Now on View Special Exhibition from the Museum Collection

New Acquisition & Special Display Germaine Richier,The Ant (International Works)



Gallery 4 (2nd floor)


It is with great pleasure that we exhibit The Ant ( 1953), by the French sculptor Germaine Richier, for the first time. Richier (1902–1959) was a pioneering female sculptor in the post-World War II era, and critical reappraisal of her work has been rapidly progressing in recent years.
Richier studied under Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, who had been an assistant of Auguste Rodin, and while she can be considered a legitimate modern inheritor of classical sculpture techniques, she also drew acclaim for an original style that organically fused the human figure with imagery from the natural world, such as animals and plants. Unfortunately, she was stricken by illness at the height of her career.
The exhibit in the previous term was organized around Richier’s The Ant, focusing on contemporaneous or thematically related works by Japanese artists. This term we shift the focus abroad while retaining The Ant as a focal point, presenting works from our collection by French, Italian, American, and other overseas artists. We invite you to enjoy the richness of Richier’s sculptural expression, and its range of interpersonal and artistic connections extending in multiple directions. 

Germaine Richier, The Ant, 1953
Photography by Otani Ichiro

Hours & Admissions


Art Museum Gallery 4


April 16—August 25, 2024


Mondays (except April 29, May 6, July 15 and August 12) , April 30, May 7, 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 ¥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 holders.
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Evening Discount (From 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays)
Adults ¥300
College and university students ¥150

Free Admission Day

May 18(International Museum Day)

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The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


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

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