Special Exhibitions

Van Gogh & Japan

October 24 (Tue), 2017 – January 8 (Mon-holiday), 2018

Van Gogh & Japan Poster
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was profoundly interested in Japan. From his Paris period to his early days in Arles, he collected ukiyo-e prints and writings on Japanese culture. Conversely, Japanese artists and intellectuals became enamored of Van Gogh after his death and made pilgrimages to his grave in Auvers-sur-Oise in France. Through some 40 of Van Gogh’s oil paintings and sketches plus 50 works by Japanese ukiyo-e artists and Van Gogh’s contemporaries, and abundant historical materials, this exhibition explores the mutual fascination between Van Gogh and Japan, and presents fascinating new perspectives.

1. International joint project with the Van Gogh Museum. A Japan first!

The first Van Gogh exhibition in Japan to be held jointly with the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands. After finishing in Japan, the exhibition will be presented at the Van Gogh Museum.

2. Japanese art’s influence on Van Gogh, viewed from many angles

What was Van Gogh’s image of Japan? How did Japanese art influence him? These questions are explored through some 40 Van Gogh works from collections in Japan and abroad, and over 50 works by Japanese Ukiyo-e artists and Van Gogh’s contemporaries.

3. First Japan showing! Three “guestbooks” from the Gachet House

Some 80 historical items—including three guestbooks from the Gachet House—are employed to trace the first wave of Van Gogh pilgrimages made by Japanese. Be present at the intersection of dreams—Van Gogh’s dreams of Japan and those of the Japanese who idolized him.



October 24 (Tue), 2017 – January 8 (Mon-holiday), 2018
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, December 31, January 1 (Open the Monday of January 8)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, November 1, 2, 4 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,300 / 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 ¥1,300 / 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), NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Sponsored by
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Cooperation with
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, JAPAN AIRLINES
Collaboration with
Van Gogh Museum

Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan


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