Special Exhibitions

Balthus: A Retrospective

April 19 (Sat) – June 22 (Sun), 2014

Balthus: A Retrospective
Balthus (born Balthasar Klossowski, 1908-2001) is regarded as the “last maestro of the 20th century,” equal to Picasso. His landscapes dominated by calmness and his indoor scenes of young girls “symbolizing an unparalleled perfect beauty” reveal the artist’s mysterious and tense world. Balthus’s works are still now cherished by many.
This large-scale retrospective will trace Balthus’s creative journey through works from every stage of his career. The exhibition will display important works rarely seen in Japan and will include over 40 oil paintings as well as drawings and the artist’s private belongings, totaling approximately 100 works in all. The works will be brought from art museums all over the world, such as Pompidou Centre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as from private collectors. The exhibition will furthermore reconstruct for the first time the former atelier of Balthus in his Swiss “Grand Chalet” and will introduce the setting behind his artist creation.
The first retrospective exhibition of Balthus in Japan since his death, held with the full cooperation of Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, who married Balthus in 1967. The exhibition will display important paintings that Japanese audiences have few opportunities to see from the collections of noted art museums, and rarely exhibited works from private collections as well.



April 19 (Sat) – June 22 (Sun), 2014
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, May 7 (Open the Mondays of April 28, May 5)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays 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, The Asahi Shimbun
Supported by
Embassy of Switzerland, Embassy of France
Sponsored by
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd.
In Cooperation with
Air France, Swiss International Air Lines AG, All Nippon Airways, Nippon Cargo Airlines