Special Exhibitions

Foujita: A Retrospective ― Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death

July 31 (Tue) – October 8 (Mon-holiday), 2018

Foujita: A Retrospective ― Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of his Death Poster
Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita (1886-1968)—a leading artist of the Ecole de Paris. Born in 19th-century Japan, Foujita spent about half of his 80 some years in France and eventually took French citizenship and was buried there. In 2018, on the 50th anniversary of his death, a grand retrospective surveying his entire career will be held with the cooperation of art museums in Japan, U.S.A., France, and throughout Europe.
The exhibition will trace Foujita’s development through representative artworks from each stage—“Landscape Paintings,” “Portraits,” “Nudes,” “Religious Paintings,” and so on. Introducing new perspectives, it will close in on the essence of his art. An exhibition rich with highlights, it will feature not only his signature “milky white nudes” and other major works but pieces never seen in Japan or rarely exhibited.

1. A grand retrospective of the largest scale

As befits a 50th anniversary exhibition, one of the largest retrospectives yet held. Over 100 carefully selected works will be on display.

2. Foujita masterpieces from major Western art museum collections!

Some 20 important works, including pieces never seen in Japan, will arrive from such distinguished museums as the Centre Pompidou Paris, the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, and the Art Institute of Chicago in the USA.

3. Over 10 nudes displaying Foujita’s signature “milky-white” backgrounds

Arriving from overseas—Foujita nudes on “milky-white” backgrounds, dating from his prime period in the 1920s. Joining them will be nudes in Japanese collections, including the recently restored Before the Ball (Ohara Museum of Art) and Five Nudes (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo).

4. Leonard Foujita returns to Ueno!

Ueno was a starting point for Foujita, who studied at Tokyo Fine Arts School (currently Tokyo University of the Arts) and held shows in the 1920s and ‘30s at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum on return visits to Japan. This will be the first ever Foujita retrospective in Ueno at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.



July 31 (Tue) – October 8 (Mon-holiday), 2018
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, September 18, 25 (Open the Monday of August 13, September 17, 24, October 1, 8)
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 August 3 to August 31

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, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by
Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
Sponsored by
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Special Cooperation with
The Japan Foundation
Cooperation with
Tokyo Art Club, JAPAN AIRLINES, Nippon Cargo Airlines


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