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Collection2 Body–––Body

February 6–May 6, 2024
closed (April 7, 2024)

Collection2 Body–––Body

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The body remains a subject and an issue that is indivisible from artistic expressions and acts – i.e., the body of the artist, model, and viewer; physical representation; nudes; and portraits and self-portraits. Moreover, in contemporary society we are repeatedly faced with questions surrounding the body in terms of our relationship with others, and as a battlefield for power struggles. Other examples include body boundaries; the body as it relates to social norms and sexuality, and life and death.

The 2023 Collection 2 exhibition is titled “Body–––Body.” Along with Couple (1996), a work by the 20th- and 21st-century contemporary artist Louise Bourgeois that is being shown in Japan for the first time, we focus on recently acquisitions such as an installation by BuBu de la Madeleine, photographs by Mao Ishikawa and Ryudai, Takano and a painting by Izumi Kato.

In addition, this marks the long-awaited return of a number of works by artists such as Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso which had been loaned to the National Museum of Art’s traveling exhibition. Also, in connection with a project to clean the surface of the work while the museum is closed, Jiro Takamatsu’s Shadow has been temporarily moved to the B2 floor, where it will be on view only during this exhibition. In this more expansive space, the work will be presented alongside Takamatsu’s studies and related drawings.

The triple dashes (–––) between “Body” and “Body” in the title visually represent the distances between bodies.

February 6–May 6, 2024
closed (April 7, 2024)
Opening Hours
10:00-17:00 (10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except February 12, April 29, May 6) and February 13
Organized by

The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Sponsored by

Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Adults University students
430 (220) yen 130 (70) yen
  • ( ) admission for groups of more than 20 people.
  • Admission free for visitors under 18, those 65 and over, and visitors with disabilities and one attendant (proof required).
  • Tickets for “Ancient Mexico: Maya, Aztec, and Teotihuacan” also entitle the holder admission to the collection exhibition.
  • Night discount (applicable after 17:00 on Friday and Saturday)
    Adults: 250 yen, University students: 70 yen.
  • Free admission days: February 10, March 2, April 6, May 4.
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Distribution price: 320 yen (tax included).
Distribution period: February 6-May 6, 2024