MOT Collection

Walking, Traveling, Moving―From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present
Special feature | YOKOO Tadanori―Ever-Changing, Like Water
100th Anniversary of Birth | Sam FRANCIS

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo houses approximately 5,700 artworks in its extensive collection, which spans the modern and contemporary periods with a focus on art of the postwar years. Each installment of the “MOT Collection” exhibition introduces artworks in the collection from various themes and angles in its effort to convey the diverse appeal of contemporary art.

The first floor section, “Walking, Traveling, Moving: From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present,” comprises of a diverse array of works, from sketches drawn by KANOKOGI Takeshiro who visited Tokyo immediately after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake to document the devastated areas, to works by Olafur ELIASSON that were produced for his solo exhibition at MOT in 2020, when restrictions on freedom of movement were in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. FUJIMAKI Yoshio's masterpieces Scenes from the Sumidagawa River (1934) will also be exhibited, along with newly acquired works by KUSANAGI Shinpei, MITSUSHIMA Takayuki, and Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko] that were created in correspondence to the “MOT Satellite” exhibitions. We hope that this exhibit, by following the footsteps of artists spanning various eras and countries, will provide an opportunity to enhance our perspective on the world and society in which we live.
The 3rd floor section titled, “Special feature: YOKOO Tadanori―Ever-Changing, Like Water” introduces works centering on those added to the museum’s collection on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition held in 2021. Featuring Yokoo’s oeuvre spanning from the 1960s to recent, the exhibit explores new appeals of his artistic practice through focusing on expressions related to “water” that appear in many of his rich variety of works. In addition, works by artists with a deep connection to Yokoo will be presented.
Visitors are also invited to enjoy a series of large-scale paintings by Sam FRANCIS, of which this year marks his centennial.

*This exhibition is a continuation of the previous term, with some of the exhibits replaced.
*Please be informed that the contents of the exhibit may be subject to change.

Flyer (PDF)
List of Works
Special feature | YOKOO Tadanori―Ever-Changing, Like Water - Work Captions

"o to da te" and "no zo mi" (PDF)


ASAKURA Setsu, ISHIKAWA Naoki, KATSURA Yuki, KANOKOGI Takeshiro, KUSANAGI Shinpei, KUBOTA Shigeko, KURITA Koichi, NAKANO Jun, NAKAMURA Hiroshi, BITO Yutaka, FUKUDA Naoyo, FUJIMAKI Yoshio, MATSUMOTO Shunsuke, MITSUSHIMA Takayuki, YANASE Masamu, YOKOO Tadanori, Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko], Andy WARHOL, Olafur ELIASSON, Sandro CHIA, Jennifer BARTLETT, Sam FRANCIS, Richard LONG and more

Walking, Traveling, Moving ―From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present

  • KANOKOGI Takeshiro, After the Great Kanto Earthquake (Refuges and Burnt Ruins), 1923

  • NAKANO Jun, [Sketches], 1975

FUJIMAKI Yoshio, Scenes from the Sumidagawa River No.2, 1934

  • KUSANAGI Shinpei, into the wild, 2017

  • MITSUSHIMA Takayuki, From Kiyosumi- Shirakawa station of HANZOMON line to the Museum, 2019 Photo: Takashi Fujikawa

  • ASO Tomoko [Wataridori Keikaku], Basho on the Banks of the Sumida River, 2020

  • TAKEUCHI Akiko [Wataridori Keikaku], Pumping Station Under Cloudy Skies, 2020

  • KUBOTA Shigeko, Broken Diary: Europe on 1/2 Inch a Day, 1972
    © Estate of Shigeko Kubota

  • ISHIKAWA Naoki, THE VOID #30, 2005

  • Olafur Eliasson, Memories from the critical zone (Germany–Poland–Russia–China–Japan, no. 1-6), 2020
    Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga © Olafur Eliasson

  • FUKUDA Naoyo, "Robinson Crusoe", 2003 Photo: Ichiro Otani

Special feature | YOKOO Tadanori―Ever-Changing, Like Water

YOKOO Tadanori, Funeral Procession Ⅱ,1969

  • YOKOO Tadanori, Wandering Mind, 2002

  • YOKOO Tadanori, Destiny, 1997

100th Anniversary of Birth | Sam FRANCIS

Sam FRANCIS, (from left) Untitled(SFP85-110), Untitled(SFP85-95), Untitled(SFP85-109), 1985, Deposited (Collection of Asahi Group Japan, Ltd.) MOT Collection, installation view Photo: Masaru Yanagiba

  • 2023 marks the centennial of Sam Francis (June 25, 1923 – November 4, 1994). Sam Francis Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of Francis’s birthday and his continued creative legacy through exhibitions, educational events, special projects, articles, and archival explorations. Inviting scholars, colleagues, artists, institutions, and historians, this commemorable year will explore their relationship with Francis, his art, his creative legacy, and his inspiration.


Exhibition Period

Saturday, 2 December 2023 – Sunday, 10 March 2024


Mondays(except 8 Jan, 12 Feb, 28-31 Dec, 1 and 9 Jan, 13 Feb

Opening Hours

10:00-18:00 (Tickets available until 30 minutes before closing.)


Adults – 500 yen / University & College Students 400 yen / High School Students, Over 65 250 yen / Free for under Junior High School Students & Temporary Exhibition tickets holders

* Tickets for the "Yasuko Toyoshima","MOT Annual 2023" include admission to the “MOT Collection” exhibition.
* Children younger than elementary school age need to be accompanied by a guardian.
* Persons with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Welfare Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor Welfare Certificate as well as up to two attendants are admitted free of charge.

[Silver Day] Those over 65 years old receive free admission on the third Wednesday of every month by presenting proof of age at the ticket counter.
[Students Day supported by Bloomberg] Students can view the exhibition for free by presenting a valid ID at the museum's ticket counter on February 24 and 25.
[Welcome Youth 2024] Those aged under 18 (born after April 2, 2005) can view the exhibition for free between March 1 and 10 by presenting a valid ID at the museum's ticket counter.


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