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2019

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 300 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.