Yearly Calendar 2019

2019(April, 2019 – March, 2020)

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

Special Exhibition Gallery

Laugh Off This Hopeless World: Fukuzawa Ichiro

Fukuzawa Ichiro, April Fool, 1930,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

March 12 – May 26, 2019
*Closed on: Mondays (except March 25, April 1, 29 and May 6); and May 7

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Fukuzawa Ichiro (1898-1992) is an artist who led the Western-style painting community in Japan from the prewar years of the Showa period to after World War II. In the prewar period, he introduced French Surrealism to Japan. At the same time, he expressed symbolic messages of social criticism and became a leader of avant-garde art movements. Despite oppression during the war, in the postwar era, he once again worked on large group portraits from a critical viewpoint on the society and received the Order of Culture in his later years.

In the history of modern art in Japan, so far, Fukuzawa has almost always been discussed as the man who introduced Surrealism. However, in this exhibition, we shall focus on how he confronted the society throughout his lifetime as an artist. There are approximately 100 works presented from such a point of view including his early works with a touch of satire in the enigmatic images, his most important work, Group of Figures Defeated in Battle (1948), which is often referred to as the starting point of postwar art, and the series through which he attempted social criticism by adopting Western and Oriental images of Hell. Through his works versatile yet based on a consistent critical mind, we hope you will have an opportunity to consider the present-day significance of Fukuzawa’s artistic career, which he spent keenly observing the human being with intellectual humor.

 

 

 

Takahata Isao: A Legend in Japanese Animation

July 2 – October 6, 2019
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, 23
); July 16, August 13, September 17, 24

 

*Details will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

 

 

Windows (tentative title)

Henri Matisse, Woman by a Window, 1920, Mizoe Art Gallery

November 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020
*Closed on: Mondays (except November 4, 2019 and January 13, 2020); November 5, 2019; December 28, 2019 – January 1, 2020; and January 14, 2020

Windows are all too familiar to everyone. They let light and wind in the room while protecting us from coldness and heat. Through them we can have a fresh view of the outside world while indoors.

This exhibition, organized jointly with the Window Research Institute that advocate “windowology,” focuses on windows from various viewpoints. In addition to Henri Matisse’s paintings and cutting-edge contemporary art, the contents will include non-art topics such as the global history of windows and the details of architectural masterpieces. The galleries will showcase cross-genre exhibits including scenes by window loved and painted by artists, and useful tips about windows.

We hope we can offer an experience that enables you to see familiar windows differently after you leave the galleries.

 

 

 

Gallery 4

Sugiura Hisui: Image Collector

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SUGIURA, Hisui, Mitsukoshi (department store): Ginza Branch Open on April 10, 1930,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

The First Period: February 9 – April 7, 2019
The Second Period: April 10 – May 26, 2019

*Some works will be replaced during the exhibition period.

*Closed on: Mondays (except February 11, March 25, April 1, 29 and May 6, 2019); February 12,  April 9 and May 7

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 Zuan artist Sugiura Hisui (1876-1965) took an important role in the earliest days of Japanese graphic design. He actively promoted Zuan in his publications co-authored with Watanabe Soshu (1890-1986)—“Zuan no Bigaku (Aesthetics of Zuan)” and “Jitsuyo Zuan Shiryo Taisei (Compilation of practical Zuan materials)” and was engaged in Zuan education as the first president of Tama Imperial Art School (now Tama Art University) founded in 1935.
 In addition to Suigiura’s representative works such as posters for Mitsukoshi department store and various cover designs for books and magazines, the exhibition will showcase materials previously owned by Sugiura including French illustrated newspaper “L’Illustration”, American graph magazine “LIFE”, and his scrapbooks for the first time so as to reveal another dimension of Sugiura’s creative practice as an image collector.

Images collected by Sugiura Hisui, date unknown,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo





Scrapbooks by Sugiura Hisui, date unknown,
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo





Emancipation of Humanity: Focusing on Works by Female Artists (tentative title)

June 18 – October 20, 2019
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, 23 and October 14); July 16, August 13, September 17, 24 and October 15

*Details will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

 

 

MOMAT Collection

November 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020
*Closed on: Mondays (except November 4, 2019 and January 13, 2020); November 5, 2019; December 28, 2019 – January 1, 2020; and January 14, 2020

*Details will be announced as soon as they become available.

 

 

 

Collection Gallery

MOMAT Collection

One of the largest collection exhibitions in Japan, MOMAT Collection  presents 200 works selected in each exhibition period from our collection of more than 13,000 items including Japanese- and Western-style paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos.

As the only exhibition in Japan giving you an insight into Japanese art in and after the twentieth century at a single stroke, it offers diverse ways of appreciating art by changing exhibits after every exhibition period, and by giving small thematic exhibitions.

To provide a comfortable experience in broad galleries, we offer spacious places for relaxation including A Room With a View  overlooking the Imperial Palace and areas near Tokyo Station, as well as various chairs.

 

■January 29 – May 26, 2019
*Closed on: Mondays (except February 11, March 25, April 1, 29 and May 6); February 12 and May 7

 

■June 4 – October 20, 2019
*Closed on: Mondays (except July 15, August 12, September 16, 23 and October 14); July 16, August 13, September 17, 24 and October 15

 

■November 1, 2019 – February 2, 2020
*Closed on: Mondays (except November 4, 2019 and January 13, 2020); November 5, 2019; December 28, 2019 – January 1, 2020; and January 14, 2020

 

*Museum closed between the shows for preparation.

 

 

 

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