Yearly Calendar 2022

2022(January–December, 2022)

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

Special Exhibition Gallery

100 Years of Mingei: The Folk Crafts Movement

Habiro Iron Kettle, Yamagata Prefecture, c. 1934, The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

October 26, 2021–February 13, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except January 10; December 28–January 1, and January 11

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What is heightening the interest in Mingei (lit. folk crafts)? Is it because of the rise in the interest in designing new ways of life? Or is it because of the interest in local color and handwork traditions that still survives in Japan? In any case, it is amazing that an aesthetic concept created a century ago still inspires people to this day—one created by Yanagi Soetsu, Hamada Shoji, and Kawai Kanjiro who noticed the beauty of daily utensils.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Yanagi Soetsu’s death, this exhibition illustrates the Mingei movement and its surrounding society, history, and economy with more than 450 exhibits including daily utensils such as ceramics, textiles, woodwork, straw raincoats, and baskets from collections of Yanagi and others, folk paintings such as Otsu-e (lit. Otsu painting, named after the town of Otsu), and contemporary materials including publications, books, photographs, and videos. We hope that a knowledge about the deep history of Mingei will help open up future possibilities for the movement.



Kaburaki Kiyokata: A Retrospective

Kaburaki Kiyokata, Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town, 1927, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo ©Nemoto Akio

March 18–May 8, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except March 21, 28, and May 2; and March 22

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Our museum has acquired one of the masterpieces by Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878–1972), Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town (1927) that had been missing for many years, along with Shintomi-cho Town and Hama-cho Gashi Zone (both 1930), a trilogy rediscovered in 2019. This is a major retrospective of the painter that presents 110 Japanese-style paintings including the trilogy.
Staying mindful of his early career as an ukiyo-e-style illustrator, Kaburaki always borrowed motifs for his works from the life of the common people, literature, and public entertainment until his last years. Paying attention to the “unchangingness” of his interest, this exhibition presents his works in parallel arrangement under several themes. As people’s life and sentiments underwent radical changes after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II, the painter never changed his scope of interest. Kaburaki’s beliefs and works will have deep resonance with people now living in Japan who have experienced earthquakes and are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gerhard Richter

June 7–October 2, 2022

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German artist Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) is one of the most important figures in contemporary art. Seeking to question the assumptions themselves on which we view the world, the artist has produced an amazingly broad range of works including figurative and abstract paintings, paintings on photographs, those using glass or mirrors, and videos. In commemoration of the year in which Richter turns ninety, this exhibition illustrates his sixty-year career primarily with his works that the artist has kept personally. In particular, the Birkenau series (2014), abstract masterpieces triggered by photographs taken secretly at a Jewish concentration camp during World War II, will be one of the highlights of the show as a good example of Richter’s attempts to explore the possibility and impossibility of painting.




Ohtake Shinro (tentative title)

Ohtake Shinro, Retina (Wire Horizon, Tangier), 1990-93, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

November 2022–February 2023

Having started his career in the early 1980s, Ohtake Shinro (b. 1955) still continues to be a lead runner with an exceptional creative urge, using every way of artistic expression including painting, printing, drawing, sculpture, installation, design, video, picture books, music, and writing. Ranging from contemporary art to collaborations with artists in different fields, the scope of his activities seems to have no limit. In recent years, he has been featured as one of Japan’s leading artists in international exhibitions including the 2012 dOCUMENTA, the 2013 Venice Biennale, and the 2018 Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art.
The long-awaited first major solo show after the 2006 Zen-Kei: Retrospective 1955–2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, this exhibition evolves around his strikingly individual scrapbooks that symbolize the whole of his works and activities to trace his career. This retrospective will travel to two other museums in Japan.




Gallery 4

Pierre Bonnard and Japanese Modern and Contemporary Art (tentative title) Primarily from the Museum Collection

■March 18–May 8, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except March 21, 28, and May 2; and March 22


*The exhibition schedule after the above dates will be updated in the future.


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.


■October 5–February 13, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except January 10; December 28–January 1, and January 11

■March 18–May 8, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except March 21, 28, and May 2; and March 22



*The exhibition schedule after the above dates will be updated in the future.




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December 4, 2021 (Sat)

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