Yearly Calendar 2015

2015(April, 2015 – March, 2016)

Talks & Tours in the Museum Collection Gallery
Schedule may be changed without notice.

Special Exhibition Gallery

Kataoka Tamako: The 110th Anniversary of Her Birth

April 7 – May 17, 2015
*Closed on Mondays except May 4, 2015

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Starting to work by seriously observing subjects, Japanese-style painter Kataoka Tamako (1905–2008) brought them near to her own sense of form creation, and used striking colors, bold deformation and forceful strokes to paint them, thus occupying a unique position in the postwar Japan Art Institute. This exhibition will present her sixty important paintings including Mountain (Mt.Fuji) (1964) and Ashikaga Takauji from Tsuragamae (countenance) series (1966), and forty materials including sketches.

 

No Museum, No Life?―Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come
From the Collections of the National Museums of Art

June 16 – September 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except July 20) and July 21, 2015

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This will be the second joint exhibition introducing the collections of the five national museums of art, following “Shadows” (The National Art Center, Tokyo, 2010). The show will present a cross-sectional selection of works dating from before Christ to the present around the thirty five keywords from A to Z inspired by art-museum activities. While allowing the visitors to appreciate unexpected combinations of art works, the show will aim to provide an opportunity to think about “art museum” itself.

 

Re: play 1972/2015 ‒ Restaging “Expression in Film '72”

October 6 – December 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except October 12 and November 23), October 13 and November 24, 2015

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 In the 1960s and the 1970s, artists “discovered,” and explored the possibility of film and video as mediums of reconsidering creation and presentation of works. Placing a reconstruction of an important show held at that time in Japan at the core, this exhibition will reexamine an important phase of postwar Japanese art from the viewpoint of “film and video expression.”

 

Onchi Koshiro

January 13 – February 28, 2016
*Closed on Mondays

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Pioneering in abstract ar t in Japan, Onchi Koshiro (1891–1955) accomplished an unprecedented achievement toward modernization of prints from the 1910s to the 1950s. This is the first retrospective of the artist in as long as twenty years. In addition to his woodblock prints including approximately fifty important pieces that flowed abroad in the postwar years, the exhibition will also show his cross-sectional activities including oils and drawings, photographs and book design.

 

Yasuda Yukihiko : A Retrospective

March 23 – May 15, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except March 28, April 4 and May 2, 2016)

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Yasuda Yukihiko (1884–1978) was in the last generation that studied directly under Okakura Kakuzo (Tenshin). The Japanese-style painter took part in the revival of the Japan Art Institute, and kept on creating new images in history paintings based on his solid techniques and high-level education. Presenting 100 important pieces including Camp at Kisegawa (1940–1941) that was designated as an Important Cultural Property in 2011, this exhibition will illustrate the charm of his works.

*Some pieces will be replaced during the exhibition period. 

 

Gallery 4

Osaka Expo ’70 Design Project

March 20 – May 17, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except March 23, 30, April 6 and May 4, 2015)

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Held under the theme of “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” the 1970 Osaka Expo (Japan World Exposition) is remembered as a national event in Japan in the years of spectacular economic growth. In the venue where a sign scheme was used, designers tried out various experiments as if in a future city, including displays using videos and Metabolist architecture. This show will examine the design work for the 1970 Expo.

 

Things: Rethinking Japanese Photography and Art in 1970s Primarily from the Museum Collection

May 26 – September 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except July 20) and July 21, 2015

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 “To rightly position things as things, and myself as myself, in this world. This has to be our expression of our time.” (Nakahira Takuma, Why an Illustrated Botanical Dictionary?, 1973)

In the mid 1970s, “thing” came up as a keyword in Japan’s photography world. Keeping an eye on contemporary art, this show will examine the circumstances surrounding “things” and photography at that time.

 

The Inside and Outside of a Glove (tentative title) Primarily from the Museum Collection

September 19 – December 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except September 21, October 12 and November 23), September 24, October 13 and November 24, 2015

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If you fill the inside of a glove with resin and then take it out, a shape appears in a place where nothing existed. So to speak, emptiness turns to substance. From the 1960s to the 1970s, many artists considered how human beings meet the world with the relationship between emptiness and substance as a clue. Centering on a selection from our collection, this show will present 20 pieces including ones by Okazaki Kazuo (b. 1930).

 

Visit Japan Tourism Promotion in the 1920s and 1930s

January 9 – February 28, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except January 11) and January 12, 2016

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In the first half of the 20th century, development in international sea lanes and railway networks brought overseas travel into the limelight as a new type of entertainment that attracted much interest. For travel campaigns, graphic designers produced posters, pictorial magazines and travel brochures showing scenery and customs of Japan and Asia to invite people to travel. Presenting such materials, this exhibition will look back on the Oriental images created there.

 

Selected Nihon-ga from the Museum Collection

March 8 – May 15, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2) and March 22, 2016

In connection with “Yasuda Yukihiko” held at the special exhibition gallery, this section will introduce our collection of Nihon-ga (Japanese-style Painting). Please check it out before or after enjoying the special exhibition.

 

Collection Gallery

MOMAT Collection

At present, the museum collection consists of more than 12,000 pieces. In this collection exhibition that has reborn after the remodeling in 2012, we select a group of 200 pieces from the collection and display them in the 3,000㎡ gallery space across the three floors of the museum. New special zones have also been created, including the Highlights corner featuring familiar works, the heart-soothing Nihon-ga (Japanese-style Painting) corner, and the space for relaxation A Room With a View overlooking the Imperial Palace. Exhibitions will be renewed every two or three months, with significant changes in the works on display. With a variety of special displays, you are bound to encounter something new every time you visit the museum.

 

March 7 – May 17, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except March 23, 30, April 6 and May 4, 2015)

 

May 26 – September 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except July 20) and July 21, 2015

There’s Something Happening Here (tentative title)

 

September 19 – December 13, 2015
*Closed on Mondays (except September 21, October 12 and November 23), September 24, October 13 and November 24, 2015

Fujita Tsuguharu (4th and 3rd floors)

 

December 22, 2015–February 28, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except January 11) and January 12, 2016

Art and Architecture (tentative title)

 

March 8–May 15, 2016
*Closed on Mondays (except March 21, 28, April 4 and May 2) and March 22, 2016

 

*Museum closed between the shows for preparation.

*The above three works are not always shown at the gallery.

 

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