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THE MATSUKATA COLLECTION; A One-Hundred-Year Odyssey[Advance]

Date

2019/6/11 (Tue) 〜2019/9/23 (Mon・Public Holiday)

Venue

Ueno(The National Museum of Western Art)

[Ticket Fee]
Adult

[List price]
¥1,400



Information

Detail Between 1916 and around 1927, as his business rode a soaring demand for ships, due to the First World War,
Kojiro Matsukata (1866-1950), head of Kawasaki Dockyard Co., Ltd., Kobe (present-day Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.), used his wealth to purchase a large number of artworks, mainly in London and Paris.

The original Matsukata Collection ranged over different periods, regions, and genres: paintings by Monet, Gauguin,
and Van Gogh, modern British paintings, sculptures by Rodin, medieval panel paintings, and tapestries.
If the approximately 8,000 ukiyo-e prints he recovered from the West are included,
the collection came to around 10,000 items.

Then, in 1927, ill fortune struck; with his company teetering on the brink of ruin,
due to the Showa Financial Crisis, his prized possessions fell victim to the vicissitudes of fate.
Works already delivered to Japan were put up for sale; others, stored in London, were destroyed in a warehouse fire;
and most of the rest were seized in Paris by the French government toward the end of the Second World War.
Of this last group, 375 were later handed over by France as a donation to Japan,
and these pieces from the Matsukata Collection finally found a refuge when The National Museum of Western Art was established in Tokyo in 1959.

This exhibition, celebrating the museum’s 60th anniversary,
traces the century-long journey of the Matsukata Collection––buffeted by the waves of turbulent times.
The 160 or so artworks on display include some of the masterpieces from among the works dispersed in and outside Japan,
such as the renowned Bedroom in Arles by Van Gogh and Water Lilies, Reflections of Weeping Willows by Monet,
the latter rediscovered in Paris as recently as 2016.
They are shown along with a variety of historical materials.

Hours
9:30〜17:30 (open until 21:00 on Fridays and Saturdays).
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing time.
*Junior high school students and younger children are admitted free of charge.
*Disabled visitors are admitted free of charge accompanied by one attendant.
Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
*High school students who show a student identification card are admitted free of charge from Saturday, July 20 until Tuesday, August 6.

Close
Mondays, July 16(Tue.)
*except Monday 15 July, 12 August, 16 September, 23 September

Access
・JR Yamanote Line, 1 minute from Ueno Station, Park Exit
・Keisei Line, 7minutes from Keisei Ueno Station
・Ginza or Hibiya Subway Lines, 8 minutes from Tokyo Metro Ueno Station
※There are no parking facilities at the museum. Please refrain from coming by car.
Click HERE for details.
Website https://artexhibition.jp/matsukata2019/outline-en/
Appearance
Staff
Schedule <Date>
2019/6/11 (Tue) 〜2019/9/23 (Mon・Public Holiday)
Price [Ticket]
Adult
[List price]
¥1,400
Available until Jun 10
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