Special Exhibitions 2022-23

“40th Anniversary Exhibition Is the door open? Tracing the 40-year history of MOMAS and its collections”

The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama, which opened on 3 November 1982, will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2022. This exhibition will present works and materials the museum has collected over the past 40 years from a variety of perspectives. As well as thinking about new approaches to understanding the collection, we will take a look at the future vision of the museum.

February 5 (Saturday),2022 – May 15 (Sunday)

Adults: 1,000 yen
High school and university students: 800 yen

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“The 70th Anniversary Saitama Prefectural Art Exhibition”

This is the largest public exhibition in the prefecture with a vast number of exhibits.
This year marks its 70th anniversary.
Around 2,000 works will be on display, including selected works chosen by the jury.
Category│Japanese-style Painting, Western-style Painting, Sculpture, Crafts, Calligraphy, Photography

June 1 (Wednesday) – June 23  (Thursday)

Adults: Free
High school and university students: Free

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“Seattle → Paris: Yasushi Tanaka and His Times”

Tanaka Yasushi (1886-1941) was born in Iwatsuki and moved to Seattle when he was 18 years old as an immigrant. There he studied painting while working, and began his career as a painter.
After moving to Paris in 1920, he exhibited constantly at the Salon d'Automne and other exhibitions to build his reputation and developed his own art, focusing on portraits and nudes.
This exhibition looks back on Tanaka's artistic career through his works and materials in the museum's collection, along with works by his contemporaries, including artists from Ecole de Paris.

July 16 (Saturday) – October 2 (Sunday)

Adults: 900 yen
High school and university students: 720 yen

(English)PRESS RELEASE(Yasushi Tanaka and His Times).pdf

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“Passport to Shangri-la”

To experience art is to also experience time and space far removed from the present place in which we stand.
This exhibition tries to create a new realm where the works of currently active artists and the museum's collection diverge.
By displaying the collection juxtaposed with works of art and items from various periods and genres, the exhibition explores the power of art that transcends time and space.

October 22 (Saturday) – January 29 (Sunday),2023

Adults: 1,200 yen
High school and university students: 960 yen

(English)PRESS RELEASE(Passport to Shangri-La).pdf

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“Toya Shigeo”

Toya Shigeo (1947-) began his career as a sculptor in the 1970s and has been a leading force of sculptural expression in postwar Japanese art.
This exhibition introduces his earlier works as well as his representative works including “Woods” and “Minimal Baroque” series, and looks back on his entire artistic activities.

February 25 (Saturday) – May 14  (Sunday)

Adults: 1,200 yen
High school and university students: 960 yen

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MOMAS Collection 2022-23

1st Term: April 30 (Saturday),2022 – August 28 (Sunday)


We introduce the work of Renoir and other masterpieces from the MOMAS Collection.

“Expressing Utopia through Design―From Italy in the 1960s and 70s.”

Italy in the 1960s and 70s reexamined material culture and living environment through design.
The exhibition introduces that movement through design chairs and related materials.

“Special Feature: Microcosm of SON Ah-Yoo”

SON Ah-Yoo (1949-2002) consistently worked with philosophical thought such as genesis and extinction, trace and absence.
The exhibition explores the thoughts and practice of the artist through his group of small works donated by Ha Jung Woong, a collector in the prefecture.

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2nd Term: September 3 (Saturday) – November 27 (Sunday)


We introduce the work of Picasso and other masterpieces from the MOMAS Collection.

“Recent Acquisitions”

We will exhibit donated works which were newly acquired last year, such as works by Nomiyama Gyoji and Akioka Miho. 

“Waiting for the Moon--Night Views in Japanese-style Paintings”

Focusing on the expression of light in Japanese-style paintings, the exhibition features works by various painters including Yokoyama Taikan and Morita Tsunetomo.

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3rd Term: December 3 (Saturday) – February 26, 2023 (Sunday)


We introduce the work of Chagall and other masterpieces from the MOMAS Collection.

“Round and Around”

A collection of works with motifs of circles and spheres, as well as works which rotate.
Surrender yourself to the magnetism of the works and enjoy the mesmerizing world of geometry.

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4th Term: March 4 (Saturday) – May 7 (Sunday)


We introduce the work of Monet and other masterpieces from the MOMAS Collection.

“Kurata Hakuyo and Morita Tsunetomo”

Born in the same year, painters Kurata Hakuyo (1881-1938) and Morita Tsunetomo (1881-1933) were close friends and both are associated with Saitama.
The exhibition traces their artistic activities and friendship through their works and documents.

“Okuhara Seiko / Kikuzawa Buko”

Nanga painter, Okuhara Seiko (First Exhibition) and Japanese-style painter, Kikuzawa Buko (Second Exhibition).
The two exhibitions will feature the two painters associated with Saitama respectively. 

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Artist project

Artist project #2.06 Takahashi Sen

Having started his career in conservation and restoration of modern and contemporary sculptures, Takahashi has been expressing finiteness, disappearance, and sometimes death, focusing on the transformations of the substances used as materials for his works and the time encapsulated within them.
This exhibition features, Takahashi’s series of installations, including his latest works based on his interests up to the present, which will be displayed in various locations in the museum.

July 16 (Saturday),2022 – October 2 (Sunday)

Adults: Free
High school and university students: Free

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