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Through his use of unique textures created with thick layers of paint and sharp lines, Jean Fautrier(1898-1964) became a groundbreaking figure in Art Informel, a movement that led to the emergence of abstract expression in postwar France. This much-anticipated exhibition, the first devoted solely to Fautrier's work ever held in Japan, marks the 50th anniversary of the artist's death. Including his Otages (Hostages) series, the event will present about 100 of Fautrier's paintings, sculptures, and prints.

  • Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Mainichi Newspapers, Mainichi Broadcasting System
  • With the support of Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
  • With the cooperation of Air France, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


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Jean Fautrier, Portrait de ma concierge, c.1922,
Tourcoing, MUba Eugène Leroy
©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014

Jean Fautrier, Tête d'Otage, 1944, The National Museum of Art, Osaka
©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014

Jean Fautrier, Le bleu du noir, 1959, Private collection ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014


Opening Hours

10:00 - 17:00 (last admission 16:30), Fri. until 19:00 (last admission 18:30).


Mondays and October 14, November 4, 25 (except October 13, November 3, 24).

Admission Fee

Adults : 1,400 Yen (1,200 Yen)
University students : 1,000 Yen (800 Yen)
High School students : 700 Yen (500 Yen)

  • * Including "Collection 2".
  • * Prices in parentheses indicate discount offered to groups of 20 or more.
  • * Children (up to Junior High School students), disabled people with one attendant: Free.