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2018

New Wave: Japanese Contemporary Art of the 1980s

November 3, 2018–January 20, 2019


The ’80s were a major turning point for contemporary art in Japan. The decade saw the rise of a younger generation of artists who favored new types of expression that were sensuous and personal in contrast to the problematic and conceptual art of the previous era. This exhibition reexamines the achievements of the ’80s through a wide range of works, and reproduces various aspects of the era, in which traditional notions of art underwent a huge transformation.

Manabu Nakanishi,
THE ROCKIN' BAND: The Guitar Man, 1985,
Collection of the Artist
Photo: Shigeru Jufuku
Courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga

*Collection 2: The 1980s Zeitgeist as a Point of Departure*

November 3, 2018 ― January 20, 2019


In the West, the 1980s are remembered as an era marked by a renewed interest in painting. In general terms, artists focused on reconsidering issues such as expression, interpretation, and production. With paintings of the ’80s as a starting point, this edition of the collection exhibition approaches these topics from an even wider perspective.

Chie Matsui, LABOUR-4, 1993 The National Museum of Art, Osaka
© Chie Matsui
Photograph by Kazuo Fukunaga