works from the museum’s collection through the lens of restoration. In the 70 years since the museum first opened, we have worked with numerous conservators to properly conserve the works in our collection. As the word “restoration” suggests, it is a set of techniques intended to restore works of art as closely as possible to their original state and maintain them in good condition for many years to come. Observing at close range the conservators who carry out this work, one is amazed not only at their skill in handling and retouching delicate works of art, but also at their ability to observe and carefully ponder the works without even touching them. The work of a conservator, who communicates with voiceless works of art and reveals the characteristics of their techniques and materials, often points the way to the concepts and expression that underlie artists’ works.

We hope that through the works on view here, you will be able to vicariously experience the extraordinary skills, sharp eyes, and keen minds of conservators who continually seek access to the hearts of works of art after the artists are gone, and to engage with the secrets they unlock.

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Gallery 4


March 17–May 14, 2023


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

  • Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.

Mondays (except March 27, May 1 and 8)


Advance ticket is recommended to avoid lines forming at the entrance.
Online purchase: 【e-tix】
Tickets can be purchased on site at the ticket counters, subject to their availability.
The ticket admits you also to Secrets of Restoration.


Adults ¥500 (400)
College and university students ¥250 (200)

  • 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.
  • Show your Membership Card of the MOMAT Supporters or the MOMAT Members to get free admission (a MOMAT Members Card admits two persons free).
  • Persons with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.
  • Members of the MOMAT Corporate Partners are admitted free with their staff ID.

Evening Discount (From 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)
Adults ¥300
College and university students ¥150


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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