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‘MOT Collection: Postwar Art in Close-Up’

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO

by Ayaki Kimura

Staff Writer

July 18-Oct. 12

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and its own 20th anniversary with a “Postwar Art in Close-up” show of works drawn from its collection.

Tracing the progression of art since World War II, the exhibition features works created over the past 70 years, split between two floors of the museum. The first floor follows changes in art since the end of the war with works that not only shed light on the economic and political situation of the times, but also resonate with people today. Artists featured include Shigeo Ishii, Yuki Katsura and Chimei Hamada.

The exhibition continues on the third floor with contemporary pieces featuring wood and stone, mediums that have existed since the beginning of artistic practices. A highlight is Endo Toshikatsu’s “Izumi,” a 20-meter-long wooden installation that is being displayed for the first time in 14 years.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo; 4-1-1 Miyoshi, Koto-ku, Tokyo. Kiyosumishirakawa Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. until 9 p.m.) ¥500. Closed Mon. 03-5245-4111; www.mot-art-museum.jp