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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.

LUCAS CRANACH THE ELDER: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

January 28 – April 16, 2017

This is the first exhibition devoted to the entire career of Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), a preeminent German Renaissance painter, to ever be held in Japan. While depicting Venus, Salome and other female figures from classical narratives with an unusual eroticism, Cranach’s countless “seductive images” exerted a notable influence on later generations of artists, as seen here in approximately 100 works.

Pierre Alechinsky

January 28 – April 9, 2017

Born in Brussels in 1927, Pierre Alechinsky remains at the forefront of the art world. After helping form Cobra, a group of artists who explored new frontiers in art, in 1948, Alechinsky combined figurative and abstract elements to create attractive paintings that were strongly inspired by Japanese calligraphy. This retrospective, the artist’s first in Japan, presents a spectacular view of this alluring body of work.