The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes

The collection of the National Museum of Art, Osaka numbers over 8,000 items, and a carefully curated selection of these–including numerous new acquisitions–is currently on display in a major exhibition occupying the whole of the museum, as the NMAO explores new ways to show its collection. Taking simple, flexible key words associated with basic elements of the visual arts: point, line and stroke; color; materials and forms; space, light, movement… and subjects, such as people, animals, nature, objects, text and so on, much thought has been given in the curating of this show to the connections and similarities between works. One approach could be to head for any specific works you want to see, while enjoying other suggestions presented by the layout of the show. Through July 1.

Editorial Team


The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes

Kodai Nakahara, Lego, 1990-91,
The National Museum of Art, Osaka

Today the world is flooded with information about every conceivable field, and is growing ever more globalized and diverse. In this environment, museums’ conventional procedures for storing and exhibiting art by era or by region are becoming ineffective. In Europe and North America, museums of contemporary art have been holding an increasing number of thematically organized exhibitions. This exhibition presents works from the National Museum of Art, Osaka’s collection, grouped according to 19 themes. These themes are ones that enable viewers to stop, think, and find new meanings, and can be roughly divided into “elements of works” and “subjects depicted in works.” The art on view is diverse, ranging from iconic works that embody certain themes to selections that may surprise you, and includes around 50 new acquisitions. The basic frameworks by which we classify art – era, region, genre – are taken into account, but combinations and juxtapositions highlight connections among widely varied works of art. This special exhibition of works from the collection seeks not merely to reconfirm what each viewer already knows about art, but to elicit new discoveries and offer opportunities to think about art from new angles.

Barnett Newman, Piero Manzoni, Jiro Takamatsu, Agnes Martin, Imi Knoebel, Teppei Soutome, Frank Stella, Joseph Kosuth, Tomoharu Murakami, Marc Quinn, Rei Naito, Futo Akiyoshi, Richard Tuttle, Lynda Benglis, Kodai Nakahara, Ushio Shinohara, Yu Araki, Richard Aldrich, Henry Moore, Aiko Miyawaki, Kenjiro Okazaki, Yuji Takeoka, Kazuo Okazaki, Dan Flavin, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Anton Henning, Mike Kelley, Marcel Duchamp, Tetsumi Kudo, Daan Van Golden, Naoya Hatakeyama, Tony Oursler, Ryan Gander, Wols, Jim Dine, Tomio Miki, Laurie Simmons, Thomas Ruff, Ilya Kabakov, Jan Dibbets, Nobuo Sekine, Roy Lichtenstein, Tiger Tateishi (Koichi・Taigaa) , Stephan Balkenhol, Yoshishige Saito, Lucio Fontana, Sigmar Polke, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Anthony Caro, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Bertrand Lavier, Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, Oliver Beer, Pablo Picasso, Jean Fautrier, Alberto Giacometti, Georg Baselitz, Richard Hamilton, John Currin, Luc Tuymans, Marino Marini, Jean-Pierre Raynaud, Katsura Funakoshi, Erwin Wurm, Yoshitatsu Yanagihara, Kazuo Yagi, Daido Moriyama, Tatsumi Yoshino, Tam Ochiai, Kiki Smith, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Toshio Shibata, Man Ray, Giorgio Morandi, Arman, Rachel Whiteread, Takanobu Kobayashi, Eri Takayanagi, Kiyoshi Koishi, Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Tony Cragg, Ryuji Miyamoto, Kazuyuki Takezaki, Hamish Fulton, On Kawara, Edward Ruscha, Ryuichi Yamashiro, Andy Warhol, Tadanori Yokoo, Sherrie Levine, Shinji Ogawa, Marcel Broodthaers, Ute Lindner, Candida Höfer, Mel Ziegler, Hisachika Takahashi, U-Fan Lee, Donald Judd, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Saburo Muraoka, Niele Toroni, Max Ernst, Morris Louis, Sadamasa Motonaga, Yukinori Yanagi, Bernard Frize, Yuki Onodera, Wolfgang Tillmans


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


◼︎Admission Fee
Adults: 900 (600) yen, university students: 500 (250) yen.
*( )admission for groups of more than 20 people.
* Admission free for visitors under 18 years old and mentally or physically disa-bled people with one attendant.

Night discount on 17:00-20:00 Fridays and 17:00-20:00 Saturdays.
Adults: 700 yen, university students: 400 yen.

Free admission day: June 2, 2018.

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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.