Special Exhibitions

Neo-Impressionism, from Light to Color

January 24 (Sat) – March 29 (Sun), 2015

Neo-impressionism, from light to color
Neo-Impressionism—one of the innovative art movements that propelled painting into the 20th century—is revisited by this exhibition through a chronological exploration of the first nearly twenty years that followed its emergence in 1886 at the Eighth Impressionist Exhibition. Where the Impressionists had ushered in a new style of painting to capture the natural world as it appeared to their eyes, vividly evoking shifting images such as rippling water and the play of sunlight, the Neo-Impressionists branched out by bringing in the latest knowledge in optics and color theory. At the same time, they shifted the emphasis away from faithfully re-creating the world to tapping into the power of expression of the colors themselves, and in so doing they set the stage for the advent of Fauvism at the dawn of the 20th century.

The journey taken by this exhibition begins with Impressionist paintings by Monet, and then progresses to the early Neo-Impressionism of artists such as Seurat and Signac, the diverse Impressionist works that subsequently streamed forth in France and Belgium, and finally the brilliant hues put to canvas by Matisse and Derain. All together, some 100 works are brought together from across the globe to trace the fascinating transition from Seurat’s diminutive, subdued dots of paint to the bold, dynamic colors of Matisse.


January 24 (Sat) – March 29 (Sun), 2015
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
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 ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥900

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 ¥700 / Seniors 65+ ¥900
※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), Nikkei Inc.
Supported by
Embassy of France, Institut français du Japon
Sponsored by
NEC Corporation, Kao Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
In Cooperation with
Air France/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, JAPAN AIRLINES