MOMAT Collection


At The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Welcome to the MOMAT Collection! In this exhibition, we introduce currents in Japanese modern and contemporary art from the end of the 19th century to the present day, along with a variety of works from other countries.

The museum opened in 1952, and will celebrate its 70th anniversary on December 1, 2022. Throughout the year, MOMAT Collection exhibitions will look back over these seven decades from various perspectives, and we will also hold exhibitions that look ahead to the future.

Rooms 3, 4, and 5 on the 4th floor feature a special exhibition of works from the collection, with a theme we have been focusing on for some time. With the title What Poems Say, it brings together works related to poetry, and renders visible interactions and links between poetry and the visual arts.

Exhibitions related to the 70th anniversary take place on the 3rd floor. Rooms 7 and 8 showcase ways in which the museum has linked our exhibition and acquisition activities with contemporary art movements since we first opened. In Room 9 we present works by two photographers, Sebastião Salgado (until July 24) and Ishiuchi Miyako (from July 26), accompanied by anecdotes relating to the museum’s history of collecting their works.

Also, in Room 11 on the 2nd floor, be sure to see the exhibits related to the Gerhard Richter exhibition on the 1st floor (from June 7).


Translated by Christopher Stephens