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2019

Abstraction: Aspects of Contemporary Art

May 25-August 4, 2019


In recent years, abstract art has attracted a great deal of attention. Without adhering to a progressive view of art history, these works make liberal use of the past while incorporating a sense of flexibility and expandability. Consisting primarily of paintings with some sculptures mixed in, this exhibition provides viewers with a valuable opportunity to see some of the abstract art that has emerged from the West since the 1980s.

Franz West, Untitled, 2011,
Estate Franz West, Vienna,
© Archiv Franz West,
© Estate Franz West

NMAO collection with Alberto Giacometti I

May 25- August 4, 2019


This exhibition is designed to commemorate the museum’s acquisition of Alberto Giacometti’s (1901-1966) sculpture Yanaihara Ⅰ (1960-1961). How did Giacometti and his model, the philosopher Yanaihara Isaku, view each other? Also included are works by European artists from the same era.

Alberto Giacometti, Yanaihara Ⅰ, 1960-1961
The National Museum of Art, Osaka Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

Vienna on the Path to Modernism: The 150th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Austria

August 27-December 8, 2019


Fin-de-siècle Vienna – an age in which tradition intersected with innovation in a city where eastern and western Europe meet. At a time when Vienna was rife with anxiety, conflict, and friction, the city saw the blossoming of a unique culture. The exhibition showcases approximately 330 items from the Wien Museum to retrace the era.

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Emilie Flöge, 1902
© Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

NMAO collection with Alberto Giacometti II

August 27-December 8, 2019


Like its predecessor, this exhibition is designed to commemorate the museum’s acquisition of Giacometti’s Yanaihara Ⅰ (1960-1961). By positioning the work in the context of new artistic expressions from the end of the 20th century until the present, the exhibition highlights the multifaceted museum collection.

Alberto Giacometti, Yanaihara Ⅰ, 1960-1961
The National Museum of Art, Osaka Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

Impossible Architecture

January 7-March 15, 2020


This exhibition employs blueprints, models, photographs, and computer graphics to introduce a collection of provocative architecture projects since the 20th century that were never realized – due to political views, technical problems or a lack of intention. Viewers can enjoy an alternative history of architecture featuring some of the most preeminent architects from Japan and abroad.

Mark Foster Gage, Helsinki Guggenheim Museum, computer graphics, 2014
Image courtesy of Mark Foster Gage Architects

Collection Exhibition

January 7-March 15, 2020


The museum collection consists primarily of modern and contemporary works from Japan and abroad since 1945. This exhibition focuses on recent acquisitions.