Special Exhibition

World of Trick Art

It's fun to be fooled

Our eyes play tricks on us; we overlook things; we see what we want to see. These things happen on a daily basis. Art which focuses on the uncertainty of what we see has existed in all ages and cultures in forms such as illusionism, and the methods of creating such art are carried on even today. A variety of unique optical tricks can be seen in the illusions of op art, and light art, which uses light as a medium, of the 1960s; the photorealist paintings of the 1970s, and the parodies of classic works of the 1990s.

This exhibition, centered on the collection of the Takamatsu City Museum of Art, introduces this post-war art as trick art which shakes our visual perception and stereotypes. Enjoy being fooled by the various tricks set up by modern artists.

Exhibition Details

From July 10 (Sat.) to August 29 (Sun.), 2010
(closed Mondays except July 19)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more e
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The Japan Association of Art Museum
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Lion Corporation
Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.
Cooperation with
Takamatsu City Museum of Art


2014021801 Tadasky Kuwayama
《Circle D138》1966
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
2014021803 Tatsuo Kawaguchi
《Interrelation of Object and Image
in Infinite Space; or Sphere in Eight Colors》
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
2014021804 Kaoru Ueda
《Raw Egg J》1978
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
2010040504[1] Masaaki Sato
《Subway No 23》1977
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
2010040505[1] Tiger Tateishi
《Mt. Fuji in a Car》1992
Takamatsu City Museum of Art
2014021805 Yasumasa Morimura
《Portrait (Van Gogh)》1985
Takamatsu City Museum of Art