During a turbulent age of Japan’s rapid modernization, artists continued to search for truly epoch-making modes of expression between the traditional Japanese sense of beauty and the culture found in Western art. What masterpieces were created by their efforts? The MOMAT Collection, exhibited in the collection galleries on the second, third, and fourth floors, shows visitors the answers. Each period of time addressed in the exhibition features 200 artworks selected from the collection. Together, they form the only exhibition in Japan that gives visitors an insight into Japanese art spanning more than a century in a single stroke.
This long-awaited major solo show follows his “Zen-Kei: Retrospective 1955–2006” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2006 and it presents about 500 works organized under seven themes to trace the trajectory of his expansive career.