Yearly Calendar 2020

2020(April, 2020 – March, 2021)

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

Special Exhibition Gallery

Peter Doig

Peter Doig, Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre, 2000-02
©Peter Doig. The Art Institute of Chicago. Gift of Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal, 2003. 433. All rights reserved, DACS & JASPAR 2020 C3120

February 26 – June 14, 2020 October 11, 2020 *Extended
*Closed:Mondays ( except August 10 and September 21 ) , August 11 and September 23, 2020
* Temporary closed: February 29-June 11

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   Painter of romantic, but uncanny  landscapes, Peter Doig (b. 1959) has been named one of the most important artists in the world today. Doig produces paintings that combine diverse imagery from the compositions and motifs of works by modern painters such as Gaugin, Van Gogh, Matisse and Munch, to scenes from films, advertising graphics, and the landscapes of places he has lived, such as Canada and Trinidad.

   Our mystical fascination with Doig’s paintings may be attributed to the artist’s use of images seemingly seen somewhere, to present worlds we have most certainly never seen. Inviting viewers on a journey of the imagination through painting, Peter Doig  this long-awaited first solo exhibition by Peter Doig in Japan, covers the artist’s career from early work to latest offerings.




Kuma Kengo: Five Purr-fect Points for a New Public Space

Kuma Kengo, V&A Dundee, 2018 ©Hufton+Crow

July 17–October 25, 2020 July-October, 2021 *Postponed
*Closed: Mondays ( except July 27, August 3, 10 and 31, September 21 ), August 11 and September 23, 2020

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 This is a major solo exhibition of Kuma Kengo (b. 1954), one of the leading architects in modern Japan who has taken part in the design of the National Stadium, the main venue of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. As exemplified by V&A Dundee that opened in 2018 in Scotland and was chosen by TIME magazine as one of the “World’s Greatest Places 2019,” his architecture fascinates people all over the world as places where people gather.

 In addition to illustrating the features of his architecture with models and photographs, this exhibition offers virtual hands-on experience with a number of videos using cutting-edge technology. These original videos will be produced by artists from home and abroad including Takimoto Mikiya. In cooperation with informed people, we are presenting in a room a future image of Tokyo, a topic befitting to the architect.





Sleeping: Life with Art – From Goya and Rubens to Shiota Chiharu

Peter Paul Rubens, Two Sleeping Children, c.1612-13, the National Museum of Western Art

November 25, 2020–February 23, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except January 11, 2021 ), December 28, 2020–January 1 and 12, 2021

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 In the past, the National Museums of Art have presented two exhibitions showcasing the facilities’ diverse collection of art: Shadows (2010) and No Museum, No Life? Art-Museum Encyclopedia to Come (2015). This exhibition, the third installment in the series, deals with the theme of “sleeping.”

 Sleep is not only an essential part of human life, it has also served as a source of creative inspiration for artists. Unlike a waking perspective, artistic expressions based on sleep provide us with suggestions about our everyday doubts and worries.

 In this exhibition, we present approximately 120 works by 33 artists from many different times and places, and a wide range of genres, including painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, sculpture, and video, asking the viewer to consider how each work expresses the theme of sleep and what it might be trying to convey.



Gallery 4

Kitawaki Noboru: To See the Universe in a Seed Primarily from the Museum Collection

Kitawaki Noboru, Diagram of I Ching Divination (Heaven and Earth), 1941

February 11–June 14, 2020 October 25, 2020 *Extended
*Closed: Mondays (except February 24, August 10 and September 21) , February 25, August 11 and September 23, 2020
* Temporary closed: February 29-June 3

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 The avant-garde painter Kitawaki Noboru (1901–1951) was active in Kyoto in the 1930s and 1940s. Thus far, his work has generally been discussed in terms of Surrealist influence. For example, this aptly describes his approach in Airport (1937) of generating fantastical imagery through association of shapes, so the maple seed pods can also be seen as planes. However, this exhibition aims to examine what Kitawaki was actually seeking to accomplish in referencing the ideas and techniques of Surrealism: to decode the invisible laws behind the world around us, and visually reveal a model of his worldview. Based on this philosophical mindset, Kitawaki produced paintings that reference not only Surrealism, but also mathematics, the natural science of Goethe, and ancient Chinese divination.

 Here we shed light on the development of Kitawaki’s distinctive approach, in which he sought a unification of all the laws of heaven and earth as if condensed in a single seed that sprouts, grows, blossoms, bears fruit and produces new seeds.





Male Sculpture (tentative title) Primarily from the Museum Collection

OGIWARA Morie, Priest Mongaku, 1908

November 25, 2020–February 23, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except January 11, 2021 ), December 28, 2020–January 1 and 12, 2021


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 Imposing physique, brawny muscle, or decrepit old backs and faces—although examples of male sculpture are not far outnumbered by their female counterparts, they are thought not to be part of the mainstream.

 What have male bodies in modern art represented? To answer this question, this exhibition presents a selection of male sculptures and a few paintings from our collection.





Hallucinating Lenses (tentative title) Primarily from the Museum Collection

March 23–May 16, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except March 29 and May 3 ) and May 6, 2021

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 Cameras are thought to be devices that objectively reflect the world. When connected with photographers’ imagination, however, cameras—the mechanical eye different from the human eye—sometimes open the door to hallucination.
 Centering on Kawada Kikuji’s The Last Cosmology and Fukase Masahisa’s Ravens, this show explores another aspect of photography. You are invited to view this exhibition along with Weird Paintings (tentative title) being presented simultaneously.





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.


■February 11–June 14, 2020
*Closed: Mondays ( except February 24 ), February 25
* Temporary closed: February 29-June 3


June 27 June 16 *Extended –October 25, 2020
*Closed: Mondays ( except August 10 and September 21 ), August 11 and September 23, 2020


■November 3, 2020–February 23, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except November 23, 2020 and January 11, 2021 ), November 24 and  December 28, 2020–January 1 and 12, 2021


■March 23–May 16, 2021
*Closed: Mondays ( except March 29 and May 3 ) and May 6, 2021



*Museum closed between the shows for preparation.




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