Special Exhibitions

Vilhelm Hammershøi and Danish Painting of the 19th Century

January 21 (Tue) – March 26 (Thu), 2020

Temporary Closure from February 29 to March 26

One of Denmark’s most celebrated painters, Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916) quietly and resolutely painted close acquaintances, landscapes, and subdued interiors. Influenced strongly by 17th-century Dutch genre painting, Hammershøi is sometimes called “the Vermeer of the North.” His work, while recalling in atmosphere the classics of Western art, evinces a nostalgia peculiar to modern urban dwellers.
Recent years have seen Hammershøi’s international popularity grow, with major Western art museums acquiring his paintings in succession. In Japan, as well, a first Hammershøi exhibition in 2008 drew large crowds of admiring viewers despite his relative obscurity in this country.
Now, just over ten years later, Vilhelm Hammershøi’s finest works will return along with masterpieces of 19th century Danish art in their first comprehensive exhibition in Japan.

  1. 1. Some 40 paintings by Vilhelm Hammershøi
    The power of Hammershøi’s art through some 40 works, many of them in their first appearance in Japan. To see Hammershøi’s paintings in the context of 19th century Danish art will enable new perspectives on his unique genius.
  2. 2. The first comprehensive exhibition of Danish painting in Japan
    The rich charm of Danish painting—from the “Golden Age of Danish Painting” in Copenhagen, in the early 19th century, to the Skagen “painters of light” and the painters of subdued interiors active in the capital in the late century.
  3. 3. Experience Danish culture and the spirit of “hygge”
    Families relaxing in the privacy of home or amid lush Northern European landscapes, depicted by Danish painters in the late 19th century. Through painting masterpieces, we invite you to experience “hygge,” the relaxed, comfortable ambience the Danes adore.




January 21 (Tue) – March 26 (Thu), 2020
Exhibition Rooms

Mondays, February 25 (Open the Monday of February 24, March 23)

Temporary Closure from February 29 to March 26

9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, February 19, March 18 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
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, The Yomiuri Shimbun
Supported by
Embassy of Denmark
Sponsored by
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
Cooperation with
eplus, Lufthansa Cargo AG, J-WAVE


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