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Ecce Homo: The Human Images in Contemporary Art

January 16 - March 21, 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

January 16 - March 21, 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 - March 21, 2016

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

The Self-Portraits of YASUMASA MORIMURA: My Art, My Story, My Art History

April 5 - June 19, 2016

This marks the first large-scale solo exhibition that the preeminent Japanese contemporary artist Yasumasa Morimura (b. 1951) has ever held at a museum in his hometown of Osaka. Since showing Portrait (Van Gogh) in 1985, Morimura has focused on making photographic works in which he dresses up as protagonists from masterpieces and other notable figures. The exhibition will consist of 132 items, including 50 new works (a full-length video piece with a running time of approximately 70 minutes among them), never-before-shown works, and important works from the past.

The Posters of Ikko Tanaka

April 5 - June 19, 2016

The Nara-born graphic designer Ikko Tanaka (1930-2002) left a huge mark on postwar visual culture in Japan. This exhibition introduces the unique appeal of Tanaka’s designs through a select group of his posters.

Collection 1

April 5 - June 19, 2016

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

The Great Terracotta Army of China's First Emperor

July 5 - October 2, 2016

Emperor Qin Shi Huang, who established the first unified dynasty in China in 221 BC, created his own mausoleum and filled it with a Terracotta Army consisting of some 8,000 ceramic figures. By assembling the gems of these historical relics, which were discovered in 1974, this exhibition sets out to capture the “eternal world” envisioned by China’s first emperor.

Collection 2

July 5 - October 2, 2016

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

Venetian Renaissance Paintings from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Venice

October 22, 2016 - January 15, 2017

This exhibition presents a group of outstanding works from the Gallerie dell’Accademia, a museum that was founded in 1817 to showcase the collection of a Venetian art academy. Viewers are sure to enjoy this special opportunity to encounter a wide range of works by renowned masters such as Giovanni Bellini, Carpaccio, Tiziano, Tintoretto, and Veronese.

THE PLAY since 1967: beyond unknown currents

October 22, 2016 - January 15, 2017

This will be the first museum exhibition devoted solely to the work of THE PLAY, a group that has been active in the Kansai area since 1967. This one-of-a-kind band of artists has continued to perform actions without any lasting form for close to 50 years. These include floating down a river on a polystyrene raft, traveling around with a sheep, and waiting for lightning to strike. The exhibition will present the entire range of the group’s activities using printed matter, video documents, and life-size materials.