MOT Collection: Postwar Art in Close-Up
Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (東京都現代美術館)
4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 135-0022, Japan
The “MOT Collection,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s permanent exhibition, each term displays about 100 artworks selected from the museum’s some 4,800-piece collection. In this way, MOT enables a wide range of perspectives on postwar contemporary art.
Our 20th anniversary year, 2015, also marks 70 years since the end of World War II. In commemoration, the MOT Collection this time looks at “Postwar Art in Close-Up.”
In its first permanent exhibition twenty years ago, MOT traced the history of postwar contemporary art since 1945. Several themes were established under which to examine individual artworks. This time, the MOT Collection returns to that objective and looks freshly at collected works from the basic perspectives of history, materials, and expressive style.
The first floor of the exhibition provides a historical overview of the development of postwar art. Artworks to a large degree reflect the conditions of the times they were created in, but they also rise above their times to speak to us here and now. Placing an artwork in its historical context helps us understand it, while appreciating the artwork’s effect–an aspect that transcends historical categorization–can lead to true enjoyment and feelings of joy.
Our third-floor displays look at art materials, the most fundamental element in an artwork’s creation. Placing our focus once again on wood and stone–two expressive media long used in art production, we explore their use in contemporary art expression, in five galleries. As a variation on our 2011 MOT Collection, “A Time of Trees, a Time of Stone,” we present a new selection of works, mixing in newly acquired pieces, so as to offer visitors the pleasure of an ongoing conversation with artworks through repeated encounters, as is possible only in a permanent exhibition.
Hideko Fukushima, Chimei Hamada, Chozaburo Inoue, Shigeo Ishi, Yuki Katsura, Yasuo Kazuki, Tetsumi Kudo, Minoru Nakahara, Oscar Oiwa, Kumi Sugai, Tadashi Sugimata, Masao Tsuruoka, Tadanori Yokoo, Kiyokazu Yonetani, etc.
Takako Araki, Cai Guo-Qiang, Toshikatsu Endo, Naoyo Fukuda, Naoki Ishikawa, Koichi Kurita, Lee Ufan, Agnes Martin, Aiko Miyawaki, Junichi Mori, Gabriel Orozco, Bartholomäus Traubeck, Kimio Tsuchiya, etc.