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Abstraction: Aspects of Contemporary Art

May 25-August 4, 2019

In recent years, abstract art has attracted a great deal of attention. Without adhering to a progressive view of art history, these works make liberal use of the past while incorporating a sense of flexibility and expandability. Consisting primarily of paintings with some sculptures mixed in, this exhibition provides viewers with a valuable opportunity to see some of the abstract art that has emerged from the West since the 1980s.

Franz West, Untitled, 2011,
Estate Franz West, Vienna,
© Archiv Franz West,
© Estate Franz West

NMAO collection with Alberto Giacometti I

May 25- August 4, 2019

This exhibition is designed to commemorate the museum’s acquisition of Alberto Giacometti’s (1901-1966) sculpture Yanaihara Ⅰ (1960-1961). How did Giacometti and his model, the philosopher Yanaihara Isaku, view each other? Also included are works by European artists from the same era.

Alberto Giacometti, Yanaihara Ⅰ, 1960-1961
The National Museum of Art, Osaka Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga