Since his spectacular debut in the early 1980s, Shinro Ohtake (b. 1955) has always been a lead runner with an exceptional creative urge, producing an enormous number of works ranging from painting, printing, drawing, sculpture, videos, and picture books to audio, writing, installation, and huge structures. He has earned an international reputation as a leader in contemporary Japanese art after his participation in the 2012 documenta, and the 2013 Venice Biennale.
The long-awaited exhibition presents under seven themes about 500 items including works shown at international exhibitions and is held at the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo that will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2022. The artist utilizes every material, every image, and every method. While tracing his career that he has maintained for nearly a half century under a theme he calls “what’s already there,” this show presents his works, without sticking to chronology, in a way that enables viewers to be immersed in the world of his art, to offer an opportunity to travel inside his strikingly individual brain that keeps running.


The first major retrospective in sixteen years
The first major solo show after the 2006 Zen-Kei: Retrospective 1955–2006 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo provides a complete view of his nearly a half-century career.

Overwhelming scale and density
Presenting about 500 exhibits including his earliest works, those shown at recent international exhibitions, and latest works produced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the exhibition space will be packed with objets and sound ranging from small handmade books, huge cottage-shaped installations to sound emitted from works.


Seven themes enabling you to experience the world of his art
Organized without sticking to chronology under seven themes—Self/Others, Memory, Time, From One to Another, Dreams/Retina, Layer/Stratum, and Sound—the show offers a space where viewers can be immersed in the world of Ohtake’s art and experience his creative energy.

List of Works


Same-day tickets can be purchased at the National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo ticket counters, while online tickets with a designated date and time can be purchased on etix (


Adults ¥1,500
College/University students ¥1,000

*All prices include tax.
*Admission is free for high school students, under 18, and those with Disability Certificates and one caregiver accompanying each of them. Please present ID at the entrance.
*Including the admission fee for MOMAT Collection.


Shinro Ohtake

Born in Tokyo in 1955. Major solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto / Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito (2019); Parasol unit, London (2014); Takamatsu Art Museum (2013); Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Kagawa (2013); Art Sonje Center, Seoul; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art / Fukuoka Art Museum (2007); and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2006). Group exhibitions include the National Museum of Art, Osaka (2018); the New Museum, New York (2016); and Barbican Art Gallery, London (2016). Among the many international art festivals in which Ohtake has participated are Hawai’i Triennial 2022, the 9th Asia Pacific Triennial (2018), Yokohama Triennale 2014, the 55th Venice Biennale (2013), documenta 13 (2012), the 8th Gwangju Biennale (2010), and The Setouchi Triennale (2010, ‘13, ‘16, ‘19’, ‘22). He has also participated in such historically significant exhibitions as Against Nature: Japanese Art in the Eighties (1989), A Cabinet of Signs: Contemporary Art from Post-modern Japan (1991), and the 1st Asia Pacific Triennial (1993).

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©Shinro Ohtake, photo by Shoko


Shinro Ohtake
November 1, 2022—February 5, 2023
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Time: 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. (Fridays and Saturdays open until 8:00 p.m.)
*Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
Closed: Mondays (except January 2 and 9), December28—January 1, and January 10

Organized by: The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Nippon Television Network Corporation
Sponsored by: Benesse Holdings, Inc.
Fukutake Foundation, Onion Newspaper Corporate, Culture Vision Japan Foundation Inc.
With the special cooperation of: TAKE NINAGAWA


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