About Art Museum
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT) is Japan’s first national art museum located in central Tokyo, near the Imperial Palace.
Kishida Ryusei, Road Cut through a Hill, 1915, Important Cultural Property
The main feature of the MOMAT is one of the largest collection in Japan comprising more than 13,000 items including Important Cultural Properties. It houses many Japanese masterpieces in various genres from the end of the 19th century to the present day including works from abroad. In a turbulent age of Japan’s rapid modernization, artists continued to search for truly epoch-making expression between the traditional Japanese sense of beauty and a different culture in Western art. What masterpieces were created by their efforts? The MOMAT Collection in the collection galleries on the fourth to second floors presents in each exhibition period about 200 pieces selected from our collection. It is one of the foremost exhibitions in Japan giving you an insight into Japanese art over more than a century at a single stroke.
Special thematic exhibitions featuring Japanese and overseas art are given several times a year in the gallery on the first floor. “A Room With a View” relaxation space offers a must-see view. Near the MOMAT are the Imperial Palace, Kitanomaru Park and Chidorigafuchi where visitors can enjoy Japanese culture and rich natural surroundings. These are ones of Japan’s most renowned places for cherry blossoms that attract large crowds every spring, creating a spectacular atmosphere in the entire neighborhoods. Located within walking distance of Tokyo Station, a stroll around the area and a visit to the MOMAT would be an exciting combination throughout the year.
- MOMAT Collection: One of Japan’s largest collection exhibition presents about 200 pieces selected from our collection comprising more than 13,000 works including Japanese- and Western-style paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs and videos. As one of the foremost exhibitions in Japan giving you an insight into Japanese art in and after the end of the 19th 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.
- Special exhibitions: Special exhibitions are given several times a year, including solo exhibitions of renowned artists and thematic shows shedding new light on the essence of society.
2. Acquisition and safekeeping of works of art
The MOMAT collects Japanese and overseas works produced in and after 1907.
3 Other activities
In addition to holding lectures and events about exhibitions and conducting art education programs for children, the museum publishes exhibition catalogues and collects and makes open to the public art-related books.