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Collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Bruegel's" The Tower of Babel" and Great 16th Century Masters

July 18 – October 15, 2017

This exhibition presents numerous outstanding works, primarily by 16th-century Dutch artists, from the collection of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, including Pieter Bruegel I's greatest masterpiece The Tower of Babel and Jheronimus Bosch’s important oil painting St. Christopher Carrying the Christ Child.

Pieter Bruegel I, The Tower of Babel, c.1568, Museum BVB, Rotterdam, the Netherlands


July 18 – October 15, 2017

In this exhibition, we introduce contemporary art from Japan and abroad, with an emphasis on recent acquisitions. The focus here is on works since the 2000s that present us with a new worldview, effectively signaling a shift away from art with a more traditional style.

Ryoko Aoki, Rain Drops, 2009, from "Object Reading", 2002-15, The National Museum of Art, Osaka ©Ryoko Aoki, Courtesy of Take Ninagawa, Tokyo

Michio Fukuoka: A Sculptor Who No Longer Sculpts

October 28, – December 24, 2017

Michio Fukuoka (born in 1936) is an Osaka-resident sculptor. Ignoring current trends, he has continued to quietly deal with the question of what it means to create. This exhibition follows the trajectory of Fukuoka’s over 60-year practice, from the time he set out to become a sculptor in the 1950s to the present. In 2005, the artist announced that he was a “sculptor who no longer sculpts.”

Michio Fukuoka, Why Did I Ever Fly?, 1965-66, Collection of the Artist,
Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga

When Attitude Becomes Form: Japanese Art of the 1970s through the Photography of Anzaï Shigeo

October 28 – December 24, 2017

In 1970, Anzaï Shigeo began using a 35mm camera to record the ephemeral works that were being made by artists of his generation. Anzaï captured an art movement that would later come to be known as “Mono-ha” in its infancy, but soon he shifted his focus to other emerging trends of the era. In this exhibition, we present the work of Anzaï Shigeo, who has continually documented changing times in Japanese contemporary art.

Shigeo ANZAÏ, U-Fan Lee, January 21, 1970, Tamura Gallery, Tokyo, 1970, The National Museum of Art, Osaka ©ANZAÏ ©Lee Ufan

one after another (tentative title): NMAO's 40th Anniversary Exhibition

January 21 – May 6, 2018

This special exhibition is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, which opened in 1977. Through the works of some 20 Japanese and foreign artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Karin Sander, Allora & Calzadilla, Janet Cardiff and George Miller, Danh Vo, Nairy Baghramian, and Sasamoto Aki, the exhibition will shed light on various aspects of our society by examining things that have been imbued with time, history, and memory from a wide range of views. It will also consider the future potential of the museum.

Robert Rauschenberg, Solstice, 1968,Collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka ©Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Photo provided by NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]