Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre, 2000-02, Oil on canvas, 196 x 296cm, ©Peter Doig. The Art Institute of Chicago, Gift of Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal, 2003. 433. All rights reserved, DACS & JASPAR 2020 C3120

2020.2.26.WED - 6.14.SUN 東京国立近代美術館 The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.

First solo exhibition in Japan
by contemporary Scottish
“painter’s painter”

Painter of romantic, but uncanny, landscapes, Peter Doig (b. 1959) has been named one of the most important artists in the world today. Doig produces paintings that combine diverse imagery from the compositions and motifs of works by modern painters such as Gauguin, Van Gogh, Matisse and Munch, to scenes from films, advertising graphics, and the landscapes of places he has lived, such as Canada and Trinidad.

Our mystical fascination with Doig’s paintings may be attributed to the artist’s use of images seemingly seen somewhere, to present worlds we have most certainly never seen. Inviting viewers on a journey of the imagination through painting, this long-awaited first solo exhibition by Peter Doig in Japan covers the artist’s career from early work to latest offerings.

Who is Peter Doig ?

Who is Peter Doig ?

Peter Doig


Born in 1959 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Doig spent his childhood and teenage years in Trinidad and Canada. He earned his MA from London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design in 1990, and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1994. Doig has been based in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) since 2002. He has had solo exhibitions at top museums around the world including Tate Britain (London), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Scottish National Gallery (Edinburgh), Fondation Beyeler (Basel/Riehen), and the Secession Building (Vienna). Hugely influential among artists of his own generation and younger, Doig is frequently described as a “painter’s painter.”

Imagery to ignite the imagination

Composed of assorted images, Doig’s works feel like scenes we have seen before sometime, somewhere, and as such serve to spark our imaginations. Moreover his motifs, such as canoes and human figures, appear in different works in different colors and forms, and noting these motifs and finding links between his works extends our imaginative horizons beyond the bounds of any single painting.

Rich, vibrant landscapes,
including those of Japan

Peter Doig’s depiction of landscapes extends from Canadian lakeshores to the seas of Trinidad and Tobago, and even the ski slopes of Niseko in Japan. He also uses movie stills for reference, and has produced paintings that recall Ozu Yasujiro’s Tokyo Story.

Large, arresting canvases

This exhibition will feature several large works, including expansive canvases over three meters wide; the kind of scale that books and smartphones could never convey, and that can only be fully appreciated in person at the museum.



Adults ¥1,700(1,500)
University / College students ¥1,100(900)
High school students ¥600(400)
  • All prices include tax.
  • The Price in brackets is for advance tickets or the group of 20 persons or more.
  • Junior High School age and under are free of charge.
  • Persons with disability and one person accompanying each of them are admitted free of charge.
  • The admission fee to this exhibition also entitles you to see the MOMAT collection (4th to 2nd floors) and “Kitawaki Noboru: To See the Universe in a Seed” (2nd Floor)

Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Exhibition Title
Peter Doig
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
Art Museum Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)
3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8322
February 26 - June 14, 2020
Mondays ( except March 30 and May 4, 2020 ), and May 7, 2020
10:00-17:00 ( Fridays and Saturdays open until 20:00 )
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Yomiuri Shimbun
PIA Corporation
Special Sponsors
The George Economou Collection, Michael Werner Gallery
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd
The YAGEO Foundation, Light and Licht Ltd.
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3 minutes walk from 1b exit, Takebashi station, Subway Tozai Line (T-08) 15 minutes walk from 4 exit, Kudanshita station, Subway Tozai Line (T-08), Hanzomon Line (Z-06) 15 minutes walk from 1A exit, Kudanshita station, Toei Shinjuku Line (S-05)
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