Special Exhibitions

Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

July 20 (Thu) – October 9 (Mon-holiday), 2017

Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, one of the world’s foremost in quality and scale, was built by Boston citizens, private collectors, and companies without financial support from the federal or state government. This exhibition will cast light on the collectors who built up the museum’s holdings and feature a selection of 80 works from the MFA’s collection. Highlights will include ancient Egyptian art presented with background on archeological excavations, Japanese and Chinese art gems by Utamaro and Soga Shohaku, French paintings by Monet and Van Gogh—artists long beloved to Bostonians—and contemporary art masterpieces.

1. Hanabusa Itcho’s The Death of the Historical Buddha—first homecoming after its first restoration in some 170 years

Itcho, who excelled at portraying humorous subjects from urban life in Edo, here depicts the death of the Buddha. The painting—some 4.8 meters high with its mounting included—underwent a thorough restoration requiring one year, before its first Japan homecoming. The facial expressions of the bodhisattvas, arhats, and many animals in their deep sorrow are a must see.

2. Arriving together in Japan—Van Gogh’s “Monsieur and Madame Roulin”

When Van Gogh moved to Arles, southern France, Joseph and Augustine Roulin helped him set up house and became loyal friends. We can imagine how dear they appeared to him when painting their portraits. Van Gogh’s Monsieur and Madame Roulin will be displayed together in Japan for the first time.

3. Stories of the collectors behind one of the world’s foremost collections

Numerous works in the Museum of Fine Arts collection were acquired with the aid of individual collectors, many of them Boston citizens. The exhibition will relate stories of these fascinating, public-spirited people and the artworks.



July 20 (Thu) – October 9 (Mon-holiday), 2017
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, September 19 (Open the Mondays of August 14, September 18, October 9)
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 21 to August 25

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800

Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000

Group tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※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
※In each case, please show identification

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), The Asahi Shimbun, tv asahi corporation, BS Asahi
Supported by
Embassy of the United States of America
Special Sponsored by
Dai-ichi Life Group|The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co., Ltd., The Dai-ichi Frontier Life Insurance Co., Ltd., The Neo First Life Insurance Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by
SECOM CO., LTD, TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., Mitsubishi Corporation, Atre Co., Ltd., Takenaka Corporation
Cooperation with
Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., LTD.


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