Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown

Featuring in addition to the museum’s familiar, select collection numerous new pieces, including commissioned works inspired by items in that collection, “Travelers” mines the ever-expanding possibilities of the art museum. The exhibition includes a number of experimental performances, starting with Allora & Calzadilla’s Lifespan—a groundbreaking acquisition for the museum. So do check out the schedule on the official website, which also contains information of how you can participate; get down to the museum, and take a look for yourself. Lifespan, in which three performers communicate with a small, four-billion-year-old rock, and Tino Sehgal’s This is propaganda are presented daily. Look out too for Heman Chong’s participatory performance piece involving a short story (one person only on designated days; the participant is the only person given access to the story. Bookings required). There is also plenty here to be savored at leisure, including Karin Sander’s audio tour of voices from 143 artists in the collection. Take advantage of the discount for repeat visits: “Travelers” is well worth it.

Editorial Team


Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown

Allora & Calzadilla, Lifespan, 2014, Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka
© Allora & Calzadilla; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

This special exhibition is designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the National Museum of Art, Osaka, which opened in 1977. Through the works of more than 40 Japanese and foreign artists, the exhibition will shed light on various aspects of our society by examining things that have been imbued with time, history, and memory from a wide range of views. It will also consider the future potential of the museum.

Artists (including artworks from collection):
Pipilotti Rist, Jiro Takamatsu, Janet Cardiff & George Bures Miller, Joan Miró , Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Peter Fischli David Weiss, Robert Rauschenberg, Karin Sander, Naoya Hatakeyama, Tomoko Yoneda, Hikaru Fujii, Shinro Ohtake, Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda, Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, Alberto Giacometti, Shigeo Anzaï, Boris Mikhailov, Chia-Wei Hsu , Meiro Koizumi, Theaster Gates, Danh Vo, Yoshihiro Suda, Nairy Baghramian, Tino Sehgal, Allora & Calzadilla, Marina Abramović, Robert Smithson, Paul McCarthy, Vito Acconci, Keiji Uematsu, Kazuo Shiraga, Tetsumi Kudo, Mieko(Chieko) Shiomi, Chu Enoki, Ushio Shinohara, Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Yasumasa Morimura, Saburo Murakami, Chiharu Shiota, Aki Sasamoto, Heman Chong, Kohei Sekigawa, Robert Kusmirowski, Samson Young


Robert Rauschenberg, Solstice, 1968, Collection of The National Museum of Art, Osaka
© Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
Photo provided by NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC]


January 21–May 6, 2018

Opening Hours
10:00-17:00 (10:00-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
*Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Admission Fee
Adults: 1,200 (900) yen University students: 800 (550) yen
* Night discount on 17:00-20:00 Fridays and 17:00-20:00 Saturdays.
Adults: 1,000 yen University students: 700 yen
* Repeat Discount Adults: 600 yen University students: 400 yen
Please keep and submit a used ticket of the exhibition “Travelers: Stepping into the Unknown”.
*( )admission for groups of more than 20 people.
* Admission free for visitors under 18 years old and mentally or physically disabled people with one attendant.
Free admission day: March 31, 2018.


Organized by The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Sponsored by ANDO TADAO CULTURE FOUNDATION, Daikin Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Supported by Adam Mickiewicz Institute

(Visit the website for more information here

Place Option
4-2-55 Nakanoshima, kita-ku, Osaka City
5 minutes walk southwest from Watanabebashi Station (Exit 2) on Keihan Nakanoshima Line; 10 minutes walk west from Higobashi Station (Exit 3) on Subway Yotsubashi Line; 10 minutes walk south from Fukushima Station on JR Osaka Kanjo (Loop) Line, and Shin-Fukushima Station (Exit 2) on JR Tozai Line; 10 minutes walk south from Hanshin Fukushima Station; 15 minutes walk from Yodoyabashi Station on Subway Midosuji Line and Keihan Line; 20 minutes walk southwest from JR Osaka Station or Hankyu Umeda Station.
January 21–May 6, 2018
Mondays, Tuesdays when Monday falls on a national holiday (except May 1, 2018) .