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The MoMAK
Collection

Since we were first established as the The Annex Museum of the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo, the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MoMAK) has been collecting outstanding works of art as well as related books and materials, with particular emphasis on nihonga (Japanese-style painting) and crafts, in line with our institutional policy.

TAKEUCHI Seiho, Spring Snow, 1942

TAKEUCHI Seiho, Spring Snow, 1942

IRIE Hako, Herb Gathering in Spring,1928

IRIE Hako, Herb Gathering in Spring, 1928

UEMURA Shoen, Preparing to Dance,1914

UEMURA Shoen, Preparing to Dance, 1914

MURAKAMI Kagaku, Avalokitesvara, The Sacred Lotus, 1930

MURAKAMI Kagaku, Avalokitesvara, The Sacred Lotus, 1930

TSUCHIDA Bakusen, Oharame (Woman Peddlers from Ohara), 1927

TSUCHIDA Bakusen, Oharame (Woman Peddlers from Ohara), 1927

TAKEUCHI Seiho, Hazy Moon, 1928

TAKEUCHI Seiho, Hazy Moon, 1928

MURAKAMI Kagaku, Autumn-tinted Mountain, 1939

MURAKAMI Kagaku, Autumn-tinted Mountain, 1939

TOMITA Keisen, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo, 1926

TOMITA Keisen, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo, 1926

Piet Mondrian, Composition No. 1, 1929

Piet Mondrian, Composition No. 1, 1929

Henri Matisse, Small Blue Dress before a Mirror, 1937

Henri Matisse, Small Blue Dress before a Mirror, 1937

KISHIDA Ryusei, Reiko Playing Shamisen, 1923

KISHIDA Ryusei, Reiko Playing Shamisen, 1923

YASUI Sotaro, Seated Woman, 1930

YASUI Sotaro, Seated Woman, 1930

HASEGAWA Saburo, Locus of a Butterfly, 1937

HASEGAWA Saburo, Locus of a Butterfly, 1937

TAMURA Soryu, Seashore Landscape, 1903

TAMURA Soryu, Seashore Landscape, 1903

ASAI Chu, Laundry on the Banks of Loing River, 1901

ASAI Chu, Laundry on the Banks of Loing River, 1901

TOTORI Eiki, Behind Shin'nyodo, 1906

TOTORI Eiki, Behind Shin'nyodo, 1906

TANAKA Zen'nosuke, Kamo River and its Vicinity in the Morning, 1907

TANAKA Zen'nosuke, Kamo River and its Vicinity in the Morning, 1907

CHIGUSA Soun, Spring in Naniwa(View of Port), 1911

CHIGUSA Soun, Spring in Naniwa(View of Port), 1910

KISHIDA Ryusei, Portrait of Shibakawa Terukichi, 1919

KISHIDA Ryusei, Portrait of Shibakawa Terukichi, 1919

Jean (Hans) Arp, 7 Arpaden: Arp-Mappe (Merz. no. 5), 1923

Jean (Hans) Arp, 7 Arpaden: Arp-Mappe (Merz. no. 5), 1923

ONCHI Koshiro, Moon Reflection VI, 1914

ONCHI Koshiro, Moon Reflection VI, 1914

TANINAKA Yasunori, Flying Train, 1933

TANINAKA Yasunori, Flying Train, 1933

TAKEHISA Yumeji, Poster of Zontag, Book of Kouta [Song] with Illustrations, 1913

TAKEHISA Yumeji, Poster of Zontag, Book of Kouta [Song] with Illustrations, 1913

HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, Le vent (d'après une poésie de Yeats), 1915

HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, Le vent (d'après une poésie de Yeats), 1915

NOJIMA Yasuzo, Title unknown, 1930

NOJIMA Yasuzo, Title unknown, 1930年

Jean-Eugene-Auguste ATGET, Boutique #91, 1910

Jean-Eugene-Auguste ATGET, Boutique #91, 1910

Edward Weston, Nude, 1936

Edward Weston, Nude, 1936

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936

Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother, 1936

Alfred Stieglitz, The Terminal, 1892

Alfred Stieglitz, The Terminal, 1892

Robert Capa, Spain, 1936

Robert Capa, Spain, 1936

Wallace Nutting, The Daguerreotype, 1900

Wallace Nutting, The Daguerreotype, 1900

TOMIMOTO Kenkichi, Large ornamental jar, porcelain, pattern of ferns, overglaze enamels and gold, 1960

TOMIMOTO Kenkichi, Large ornamental jar, porcelain, pattern of ferns, overglaze enamels and gold, 1960

KITAOJI Rosanjin, Bowl with design of Camellia, overglaze enamels and gold, 1955

KITAOJI Rosanjin, Bowl with design of Camellia, overglaze enamels and gold, 1955

KIYOMIZU Rokuwa (Rokubei V), Square Vase with Orchid Design with Blue Underglaze, 1924

KIYOMIZU Rokuwa (Rokubei V), Square Vase with Orchid Design with Blue Underglaze, 1924

KUSUBE Yaichi, Flower Vase, “Cool Morning”, Saien technique, 1983

KUSUBE Yaichi, Flower Vase, "Cool Morning", Saien technique, 1983

YAGI Kazuo, Distance, 1974

YAGI Kazuo, Distance, 1974

KAMODA Shoji, Painted Rectangular Flat Vase, 1972

KAMODA Shoji, Painted Rectangular Flat Vase, 1972

SHIMIZU Nanzan, Casket with design of Lion, 1928

SHIMIZU Nanzan, Casket with design of Lion, 1928

KITAHARA Senroku, Ornament, helmet, Beginning Showa Period

KITAHARA Senroku, Ornament, helmet, Beginning Showa Period

TOYODA Katsuaki, Wide-mouthed Vase, 1937

TOYODA Katsuaki, Wide-mouthed Vase, 1937

NOBUTA Yo, Kettle for Evaporation, 1934

NOBUTA Yo, Kettle for Evaporation, 1934

AKATSUKA Jitoku, Inkstone Box and Writing Desk with design of Bamboo Grove, 1923

AKATSUKA Jitoku, Inkstone Box and Writing Desk with design of Bamboo Grove, 1923

MATSUDA Gonroku, Casket with Red Dragonflies design in maki-e, 1969

MATSUDA Gonroku, Casket with Red Dragonflies design in maki-e, 1969

SUGIBAYASHI Kokou / Design: ASAI Chu, Letter Box with Hens and Plum Blossoms, 1906

SUGIBAYASHI Kokou / Design: ASAI Chu, Letter Box with Hens and Plum Blossoms, 1906

KAMISAKA Yukichi, Desk with Crane Nibbling on Pine over Waves, Taisho Period

KAMISAKA Yukichi, Desk with Crane Nibbling on Pine over Waves, Taisho Period

OTOMARU Kodo, Box with Design of Morning Glory, 1940

OTOMARU Kodo, Box with Design of Morning Glory, 1940

BAN'URA Shogo, Shelf, Autumn Evening Design in maki-e, 1930

BAN'URA Shogo, Shelf, Autumn Evening Design in maki-e, 1930

HIMI Kodo, Octagonal tray, 1966

HIMI Kodo, Octagonal tray, 1966

KURODA Tatsuaki, Varnished Cabinet, 1966

KURODA Tatsuaki, Varnished Cabinet, 1966

IIZUKA Rokansai, Flower Basket entitled “Nobleness”, c. 1926

IIZUKA Rokansai, Flower Basket entitled “Nobleness”, c. 1926

IIZUKA Shokansai, Ornamental Bamboo Box of Lozenge Pattern, 1974

IIZUKA Shokansai, Ornamental Bamboo Box of Lozenge Pattern, 1974

INAGAKI Toshijiro, Screen of Green Maple Tree, 1948

INAGAKI Toshijiro, Screen of Green Maple Tree, 1948

OGO Tomonosuke, Screen, “Tree”, 1960

OGO Tomonosuke, Screen, “Tree”, 1960

MORIGUCHI Kako, Kimono Furisode (long sleeves) type, Plum Orchard, 1964

MORIGUCHI Kako, Kimono Furisode (long sleeves) type, Plum Orchard, 1964

TABATA Kihachi III, Long-sleeved kimono, Phoenix and Paulownia Motif, 1954

TABATA Kihachi III, Long-sleeved kimono, Phoenix and Paulownia Motif, 1954

KIMURA Uzan, Kimono “Flowers”, Yuzen Dyeing, 1965

KIMURA Uzan, Kimono “Flowers”, Yuzen Dyeing, 1965

SERIZAWA Keisuke, Kimono of Fish Design, Stencil Dyeing, 1968

SERIZAWA Keisuke, Kimono of Fish Design, Stencil Dyeing, 1968

Thomas Struth, Louvre 4, Paris, 1989

Thomas Struth, Louvre 4, Paris, 1989

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Poliscar, 1991

Krzysztof Wodiczko, Poliscar, 1991

NOMURA Hitoshi, A Special Room for “Flowers”, 1970–76

NOMURA Hitoshi, A Special Room for “Flowers”, 1970-76

MORIMURA Yasumasa, Doublonnage (Marcel), 1988

MORIMURA Yasumasa, Doublonnage (Marcel), 1988

Special Collections MoMAK has acquired several substantial groups of works formerly belonging to collectors, artists and others.

AOKI Shgeru, Head of a Woman, 1904 AOKI Shgeru, Head of a Woman,
1904
The Shibakawa Collection

This collection consists of approximately 180 works and related materials bequeathed by Shibakawa Terukichi (1871-1923), who supported young yoga (Western-style) painters and crafts artisans while working at the Tokyo branch of Shibakawa Shoten, a prosperous Osaka textile trading house. It includes paintings and drawings by Aoki Shigeru, Kishida Ryusei, Ishii Hakutei, Sakamoto Hanjiro, and Ogawa Senyo, as well as crafts by Fujii Tatsukichi, Tomimoto Kenkichi, Bernard Leach, and Kawai Unosuke, and related materials such as books formerly in the Shibakawa collection.

AOKI Shgeru, Head of a Woman,
1904
KAWAI Kanjiro, White Flat Jar of Grass and Flower Design, 1939 KAWAI Kanjiro, White Flat Jar of Grass and Flower Design,
1939
The Kawakatsu Collection

This collection of 425 works conveys a comprehensive picture of the entire career of Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966), a central figure in The Mingei (Folk Art) movement who dedicated his life to creative activities and ceramics in particular. The collection was donated by Kawai’s friend and long-time supporter Kawakatsu Kenichi. It includes important works from all phases of Kawai’s career from the earliest years until his death, and also serves as a paramount body of reference materials for research on Kawai.

KAWAI Kanjiro, White Flat Jar of Grass and Flower Design,
1939
TAKEHISA, Yumeji, Senoo Gakufu No.44 “Beautiful Light”, 1917 TAKEHISA, Yumeji, Senoo Gakufu No.44 "Beautiful Light",
1917
The Kawanishi Hide Collection

This collection consists of approximately 1,000 works and reference materials collected by Kobe-based print artist Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965). One third of them are the works and materials by or on Takehisa Yumeji, who was a mentor to the self-taught Kawanishi and with whom he had extensive correspondence. In addition to sosaku hanga (creative prints) by Onchi Koshiro, Yamamoto Kanae, and Kawakami Sumio, it also includes prints by avant-garde artists such as Murayama Tomoyoshi, Michinao Takamizawa and Varvara Bubnova.

TAKEHISA, Yumeji, Senoo Gakufu No.44 "Beautiful Light",
1917
IKEDA Masuo, The Seven Deadly Sins, 1972 IKEDA Masuo, The Seven Deadly Sins,
1972
The M & Y Collection

This collection of approximately 800 works by Ikeda Masuo (1934-1997), one of Japan’s foremost postwar printmakers, from early to late in his career, was a gift in 2007 from the artist’s longtime partner, Sato Yoko, and their office, the M & Y Office. It includes representative works shown at international exhibitions such as the International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo, which marked Ikeda’s debut, and early miniature books.

IKEDA Masuo, The Seven Deadly Sins,
1972
HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, Nature morte à la boule de verre, 1959 HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, Nature morte à la boule de verre,
1959
Prints of Hasegawa Kiyoshi

Hasegawa Kiyoshi (1891-1980), a painter and printmaker active in France, personally selected approximately 180 of his own most prized works from his collection. Hasegawa employed a wide variety of techniques, and this body of work enables viewers to trace the arc of his creative development, from rare early woodcuts created as literary magazine covers and illustrations to prints created with manière noire (mezzotint), drypoint, etching, aquatint and other techniques.

HASEGAWA Kiyoshi, Nature morte à la boule de verre,
1959
IDA Shoichi, La Vie en Rose, 1973 IDA Shoichi, La Vie en Rose,
1973
Prints of Ida Shoichi

Approximately 260 works by Ida Shoichi (1941-2006), a printmaker based in Kyoto, were received all at once as a gift from Ida Shoichi Studio in 2011. In addition to major lithography and silkscreen works from the 1960s and 1970s, which earned high acclaim both in Japan and abroad, it includes works from his ongoing series Surface is the Between, and aquatint masterworks produced at the American printmaking studio Crown Point Press.

IDA Shoichi, La Vie en Rose,
1973
Felice “Lizzi” Ueno-Rix, Wallpaper <Vicia>, before 1928 Felice "Lizzi" Ueno-Rix, Wallpaper <Vicia>,
before 1928
The Isaburo & Felice “Lizzi” Ueno-Rix Collection

In fiscal 2006, MoMAK received approximately 700 materials including architectural drawings, wallpaper, cloisonné and other crafts, and reference materials from the Kyoto Interactive School of Art (originally established in 1963 as the International Design Institute by the married couple of architect Ueno Isaburo and decorative artist Felice Rix-Ueno).

Felice "Lizzi" Ueno-Rix, Wallpaper <Vicia>,
before 1928
NAMIKAWA Yasuyuki, Plate with cherry blossoms and butterflies, Meiji Period NAMIKAWA Yasuyuki, Plate with cherry blossoms and butterflies,
Meiji Period
Meiji Arts and Crafts Collection

This collection of crafts from the Meiji (1868-1912) and Taisho (1912-1926) eras, including outstanding works by Imperial Household Artists, was acquired intensively from 2016 to 2018. It consists of a total of 169 works using a variety of techniques and materials such as porcelain, cloisonné, metalwork, lacquerware, textiles, and ivory, primarily consisting of “crafts for overseas export” manufactured under the industrial growth policy of the day.

NAMIKAWA Yasuyuki, Plate with cherry blossoms and butterflies,
Meiji Period
Gustav Klimt, Ex Libris for the Vienna Secession, c.1900 Gustav Klimt, Ex Libris for the Vienna Secession,
c.1900
Fin-de-Siècle Viennese Graphic Design Collection

The museum purchased this collection of 302 graphic arts items all at once in 2015. It includes drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, as well as woodcuts and original drawings of Koloman Moser, copies of the magazine Ver Sacrum and various types of book-bindings. It is a rare collection that offers a bird’s-eye view of Viennese graphic design in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (c.1867-1914), with a focus on the Viennese Secession movement.

Gustav Klimt, Ex Libris for the Vienna Secession,
c.1900
Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage, 1907 Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage,
1907
The Arnold Gilbert Collection

The Chicago couple Arnold and Temmie Gilbert amassed a collection of some 1,050 photographs over the course of 20 years. It was a gift to the museum in 1986 from the Kyocera Corporation. The collection contains many masterpieces of modern photographic history by photographers including Ansel Adams, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Edward Weston, most of which are original prints made by the artists themselves.

Alfred Stieglitz, The Steerage,
1907
NOJIMA Yasuzo, Miss Chikako Hosokawa, 1932 NOJIMA Yasuzo, Miss Chikako Hosokawa,
1932
Photographs of Nojima Yasuzo

This group of approximately 260 works conveys the full creative range of Nojima Yasuzo (1889-1964), one of the most important figures in modern Japanese photography known for his work in the pictorialist style. It was a gift from the Nojima Yasuzō Isaku Hozonkai (Society for the Preservation of Nojima Yasuzo's Works). In addition to precious original prints deliberately employing old-fashioned techniques such as bromoil printing, and silver prints inspired by new trends in German photography, it was includes related materials such as photographs documenting exhibitions he held at his home for artists who were his contemporaries, such as Kishida Ryusei and Tomimoto Kenkichi.

NOJIMA Yasuzo, Miss Chikako Hosokawa,
1932
W. Eugene Smith, The Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946 W. Eugene Smith, The Walk to Paradise Garden,
1946
The Aileen M. Smith Collection

This is a collection of works by W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978), the American photographer who left an indelible mark on the history of photojournalism. It includes approximately 280 works covering nearly all of his classic series of photographic essays published in the pictorial magazine Life, from World War II to Minamata, carefully selected and stored by Aileen Mioko Smith, his former wife and partner in documenting the Minamata industrial disaster.

W. Eugene Smith, The Walk to Paradise Garden,
1946