Exhibition Schedule

2019 Exhibition Schedule

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo Grand Reopening Exhibition

Special Exhibition:Weavers of Worlds -A Century of Flux in Japanese Modern / Contemporary Art
MOT Collection :Pleased to meet you.New Acquisitions in recent years

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Mar 29 (Fri) - Jun 16 (sun) 2019

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Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo
Special Exhibition: Exhibition Gallery 3F, 1F, B2F
MOT Collection : Collection Gallery 1F, 3F

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) will celebrate its Grand Reopening in late March 2019, almost three years after closing to upgrade its equipment and improve its utility as a museum building. The renovation is the first major rehab of the building since the museum's inauguration in 1995.
To mark the Grand Reopening, MOT will hold two concurrent exhibitions--one in its special exhibition galleries (3 floors) and one in its collection galleries (2 floors)--to thoroughly display its collection on a large scale in the entire space of the museum.
The collection of MOT consists of some 5,200 works in total. At its core are 3,000 pieces relocated to MOT, upon its opening in 1995, from Ueno's Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, a home for exhibitions of contemporaneous art since 1926. An additional 2,200 pieces have been acquired by MOT. Distinguishing the collection are artworks of striking originality that captured attention in each era--works which looked in new directions and broke from conventional lineages of art history. Through exhibits installed throughout the entire museum, this Grand Reopening presentation will comprehensively re-examine the collection at MOT, whose scope extends from avant-garde works of the pre- and postwar years to contemporary works created in this century. To broadly inquire into MOT's significance as a museum that has examined the artistic endeavors of each successive era will be a valuable undertaking at a time when MOT is embarking anew.
The Special Exhibition will take new perspectives on MOT's collection to substantiate the special character of its holdings--artworks acquired through exhibitions and investigative research, and archival materials held in the museum library. The MOT Collection exhibition, meanwhile, will focus on the collection's most recent additions and feature works acquired in recent years.

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR 2019

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Jul 12 (Fri) - Jul 15 (Mon) 2019

TOKYO ART BOOK FAIR, launched in 2009, is Japan's first annual book fair devoted to art publishing. For this year's 10th fair, MOT will present an exhibition showing the range of America's art publishing culture, supplemented with displays of publications by Japanese artists and talk events featuring special guests. Meanwhile, the museum's public area will host a colorful gathering of stimulating art publications by publishers and galleries as well as artists' books and zines self-published by artists.

Now, it's time to play

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Jul 20 (Sat) - Oct 20 (Sun) 2019

An exhibition of "play" theme the whole family can enjoy. We explore the relationship between play and art through distinctive artworks, such as a participatory installation of striking game appearance and artworks suggesting the remnants of someone's play. The artworks, while stimulating children in fun ways with color, shape, texture, sound, and movement, will offer adults hints in how to playfully escape their sense of confinement in contemporary society.

MOT Annual 2019

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Nov 16 (Sat) 2019 - Feb 16 (Sun) 2020

MOT Annual is a group exhibition devoted primarily to young Japanese artists that explores MOT's context in Tokyo, a city where disparate cultures and expressive territories coexist. The exhibition seeks to invite inquiry and discussion by focusing on one aspect of contemporary art, each time. The 15th MOT Annual--the museum's first since its renovation--will feature artists who engage in reading the objects and phenomena in their surround for portents of expression.

Dumb Type. Actions + Reflections

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Nov 16 (Sat) 2019 - Feb 16 (Sun) 2020

A leading Japanese media artist collective formed in Kyoto, Dumb Type is known for groundbreaking works that pioneered a vision of "digital and body" and "post-human." To mark Dumb Type's 35th year, this exhibition will demonstrate each member's distinctive style-including that of founding member Teiji Furuhashi--and the continuing relevance of their message. An added feature will be archive materials concerning pieces presented in their solo show at France's Centre Pompidou Metz. Several large-scale installations will be displayed for this exhibition.

minä perhonen / minagawa akira Tsuzuku

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Nov 16 (Sat) 2019 - Feb 16 (Sun) 2020

minä perhonen ("minä" from 1995 to 2003) is a fashion and textile brand founded by designer Akira Minagawa (1967-). The brand's creations are made through close communication with the production region under the concept of "special ordinary clothing" possessing creative, universal values wearable for many years. This exhibition will explore Minagawa and minä perhonen's thinking and practice taking as its core the production of value for both the maker and user, and consider the meaning of producing in our times and the relationship between design and society.

Olafur Eliasson

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Mar 14 (Sat) - Jun 14 (Sun) 2020

A solo exhibition devoted to Olafur Eliasson (born 1976, Copenhagen), an artist who freely transforms light, water, mist, and other natural phenomena. Eliasson enjoys global acclaim for works that give viewers new perceptual experiences. Featuring a broad range of works under an "ecology" theme-including installations that reconstruct nature, photographs of landscapes in his ancestral Iceland, and architectural and design projects of recent years-this exhibition will examine Eliasson's continuing exploration of art's potential to illuminate environment and society.

Collaborative exhibition with KADIST

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Mar 14 (Sat) - Jun 14 (Sun) 2020

In addition to collecting contemporary artworks internationally, the Kadist Art Foundation hosts artist residences and produces exhibitions in regions around the world. This collaborative exhibition with Kadist will explore artists' images of our world and the possibilities they harbor for imaginative new creation. Featured will be artworks depicting the varied elements that shape our contemporary society or whose existence transcends time and space-winds carrying pollutants, people crossing borders in their struggle for survival, reoccurring events of the past, and myths and fables still alive today

The Potentiality of Drawing

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Mar 14 (Sat) - Jun 14 (Sun) 2020

The accelerating digitalization of contemporary society is creating new possibilities for drawing. This exhibition, in addition to drawings by artists, will feature hand-drawn images and notation serving a symbolic function in the creation of architecture, music, and other arts. Through such contemporary drawing formats, it will examine drawing as an act of thinking on a page and explore its possibilities.

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