MOT Collection

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

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 “MOT Collection exhibition introduces artworks in the collection from a different angle, to demonstrate the diverse appeal of contemporary art.

List of Works

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

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

The first-floor section of this exhibition, “Walking, Traveling, Moving: From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present, comprises a variety of works, from sketches drawn by KANOKOGI Takeshiro on a visit to Tokyo immediately after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake to document the devastated city, to works by Olafur ELIASSON produced for his solo exhibition at MOT in 2020, when restrictions on “moving were in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FUJIMAKI Yoshios masterpiece Scenes from the Sumidagawa River (1934) will also be on display, along with newly acquired works by KUSANAGI Shinpei, MITSUSHIMA Takayuki, and Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko] created for the MOT Satellite exhibitions. We hope that by tracing the footsteps of artists from different eras and countries, the works shown here will serve to enhance our perspective on the world, and the society in which we live.

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

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

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

Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko], Fukagawa Journey Series, 2020 / "MOT Collection: Walking, Traveling, Moving ―From the Great Kanto Earthquake to the Present Special feature ", 2023
Photo: Masaru Yanagiba

  • ANZAI Shigeo, Anthony Caro, "Sea Change", 1970[Photographs for "CARO by ANZAï, 1992] 1994, 2014

  • Olafur ELIASSON, Beyond-human resonator, 2019
    Photo: Kazuo Fukunaga
    © Olafur Eliasson

  • KURITA Koichi, POYA DAY - 108 stones on the day of full moon, 1991-99
    Photo: Shizune Shiigi

  • FUKUDA Naoyo, Nine Stories #2, 2003
    Photo: Ichiro Otani

Eye to Eye

The third floor, under the title “Eye to Eye,” focuses on different types of gaze, presenting the painted gaze in the works of artists including Alex KATZ, Roy LICHTENSTEIN, NAKAMURA Hiroshi and NAKAZONO Koji, and involving gaze in, for example, the sculptures and reliefs of TADA Minami and Monir Shahroudy FARMANFARMAIAN using reflective materials. This section also covers a plethora of techniques, with a special emphasis on looking and seeing, including the “camera eye of MATSUE Taiji capturing the workings of cities and nature around the world; and “critical gaze directed on minute landscape details by the video work of Maya WATANABE.

Alex KATZ, Linda, 1989 © Alex Katz / VAGA at ARS, NY / JASPAR, Tokyo 2024 E5486

  • Monir Shahroudy FARMANFARMAIAN, Heptagon, 2008
    Photo: Shizune Shiigi

  • TADA Minami, Phase, 1989
    Photo: Norihiro Ueno

NAKAMURA Hiroshi, Eye from Chiaroscuro, 2015-16

  • NAKAZONO Koji, Post Human, 2007

  • MATSUE Taiji, YOSEMITE 35140, 2023

Maya WATANABE, Liminal, 2019

*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.


ASAKURA Setsu, ANZAI Shigeo, KATSURA Yuki, KANOKOGI Takeshiro, KUSANAGI Shinpei, KUBOTA Shigeko, KURITA Koichi, SUZUKI Kenji, SUEMATSU Masaki, TADA Minami, NAKAZONO Koji, NAKANO Jun, NAKAMURA Hiroshi, NARA Yoshitomo, BITO Yutaka, FUKUDA Naoyo, FUJIMAKI Yoshio, MATSUE Taiji, MATSUMOTO Shunsuke, MITSUSHIMA Takayuki, MIYAWAKI Aiko, YANASE Masamu, Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko], Anthony CARO, Olafur ELIASSON, Monir Shahroudy FARMANFARMAIAN, Alex KATZ, Roy LICHTENSTEIN, Gerhard RICHTER, Andy WARHOL, Maya WATANABE and more


- The first floor presents works from the MOT collection on the theme of “Walking, Traveling, Moving.” This diverse selection spans a century of art, starting with works related to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 such as KANOKOGI Takeshiro’s sketches: After the Great Kanto Earthquake, and moving on to FUJIMAKI Yoshio’s masterful Scenes from the Sumidagawa River, reportage paintings from the postwar period, and Olafur ELIASSON’s Memories from the critical zone (Germany–Poland–Russia–China–Japan no. 1-6), first presented at his solo exhibition at MOT in 2020. This continuation of the exhibition will also mark the first showing of Eliasson’s Beyond-human resonator and KURITA Koichi’s PIECES OF THE EARTH as part of the MOT collection.

- The exhibition also features works added following the “MOT Satellite” shows organized from 2017 to 2020 as part of the museum’s commitment to connecting with the surrounding community, including offerings from KUSANAGI Shinpei (2017), MITSUSHIMA Takayuki (2019), and Wataridori Keikaku [ASO Tomoko, TAKEUCHI Akiko] (2020), and the first collection showing of NAKANO Jun’s Sketches (1974–78), in the process shedding new light on places local to the museum such as Kiyosumi-Shirakawa and Kiba.

- On the third floor, visitors are treated to a range of works from the collection, from paintings to sculptures, photographs and video, this time with a focus on “seeing.” This includes paintings by artists of all ages from Japan and further afield, and works by three female sculptors active in the 1960s. A special feature of this section is the photography of MATSUE Taiji, while a work on video by Maya WATANABE makes its first appearance as part of the MOT collection.


Exhibition Period

Saturday, 6 April – Sunday, 7 July 2024


Mondays (except 29 Apr, 6 May), 30 Apr, 7 May

Opening Hours

10 AM -6 PM (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 "Ho Tzu Nyen: A for Agents","Where My Words Belong" 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.
[Welcome Youth 2024] Those aged under 18 (born after April 2, 2005) can view the exhibition for free between April 6 and 7 by presenting a valid ID at the museum's 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 May 11 and 12.


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