Thematic Exhibitions

Yasuko Iba, A Way of Seeing

July 20 (Sat) – October 9 (Wed), 2019

Yasuko Iba (1967-), fascinated by the world manifesting between her eye and her motif, captures the fleeting scene by depicting the motif’s alluring textures under the play of light. While her style of painting based on photographs never changes, she has in recent years gradually taken a distance from her accustomed motifs. Her interest in space and landscape has grown, and by broadening her view to the scene’s surrounding depths, she is entering a new stage of development. This time, along with paintings created from photos taken at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Iba will display print works and also works of video art, a new field of endeavor for her. The exhibition—her first solo show at a museum in ten years—follows her 2009 exhibition, “Yasuko Iba—Whereness of Brilliance” (The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama). While primarily focused on recent and new works, the exhibition will also display earlier paintings to highlight Yasuko Iba’s changes of these ten years as well as the unchanging core of her interest.

1. New works take primary focus

Iba has engaged in preparing for this exhibition for over three years, ever since plans got underway in spring 2016. Featured will be paintings, print art, and video art—all with a focus on new works. Iba uniformly produces paintings on the basis of photographs she herself takes. Among the works displayed this time—paintings produced on the basis of photographs the artist took at this museum. The light permeating Kunio Mayekawa’s architecture will be reborn through Iba’s lens and brush.

2. Iba’s first efforts in the video medium!

After majoring in print art in university, Iba moved to painting and has since worked in that medium. This time, however, she will present her first video works. Produced using stereopsis (stereo vision), the videos may appear a departure from her paintings of tranquil space filled with light. Yet, at their foundation, as ever, is her interest in phenomena inhabiting the interval between her eye and her subject—light, air, and atmosphere. Works that let us glimpse the essence of Iba’s art.

3. First solo show in 10 years at an art museum. (First at a Tokyo museum!)

Although an artist collected by major museums in Japan and abroad, Iba is also highly regarded by collectors. Many of her works hang in private residences. This time, with the cooperation of numerous collectors, we will display recent and new works of the period since 2004, an important year in the evolution of her style. A chance to view Yasuko Iba works valued by collectors, at a museum.



July 20 (Sat) – October 9 (Wed), 2019
Gallery A, B, C
Mondays, August 13, September 17, 24 (Open the Mondays of August 12, September 9, 16, 23)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
Open 9:30 – 21:00 on Fridays from July 26 to August 30

Tickets at the door |
General ¥800 / College students ¥400 / Seniors 65+ ¥500

Group tickets |
General ¥600
※Group rates - 20 or more people

※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.
※Free admission for visitors 65 and older on “Respect for the Aged Day,” Sep 16 (Mon-hol).
※In each case, please show identification.
※Free admission for everyone on “Citizens Day, ” Oct 1 (Tue).

[Summer Night Museum Discount]
From 17:00 – 21:00 on the Fridays of Jul 26 and Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, general admission is ¥600 and college / vocational school students with valid ID get in free.

[Joint tickets]
At the exhibition entrance, show your ticket (or stub) for any of the exhibitions below for a discount on tickets purchased at the door. (One discount per ticket holder. Multiple discounts cannot be combined.)

Special Exhibition “Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection”
¥300 discount off general admission. A ¥100 discount also available on tickets at the door for “Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection” by showing your ticket (or stub) for this exhibition at the museum’s ticket counter.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, “Interior Decorating in 1933: Architectural Materials and People at the Former Prince Asaka Residence”
¥200 discount off general admission. A ¥180 discount also available on tickets at the door for “Interior Decorating in 1933” by showing your ticket (or stub) for this exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum’s ticket counter.

Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, “Now, it’s time to play”
¥200 discount off general admission. A ¥120 discount also available on tickets at the door for “Now, it’s time to play” by showing your ticket (or stub) for this exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo’s ticket counter.

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)
Special Cooperation with
Gallery Nomart
Cooperation with
MISA SHIN GALLERY, MA2 Gallery, Takashimaya Fine Arts Division, ModuleX Inc.
Special WEB Site


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