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The history of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo's collection dates back to 1926 when the Tokyo Prefectural Art Museum first opened in Ueno Park. The activities of this institution were inherited by the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, which built up a collection of approximately 3,000 art works that was in turn passed on to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo when it opened. Today, this collection, together with other newly acquired numerous works, from both Japan and abroad, is utilized as the 'MOT Collection'. In addition to systematically collecting postwar art from a historical viewpoint, we also work positively to gather works by young artists that provide a well-defined view of current trends in art, and the collection currently contains as many as 5,500 works. One of the greatest attractions of the MOT Collection is that it focuses on pioneering works that created the innovative trends in different periods. To collect works on a regular basis and preserve them for future generations can be said to be one of the fundamental activities of a museum.

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Still Life (Pheasant)

AI-MITSU

1941

Don't Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River

Francis ALŸS

2008

1963

ASAKURA Setsu

1963

On view

Gyroscope of the Sun

Arnaldo POMODORO

1988

Pastoral

Ay-O

1956

Archieves of the Dead Swiss

Christian BOLTANSKI

1990

On view

Tower of Discovery

Anthony CARO

1991

On view

Like A Snail B

Richard DEACON

1987-96

Twisted

Marlene DUMAS

1996

Siren (Fire Lookout)

FUJIMAKI Yoshio

1929

Work

FUKUSHIMA Hideko

1958

Slow Pendulum

FUNAKOSHI Katsura

1992

Rectangular Cell with Underground Conduit

Peter HALLEY

1986

Web

Mona HATOUM

2007

A Lawn Sprinkler

David HOCKNEY

1967

TOKYO SUBURBIA: Boy-1, Tokyo

HOMMA Takashi

1995-98

data.matrix [no1-10]

IKEDA Ryoji

2009

#1 from "1906 to the skin"

ISHIUCHI Miyako

1991-93

Untitled

Donald JUDD

1973

September 1, 1923

KANOKOGI Takeshiro

n.d.

Resistance

KATSURA Yuki

1952

APR.8,1981, from "Today" series, 1966-2013

KAWARA On

1981

Alas! Heisoku-kan (Raging Battle-ship the Dead-End)

KAZAMA Sachiko

2012

Slave Genealogy (coin)

KIKUHATA Mokuma

1961/1983

Self-Portrait

KISHIDA Ryusei

1912

Unnamed #18

KOBAYASHI Masato

2000

Confluent Reaction in Plane Circulation Substance

KUDO Tetsumi

1958-59

Pacific Ocean

KUSAMA Yayoi

1960

From Line

LEE Ufan

1973

Girl with Hair Ribbon

Roy LICHTENSTEIN

1965

Events Ashore series, Damage Control Training, USS Nashville, Dakar, Senegal

An-My LÊ

2009

Dry Figure on Chair

Mark MANDERS

2011-15

Acceleration + Dream + Fantasy

Mario MERZ

1972/1998

[Title Unknown]

MISHIMA Kimiyo

1971

Keep Changing, Connect with Everything, Continue Forever

MIYAJIMA Tatsuo

1998

Portrait (Shonen 1, 2, 3)

MORIMURA Yasumasa

1988

Birth of Venus

NAKAHARA Minoru

1924

5th Sunagawa

NAKAMURA Hiroshi

1955

Sayon

NARA Yoshitomo

2006

PixCell-Deer #17

NAWA Kohei

2009

Rubbish Men

OHTAKE Shinro

1987

White Os (Car) - Forest

Oscar OIWA

2000

Tokyo Station [from "A Hundred Views of New Tokyo"]

ONCHI Koshiro

1931

Beyond-human resonator

Olafur Eliasson

2019

Siamese Smile: May I Come In?

Chatchai PUIPIA

1995

Elisabeth

Gerhard RICHTER

1965

Rolex Learning Center, EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland

SEJIMA Kazuyo + NISHIZAWA Ryue / SANAA

2010

BIRTH

SHIOYASU Tomoko

2012

The Second (Tenkosei-Roshi: A Hero of a Chinese Romance)

SHIRAGA Kazuo

1962

Prolonged Exposure to Agitation

Schahzia SIKANDER

2009

Partition of Realm

SUGA Kishio

1982

the plane

SUGITO Hiroshi

1996-97

On view

An Encouragement of Dawdling; "o to da te" and "no zo mi"

SUZUKI Akio

2018-2019

Frequency 37306505

TADA Minami

1965

On view

Under Reconstruction / MOT "Stone pavement slope"

TAKADA Akiko & Masako

2014

Work (Hoops)

TANAKA Atsuko

1963

Pick up something from FRAC Champagne-Ardenne and bring it into the city, then make some noise

TANAKA Koki

2006

UNTITLED 90-14

TATSUNO Toeko

1990

Layered Picture - Sewn Together

TEZUKA Aiko

2008

ball sheet ball

TOMII Motohiro

2006

Death of the Kiln of the Elephant of the Wood

TOYA Shigeo

1989

Heavy Hand

TSURUOKA Masao

1949

Untitle

Claude VIALLAT

1979

A Dark Night's Flashing: From the Red Darkness

YOKOO Tadanori

2001

Untitled

YOSHIHARA Jiro

1962