February 1 (Sat.)–May 11 (Sun.), 2014

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The first solo Japan traveling exhibition of work by Andreas Gursky (b. 1955), Germany's leading contemporary photographer, is to be held at The National Museum of Art, Osaka (following the National Art Center, Tokyo). With roots in traditional German photography, Gursky has received worldwide acclaim for his pioneering efforts in the medium of large-scale prints and his unique depictions of contemporary society.
Comprising approximately 50 photographs, specially selected by the artist, the exhibition spans Gursky's earliest works of the 1980s to such masterpieces as 99 Cent (1999), Rhine II (1999), F1 Pit Stop IV (2007), Pyongyang I (2007), Tokyo Stock Exchange (1990) and Kamiokande (2007) - both taken in Japan - and his latest work Qatar (2012). The most recent series of works - 'Ocean' (2010) produced with the aid of satellite imagery and 'Bangkok' (2011), which contemplates the surface of a river, display increasingly conceptual concerns where the artist is more akin to a painter using photographs.

Rather adhering to chronological order, a special effort has been made to present Gursky's entire body of work as a single unified entity made up of both new and old works in small and large formats displayed side by side. This unprecedented approach conveys the great appeal of Gursky's photographic vision.

  • Organized by : The National Museum of Art, Osaka, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation
  • With the support of : Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany Osaka-Kobe, Goethe Institut
  • With the special cooperation of : Pia
  • With the cooperation of : All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., Sprüth Magers Berlin London, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts


Opening Hours

10:00–17:00, Fridays until 19:00
Admission until 30 minutes before closing


Mondays *except April 28 and May 5

Admission Fee

Adults : 1500 Yen (1300 Yen)
University students : 1200 Yen (1000 Yen)
High school students : 800 Yen (600 Yen)

  • * Including "Collection 4: 100 Years of Contemporary Art", "Kwak Duck-Jun: The Paintings of the 1960s"
  • * Prices in parentheses indicate discount offered to groups of 20 or more
  • * Children (up to Junior High school students), disabled people with one attendant: Free
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