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Raoul Dufy Street decked with Flags 1906, Oil on canvas

Raoul Dufy

Street decked with Flags

1906, Oil on canvas

Photo: ©Georges Meguerditchian-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

In 1906, Raoul Dufy moved from Paris to his hometown Le Havre in Normandy. Inspired by Impressionist painter Claude Monet, Dufy painted this scene of Le Havre celebrating France’s Fête de la Fédération. A composition of geometric shapes representing flags, buildings, and windows, gazing from high on people strolling a street, it proclaims the vibrant colors of the French Tricolour.

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Marcel Duchamp Bicycle Wheel 1913/1964, Metal, painted wood

Marcel Duchamp

Bicycle Wheel

1913/1964, Metal, painted wood

©Succession Marcel Duchamp/ ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2016 E2080
Photo: ©Christion Bohier et Philippe Migeat-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Marcel Duchamp formulated the concept of the “ready-made,” one of the most influential contributions to 20th-century art. When initially creating this bicycle wheel fastened to a kitchen stool in 1913, Duchamp intended it as a distraction in motion, for he liked to spin the wheel and watch it turn. The idea of the “ready-made” as meaning a manufactured object was born two years later when he moved to New York. Replicas like this one, produced in the 1960s, can be found in art museums around the world.

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Marc Chagall Double Portrait with a Glass of Wine 1917-1918, Oil on canvas

Marc Chagall

Double Portrait with a Glass of Wine

1917-1918, Oil on canvas

©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2016, Chagall® E2080
Photo: ©Bertrand Prévost-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

At the time of World War I, Jewish painter Marc Chagall left Paris and moved back to his hometown Vitebsk in Russia (present-day Belarus). Chagall depicts himself hoisting a wine glass while sitting on the shoulders of his wife, Bella, a girl he met in his hometown who became his lifetime inspiration. The work, which portrays the joy of their marriage, is large in scale, over two meters high. The purple angel arriving from heaven, which Chagall added later, is said to be their daughter, Ida, born in 1916.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare 1932, Silver gelatin print

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare

1932, Silver gelatin print

©Henri Cartier-Bresson/ Magnum Photos
Photo: ©Georges Meguerditchian-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson was a master of the street snapshot. This work captures a man in mid-leap, his heel about to touch the water, at a construction site puddle behind Saint-Lazare Station in Paris. In stark everyday surroundings, the beautiful symmetry of the man and his reflection, the decisive moment that opens our imaginations . . . It is a richly humorous photo, considered to be Cartier-Bresson’s signature work.

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Pablo Picasso The Muse 1935, Oil on canvas

Pablo Picasso

The Muse

1935, Oil on canvas

©2016-Succession Pablo Picasso-SPDA (JAPAN)
Photo: ©Service de la Documentation photographique du MNAM-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

The 20th-century master Pablo Picasso is known to have painted his women companions in many different styles. In this portrait of two rather enigmatic women, created during the period of Surrealism, the woman seen sleeping is said to be his young lover, Marie-Therese Walter. In 1935, the year the work was painted, Picasso and his wife Olga Khokhalova separated owing to Marie-Therese’s pregnancy. After completing this painting, he was unable to paint for several months and turned to writing prose poems.

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Henri Matisse Large Red Interior 1948, Oil on canvas

Henri Matisse

Large Red Interior

1948, Oil on canvas

Photo: Bertrand Prévost-Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

Henri Matisse pioneered a new world of color expression in the 20th century. When painting this work—the final piece of his “Interior series”—Matisse was 79 years old and had experienced the realities of war while suffering from cancer. Here, he has masterfully composed a complex pictorial space by arranging pairs of objects—paintings, tables, and animal-skin rugs—in the vivid red flooding the canvas.

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Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination poster
Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination
October 8 (Sat) – December 18 (Sun), 2016
While deeply influenced by the Impressionist painters in Paris, Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) both established highly individual styles of their own. Taking as a focal point the two artists’ cohabitation in Arles, southern France, which came about at Van Gogh’s urging, this exhibition will trace the transitions in their friendship and the development of their art in the period leading up to Arles, as well as in the influences visible in their work thereafter.
Best Selection 2016 poster
Best Selection 2016
May 4 (Wed-holiday) – May 27 (Fri), 2016
A cooperative exhibition by 27 selected major art groups and associations in Japan. Through works of various genres by 151 artists now in their prime, including Nihonga (Japanese-style Painting), Yoga (Western-style Painting), sculpture, print, watercolor and craft, the exhibition will demonstrate the power and appeal of the art groups’ “public entry exhibition.”
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The TOBI Gateway Project
This project, operated in conjunction with Tokyo University of the Arts, is aimed at fostering an active, open art community with the Museum as a central stage. The project is led by university students ("TOBIRAs"), who are given responsibility for growing a community.
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Museum Start i-Ueno
A program linking all 9 cultural facilities in Ueno Park to support children in their "museum debut." The program provides a "flat" learning environment where adults and children learn on an equal basis. Through experiences of seeing, listening, and speaking, children come to understand the fun and excitement of visiting an art museum.
Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination
Best Selection 2016
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Museum Start iUeno
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