Special Exhibitions

Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty

January 23 (Tue) – April 1 (Sun), 2018

Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty Poster
The Brueghels—one of 16th- and 17th-century Europe’s most influential painting dynasties. Its patriarch, the innovative artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder, viewed reality objectively and portrayed ordinary people at work and play as they were, without prejudices. His keen powers of observation were passed down to his sons, grandsons, and great grandsons. Around it, the Brueghel painting style and traditions were built.
His first son, Pieter the Younger, produced faithful copies of his father’s works, and his second son, Jan the Elder, inherited and developed his father’s interest in nature and painted numerous masterpieces. It was Jan the Elder’s descendants—Jan the Younger, Ambrosius, and Abraham—who carried on the family’s painting style and established the name “Brueghel” as an enduring brand.
Through some 100 valuable works—principally from private collections—this ambitious exhibition provides an overall picture of the Brueghel dynasty and the world of 16th- and 17th-century world of Flemish painting.

1. Works by 9 artists of the Brueghel Family

Featured are works by 9 painters of the Brueghel line—Pieter the Elder, the foremost Flemish painter of the 16th century, and his sons, grandsons, and great grandsons. The exhibition offers a rare chance to compare them and obtain a comprehensive perspective on the Brueghel family’s art.

2. Works from private collections—seen in Japan for the first time

Some 100 works of different genres by Brueghel family artists. Because most are in private collections and normally not in public view, most have never been shown in Japan.

3. The Brueghel family’s flair for incredible detail

Many of the works displayed are comparatively small, less than 30cm tall and wide. Yet, each is rendered with astounding detail. The Brueghels’ uncanny flair for detailed depiction, handed down from generation to generation, is a must see.



January 23 (Tue) – April 1 (Sun), 2018
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, February 13 (Open the Monday of February 12)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

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), Nippon Television Network Corporation, The Yomiuri SHIMBUN, BS Nippon Corporation
Sponsored by
Cooperation with
Nippon Express Co., Ltd., East Japan Railway Company, CS Nippon Corporation, RF RADIO NIPPON CO., LTD., Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc., TOKYO MX, Television Kanagawa Inc.
Special Cooperation with
NTV Europe B.V
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