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Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work

April 7 (Tue.) - July 5 (Sun.), 2015

Widely known as a contemporary artist who painted pictures of shadows, Jiro Takamatsu (1936-1998) also made works on paper on a daily basis. This chronologically arranged exhibition centers on approximately 300 of these pieces, while looking back at the various series that made up Takamatsu’s practice. It also includes completed works, book designs, and documentary photographs.

Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work

April 7 (Tue.) - July 5 (Sun.), 2015

We hold the exhibition “Jiro Takamatsu: Trajectory of Work” on the second and the third basement floor.

Time of Others

July 25 (Sat.) - September 23 (Wed.,Holiday), 2015

How does the word “other” divide us? How does the way one person looks at another shape their image of them? Inspired by such questions, this exhibition presents works by 20 primarily younger artists from the Asia-Pacific region.
Artists: Kim Beom / Heman Chong / Kiri Dalena / Graham Fletcher / Ho Tzu Nyen / Saleh Husein / Jonathan Jones / Tsubasa Kato / On Kawara / Võ An Khánh / An-My Lê / Basir Mahmood / Lim Minouk / Futoshi Miyagi / Pratchaya Phinthong / Bruce Quek / Motoyuki Shitamichi / Natee Utarit / Vandy Rattana / Danh Vo

Wolfgang Tillmans: Your Body is Yours

July 25 (Sat.) - September 23 (Wed.,Holiday), 2015

This exhibition of work by Wolfgang Tillmans (born in Germany in 1968), who has proven to be extremely influential as a forerunner in contemporary photographic expression since the 1990s, marks the artist’s first solo show at a Japanese museum in eleven years. The installations, which will include numerous photographs and videos that have never been shown in Japan before, promise to capture the true essence of our society.

Cleopatra and the Queens of Egypt

October 10 (Sat.) - December 27 (Sun.), 2015

Focusing on the women who played important roles in Egyptian history, such as Queen Hetepheres Ⅰ, mother of Great Pyramid creator King Khufu, and the legendary queen Cleopatra Ⅶ, crowning glory of the country’s ancient era, this exhibition explores a host of mysterious images with some 180 archaeological relics from museum collections all over the world.

Collection 1

October 10 (Sat.) - December 27 (Sun.), 2015

The National Museum of Art, Osaka primarily collects works of Japanese and Western art dating from 1945 to the present, some which are related to specific trends. In this exhibition, we introduce a group of works from our collection, centering on recent acquisitions.

Ecce Homo: The Human Images in Contemporary Art

January 16 (Sat.) - March 21 (Mon.,Holiday), 2016

The modern expression of the human form grew increasingly varied in the 19th century with the advent of photography and the rise of painters’ attempts to capture the inner life of their models. In the 20th century, artists imbued images of people with their own sense of introspection, resulting in a variety of new developments. In this exhibition, drawn primarily from the museum collection, we present over 100 works dealing with the human image from the late 20th century by approximately 50 artists, including everyone from Jean Fautrier and Jean Dubuffet to Yasumasa Morimura and the duo of Sun Yuan & Peng Yu.

Yuji Takeoka: From a Pedestal into Space
(Tentative Title)

January 16 (Sat.) - March 21 (Mon.,Holiday), 2016

Using approaches such as “pedestal sculpture,” designed to raise the pedestal used to display sculpture to the level of an artwork, and “display space sculpture,” in which a space is presented as an artwork, German-based artist Yuji Takeoka (born in Kyoto in 1946) produces work that deals with the way “things” and “spaces” are shown. This exhibition marks the first retrospective of his work ever held in Japan.

Collection 2

January 16 (Sat.) - March 21 (Mon.,Holiday), 2016

In this exhibition, we introduce a group of works from our collection.