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 along with a variety of works from other countries.

The exhibition fills 13 rooms in all. In the Highlights section (Room 1, 4th floor), viewers are treated to a host of masterpieces selected from the museum collection. Rooms 2 to 13, arranged in roughly chronological order, have each been assigned a theme, enabling viewers to see the relationship between art and society in each era from a wide range of perspectives.

This time, during the exhibition’s first term (Nov. 1 – Dec. 15) only, 10 rooms on the 3rd floor will be the venue for a special exhibition, “Special Display of Rediscovered Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town by Kaburaki Kiyokata.”

Also, as a new initiative, there will be a special showing of Kobayashi Kohei’s To-Kai-Do-Chu-Hiza-Kuri-Ge (2016, private collection). This work draws inspiration from Jippensha Ikku’s Tokai dochu hizakurige (Shanks’ Pony along the Tokaido), a comical Edo Period (1603-1868) book known for its engaging back-and-forth between the characters Yaji and Kita, and parts of it are exhibited here and there in the galleries. Be on the lookout for them!

We hope that you will enjoy this edition of the MOMAT Collection, which includes a wide and varied assortment of works including oil painting, Nihonga (Japanese-style painting), sculpture, prints, photography, and video as well as a recently enriched collection of ceramics.

Quoted from Official Website