Special Exhibitions

Masterpieces of Impressionism: The Courtauld Collection

September 10 (Tue) – December 15 (Sun), 2019

An exhibition of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art from the collection of London’s Courtauld Gallery. Founded in 1932 upon a collection built by industrialist Samuel Courtauld, the Courtauld Gallery is at the heart of the Courtauld Institute of Art, the world’s leading center for research into art history and conservation.
The exhibition, drawing from the Institute’s researches, will bring the works to life for viewers with explanation of the artist’s methods as revealed by the artist’s words, circumstances surrounding the works, and scientific investigation. Some 60 carefully selected paintings and sculptures will be featured, including Vincent Van Gogh’s landscape of Arles influenced by Japanese landscapes, Peach Trees in Blossom. Also included will be Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s Theatre Box and Edouard Manet A Bar at the Folies-Bergère—works capturing the aura of modern life in late 19th-century Paris—and Gauguin’s Nevermore and Modigliani’s Female Nude, paintings whose secrets have been unlocked by scientific investigation.

  1. 1. Coming to Japan—Manet’s late masterpiece, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère
    The picture is occupied almost entirely by a mirror. With superlative skill, Manet has integrated diverse elements in one canvas—the barmaid’s enigmatic expression, her seeming disconnect with her mirror image, the legs of a trapeze artist in the upper left corner, the minutely rendered still life on the counter . . . The painting—the culmination of Manet’s painting career—will appear in Japan for the first time in 20 years.
  2. 2. Paintings by Great Masters including Renoir, Gauguin and Cezanne
    Ten oil paintings from Britain’s foremost Cezanne collection will be displayed, including Renoir’s The Theater Box, exhibited in the first Impressionist exhibition, and Gauguin’s mysterious Nevermore of his Tahiti period. Also featured—Cezanne’s letters in their first appearance in Japan.
  3. 3. Interpreting Masterpieces of Painting
    Taking inspiration from the Courtauld Institute’s Gallery, the exhibition will give viewers tools for interpreting the paintings, such as artist quotes, background information on social conditions and the artist’s execution of the work, and details of the artist’s production process revealed by scientific research. Having these tools, viewers will be able to formulate their own interpretations.



September 10 (Tue) – December 15 (Sun), 2019
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, September 17, 24, October 15, November 5 (Open the Mondays of September 16, 23, October 14, November 4 )
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, October 16, November 2, 20, 30, December 7, 14 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 operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by
British Council
Sponsored by
TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., MITSUI & CO., LTD., Kajima Corporation, Daikin Industries, Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc.
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