Special Exhibitions

Henri Matisse: The Path to Color

April 27 (Thu) – August 20 (Sun), 2023

French artist Henri Matisse (1869-1954)—one of the 20th-century’s great masters. A key figure in Fauvism, a movement whose emphasis on pure, vivid color strongly influenced 20th-century art, Matisse thereafter devoted himself to experimenting with bright colors and shapes that appeal directly to the senses, and remained an art revolutionary until his death at 84. Unfading in brilliance, Matisse’s artworks continue to fascinate us and inspire generations of young artists.
This exhibition, the first large-scale Matisse retrospective in Japan in twenty years, will be held with the full cooperation of the Centre Pompidou, home to one of the world’s largest Matisse collections. Through major works from every phase of the artist’s career—not only paintings but sculptures, drawings, prints, cut-outs, and even materials related to his final masterpiece, the Chapel of the Rosary of Vence—it will trace the creative journey, filled with rich color and light, of a great master.

  1. 1. First major retrospective in nearly 20 years! Henri Matisse, one of the 20th-century’s greatest artists
  2. 2. Featuring some 150 works from the Centre Pompidou, home to one of the world’s largest Matisse collections
  3. 3. The starting point of “Fauvism,” a masterpiece from Matisse’s early period never seen before in Japan: Luxury, Calm and Pleasure




April 27 (Thu) – August 20 (Sun), 2023
Exhibition Rooms
Mondays, July 18 (Open the Mondays of May 1, July 17, August 14)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)

General ¥2,200 / College students ¥1,300 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,500

  • ※Visitors of high-school age and younger will be admitted free (Timed-entry tickets required).
  • ※Timed-entry tickets not required for preschoolers.
  • ※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. (Timed-entry tickets not required).
  • ※High-school and university students, seniors 65 and older, and visitors with certificates are asked to show identification.
  • ※Please see our special website for details.
  • ※Due to anticipated congestion in the exhibition site, we ask visitors to enter the exhibition site at separated time slots.
  • ※Same-day tickets for Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays are in limited quantities and may be sold out at the time of your visit.
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 Centre Pompidou, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by
Embassy of France in Japan / Institut français du Japon
With the Special Sponsorship of
Daiwa Securities Group Inc.
Sponsored by
DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Nissha Co., Ltd.
In Cooperation with
JAPAN AIRLINES, Lufthansa Cargo AG


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