The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo presents a special exhibition, in conjunction with the Olympic and Paralympic Games, which traces the course of modern and contemporary Japanese art through works from the museum’s collection.
After centuries of isolation during the Edo Period (1603-1868), Japan opened its doors to the world, and aspects of Western culture were introduced to the nation with incredible rapidity, art being among them. From then to now, Japanese artists have explored their own identities, moving back and forth between admiration for the West and alignment with the nation’s own traditions. Some have turned their eyes to the realities of rapidly modernizing Japanese society, while creating art that asks questions on a personal level. This exhibition follows the arc of this history, presenting approximately 250 works including eight Important Cultural Properties, with some of the works shown in the first term (May 25-July 18) replaced by others during the second term (July 20-September 26). Also, we invite you to enjoy the exhibit in Gallery 4 on the second floor, which explores developments in steel sculpture with David Smith’s Circle IV, purchased in 2017, as a particular highlight.
Leiko Ikemura's work is on display in the room 12.
Artists included: Yo AKIYAMA, Takashi ARAI, Takako ARAKI, Yuumi DOMOTO, Tsuguharu FUJITA, Sueharu FUKAMI, Gormley Antony, Naojiro HARADA, Masayuki HASHIMOTO, Gyoshu HAYAMI, Kaii HIGASHIYAMA, Hikaru YAMADA, Denchu HIRAKUSHI, Leiko IKEMURA, Toshimitsu IMAI, Miyako ISHIUCHI, Hogai KANO, Izumi KATO, Tsubasa KATO, Ryoka KAWAKAMI, Matazo KAYAMA, Keigetsu KIKUCHI, Kentaro KIMURA, Shohachi KIMURA, Ryusei KISHIDA, Rokubei KIYOMIZU VIII (Masahiro), Kokei KOBAYASHI, Masato KOBAYASHI, Tsukasa KOFUSHIWAKI, Michisei KONO, Tatsusuke KURIKI, Seiki KURODA, Hirotake KUROKAWA, Sol Lewitt, Marino Marini, Naofumi MARUYAMA, Ryuji MIYAMOTO, Yasumasa MORIMURA, Sadamasa MOTONAGA, Takashi MURAKAMI, Kazumasa NAKAGAWA, Teijiro NAKAHARA, Tsune NAKAMURA, Hiromitsu NAKAZAWA, Yoshitomo NARA, Kyuho NODA, Isamu Noguchi, Machiko OGAWA, Morie OGIWARA, Koson OHARA (Shoson), Shinro OHTAKE, Saburosuke OKADA, Tojiro OSHITA, Ayumi SHIGEMATSU, Kanzan SHIMOMURA, Taketaro SHINKAI, Kazuo SHIRAGA, Kumi SUGAI, Hiroshi SUGITO, Osamu SUZUKI, Yasukazu TABUCHI, Minami TADA, Kotaro TAKAMURA, Yutaka TAKANASHI, Seiho TAKEUCHI, Atsuko TANAKA, Sofu TESHIGAHARA, Kogan TOBARI, Haruo TOMIYAMA, Sadao TSUBAKI, Bakusen TSUCHIDA, Ryuzaburo UMEHARA, Sanzo WADA, Kazuo YAGI, Choun YAMAZAKI, Keisuke YANAGI, Yukihiko YASUDA, Sotaro YASUI, Taikan YOKOYAMA, Unkai YONEHARA, Tetsugoro YOROZU, Hiroshi YOSHIDA, Jiro YOSHIHARA
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