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NMAO collection with Alberto Giacometti II

August 27-December 8, 2019

The philosopher Isaku Yanaihara (1918-1989) looms large in the literature on Alberto Giacometti. During his sojourns in France between 1956 and 1961, Yanaihara sat repeatedly for this sculptor, one of the greatest in the twentieth century. Of the artist's numerous portraits of his Japanese philosopher, however, only two bronzes were finished, of which only seven casts in total are currently known. It is one of these rarities that came to the National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO) in 2018, the first to enter a Japanese collection. Having acquired the oil Man [Homme] (1956) in 2013, NMAO offers an opportunity to view both Giacometti's painting and sculpture, on which he staked his entire life in a struggle to render "what one sees as one sees it."

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
  • Sponsored by Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Alberto Giacometti, Yanaihara Ⅰ, 1960-61
The National Museum of Art, Osaka, Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

Alberto Giacometti, Homme, 1956
The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Chia-En Jao, REM Sleep, 2011
The National Museum of Art, Osaka © Chia-En Jao

Yuki Onodera, Portrait of Second-hand Clothes No.45, 1997
The National Museum of Art, Osaka © Yuki Onodera

Izumi Kato, Untitled, 2006 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga © 2006 Izumi Kato

Tsubasa Kato, They do not understand each other, 2014
The National Museum of Art, Osaka photographing by Keiichi Sakakura


Opening Hours

10:00-17:00 (last admission 16:30), Fri. and Sat. until 21:00 (last admission 20:30); from Aug. to Sep., Fri. and Sat. until 20:00 (last admission 19:30); from Oct. to Dec.


Mondays (except Sep. 16, 23, Oct. 14, Nov. 4) and Sep.17, 24, Oct.15, Nov. 5.

Admission Fee

Adults: 430 (220) yen / University students: 130 (70) yen
*Prices in parentheses indicate admission for groups of more than 20 people.
*Admission free for visitors under 18 years old, senior citizens (65 and over), and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant (proof required).

Night discount (applicable after 17:00 on Fri. and Sat.)
Adults: 250 yen / 
University students: 70 yen

Free admission days: Sep. 1, 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, 3, 16, 17, Dec. 7, 2019.