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【National Museum of Western Art:】 The 60th Anniversary of the National Museum of Western Art

At the National Museum of Tokyo, Heisei 11th (Tuesday)-September 23rd (Mon. and Congratulations) 2019, the "Matsukata Collection Exhibition" will be held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the National Museum of Western Art opening.
The press conference for this exhibition was held, so we will deliver the situation this time.

Purpose of holding

Kojiro Matsukata Photo courtesy of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

Japanese artists want to create a museum for the people-

The "Matsukata Collection" was born from the thought of one such businessman.

Kojiro Matsukata, who led the Kawasaki Shipyard (now Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.) in Kobe, is expanding its business on the back of ship demand from World War I, and a large number of works of art in London and Paris around 1916-1927 To buy Collection items at that time consisted of various times and genres from Monet and Gogan, Gogh to medieval board drawings and tapestry, and the scale reached 10,000 points.

However, the Matsukata Collection will follow the fate of the flood in various ways, such as those lost in a warehouse fire in London and those taken over by the French government. For the Matsukata Collection, the “place of peace” became the National Museum of Western Art, which was born in Japan in 1959.

National Museum of Western Art

This exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the museum's 60th anniversary, following the trajectories of the Matsukata collection, along with some 160 works including historical items such as the famous Gogh's “Arru's Bedroom” and other works that have dissipated inside and outside the country.



A number of masterpieces that were lost in the world, dream reunion

The masterpieces of the old Matsukata collection scattered around the world gather. You can feel the magnificent scale of the collection of dreams.


Collection that survived the times, drama of upheaval revives

The Matsukata Collection, which has made a name for itself in the world, has a history of dissipation, disappearance, seizing and suffering in the rough of the times. While following the footsteps of Matsukata's collection in Paris, London, I will reveal its strange fate along with the latest research results.


First released after restoration of Monet “Daily water lily”

Claude Monet 反映 The reflection of water lilies and willow》 1916 Oil on canvas, National National Museum of Western Art, Canvas (formerly Matsukata Collection)

Monet's Reflection of Water Lilies and Willow, which was a major topic discovered in the Paris Louvre Museum in 2016 and donated to the National Museum of Western Art, will be released for the first time after the restoration of the existing part.

At the press conference, the state of the estimated restoration of "water reflection, reflection of willow" was also introduced.

The left side of the photo is a glass plate that shows the entire image of Water Lily, Reflection of Willow, which was stored in the chapel of the Rodin Museum of Art. Based on these, using digital technology research, scientific analysis, and AI technology, unprecedented restoration work was performed.

Introduction of exhibited works

We will introduce some of the works displayed in this exhibition.

Auguste Rodin 考 え る The Thinker》

1881-82 Bronze National Museum of Western Art (Matsukata Collection) Photo: Norihiro Ueno

Collection of Rodin Art

The best known work of Rodin art. The Dante of Godsword expresses a poetic image in front of the door. Rodan is also described as a figure that inherits Michelangelo's powerful physical expression, "it is no longer a dreamer, but a founder."

Vincent van Gogh "The Bedroom in Arles"

1889 Oil on canvas or Orsay Museum

It is settled in the essence of "color" of Gogh

The last version of 3 "bedrooms" written during the Arles of Gogh. The life with Gogan broke down, and after being hospitalized in a psychiatric hospital, Gogh, who was being treated, drew on his mother, and the screen was full of bright serenity.

Paul Gorgan "Still Life with Fans"

1889 oil on canvas or Orsay Museum

Gogan's eyes on foreign countries

In the background is a fan view reminiscent of a Japanese fan, and in the foreground is a fruit with a fresh sensuality. The straight and firm composition is influenced by Cézanne, but it is the basic color of the whole screen, and the decorativeness is well-liked by Goganishness.

Summary of the event

Exhibition name "Matsukata Collection Exhibition" commemorating the 60th anniversary of the National Museum of Western Art
Session June 11 (Tuesday)-September 23 (Mon.), 2019
9: 30-17: 00 (30 minutes before closing)
(However, open on Fridays and Saturdays until 21:00 during the show)
closing day Closed Monday and July 16 (Tuesday).
※ Opened on July 15 (Mon., Holiday), August 12 (Mon., Closed), September 16 (Mon., Holiday), September 23 (Mon., Holiday).
Venue National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park)
Viewing fee General 1600 yen (1400 yen), university student 1200 yen (1000 yen), high school student 800 yen (600 yen)
※ free for junior high school students
※ () is presale ・ Group rate of 20 or more
※ Disabled person and one carer are free. It is necessary to present a handicapped person's certificate etc. when entering the hall.
Official site https://artexhibition.jp/matsukata2019/