Yearly Calendar 2022

2022(January–December, 2022)

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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 2018. 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

Gerhard Richter, Birkenau (937-2), 2014, Gerhard Richter Foundation
©Gerhard Richter 2022(07062022)

June 7–October 2, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except July 18, and September 19; July 19, and September 20

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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

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

November 1, 2022–February 5, 2023
*Closed on: Mondays except January 2 and 9; December 28–January1, and January 10

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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.

 

 

 

Secrets of Important Cultural Properties: An Exhibition Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Yorozu Tetsugoro, Nude Beauty, 1912, Important Cultural Property, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

March 17–May 14, 2023

Opened in December 1952, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2022 with a splendid exhibition presenting paintings, sculptures, and crafts that were produced in and after the Meiji period (1868–1912). All the exhibits are designated by the Japanese government as Important Cultural Properties. It is, however, more than a show featuring excellent works. Many of the works now highly recognized as masterpieces were at first succès de scandale that introduced unprecedent styles. This exhibition also explores secrets in art history—changes in recognition of those works and how they have come to be designated as Important Cultural Properties.

This show offers a valuable opportunity to view many Important Cultural Properties because they are shown or loaned not very often considering conservation issues. The masterpieces will enable you to rediscover the charm of modern Japanese art.

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New Acquisition & Special Display | Pierre Bonnard, Landscape in Provence" Primarily from the Museum Collection

Pierre Bonnard, Landscape in Provence , 1932

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

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We are delighted to unveil for the first time Pierre Bonnard’s painting Landscape in Provence (1932), which the museum acquired in 2020.
Bonnard (1867–1947) was a French painter active from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Bonnard’s style changed several times during his long career of nearly 60 years, but especially his works featuring a vivid palette and highly abstract approach have been described as “adventures of the optic nerves” (in Bonnard’s own words) and as “paintings among paintings.” Henri Matisse, one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, spoke prophetically of the innovative nature of Bonnard’s work, saying “Yes! I certify that Pierre Bonnard is a great painter, for today and assuredly for the future.”
In this room, we invite you first and foremost to savor the charms of Landscape in Provence to your heart’s content. We also hope that the juxtaposition of Landscape in Provence and landscape paintings by Japanese artists will offer an opportunity to appreciate Japanese modern and contemporary art from a new perspective.

 

 

New Acquisition & Special Display | Pierre Bonnard, Landscape in Provence" Primarily from the Museum Collection

Pierre Bonnard, Landscape in Provence , 1932

■May 17–October 2, 2022
*Closed on: Mondays except July 18, and September 19; July 19, and September 20

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We are delighted to unveil for the first time Pierre Bonnard’s painting Landscape in Provence (1932), which the museum acquired in 2020.
Bonnard (1867–1947) was a French painter active from the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Bonnard’s style changed several times during his long career of nearly 60 years, but especially his works featuring a vivid palette and highly abstract approach have been described as “adventures of the optic nerves” (in Bonnard’s own words) and as “paintings among paintings.” Henri Matisse, one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, spoke prophetically of the innovative nature of Bonnard’s work, saying “Yes! I certify that Pierre Bonnard is a great painter, for today and assuredly for the future.”
In this room, we invite you first and foremost to savor the charms of Landscape in Provence to your heart’s content. We also hope that the juxtaposition of Landscape in Provence and landscape paintings by Japanese artists will offer an opportunity to appreciate Japanese modern and contemporary art from a new perspective.

 

 

*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

May 17–October 2, 2022

 *Closed on: Mondays except July 18, September19

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

 

 

 

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