Special Exhibitions

Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination

October 8 (Sat) – December 18 (Sun), 2016

Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination
This will be the first exhibition in Japan to focus on Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), two artists of the late 19th century whose paintings are adored throughout the world.
Van Gogh, a Dutch minister’s son, and Gauguin, who spent his early childhood in Peru, differed not only in upbringing and character but also in artistic style. Van Gogh, inspired by the real world around him, created paintings marked by powerful brushwork and bright colors. Gauguin, using decorative lines and color fields, sought to express in paintings a world invisible to the eye. In 1888, they lived together for two months in Arles, southern France. Working side by side and, at times, arguing heatedly, they inspired each’s other creativity.
Through some 60 works—including some 50 oil paintings from every stage of Van Gogh’s and Gauguin’s careers, this exhibition will show the defining characteristics of each artist’s work. By throwing light on the relationship between the two painters, it will reveal the nature of their artistry.

1. “Van Gogh and Gauguin”—for the first time in Japan

Japan’s first exhibition devoted to Van Gogh and Gauguin will be held with the cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, The Kröller-Müller Museum and other distinguished art museums.

2. “Reality” and “imagination”

The exhibition’s keywords. Comparing the two artists’ work in the same gallery space will make clear each artist’s defining characteristics.

3. Coming to Japan—The two artists’ “harvest” theme masterpieces

Displayed side by side will be the two harvest paintings the artists themselves rated as their “best work”—Van Gogh’s The Harvest and Gauguin’s The Wine Harvest. Human Misery.



October 8 (Sat) – December 18 (Sun), 2016
Exhibition Rooms, Special Exhibition Wing
Mondays, October 11 (Open the Mondays of October 10)
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays and October 22(Sat), November 2(Wed), 3(Thu-holiday), 5(Sat) 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), The Tokyo Shimbun, TBS
Supported by
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, TBS RADIO, Inc., BS-TBS, INC.
Sponsored by
Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation., Nissha Printing Co., Ltd., MITSUI & CO., LTD., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Cooperation with
Air France/KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions


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