The National Museum of Western Art

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  1. The National Museum of Western Art
    Photo: The National Museum of Western Art
  2. 国立西洋美術館
    Photo :National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  3. 国立西洋美術館
    Photo :National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
  4. 国立西洋美術館
    Photo :National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

Time Out says

The core collection housed in this 1959 Le Corbusier-designed building, Japan’s only national museum devoted to Western art, was assembled by Kawasaki shipping magnate Matsukata Kojiro in the early 1900s. Works range from 15th-century icons to Monet to Pollock.


7-7 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku
Ueno Station (JR lines), Park exit; (Ginza, Hibiya lines), exit 7 or 9
¥500, ¥250 university students, free for high school students and younger. Free admission on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month (for permanent collection only), May 18 and Nov 3.
Opening hours:
9.30am-5.30pm Tue-Thu, Sun; 9.30am-8pm Fri, Sat. (Admission ends 30 mins before closing time), closed Mon (Tue if Mon is a holiday). Closed Dec 28-Jan 1

What’s on

The Cubist Revolution

Cubism’s groundbreaking inception by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque revolutionised art, offering a geometric perspective that birthed abstract art and Surrealism. The Centre Pompidou, globally revered for its modern art collection, brings this transformative movement to Japan with over fifty works making their debut appearance. Featuring masterpieces from the likes of Picasso and Braque, the exhibition showcases around 140 works, encapsulating the movement’s rich diversity. Highlights include Braque’s impactful ‘Grand Nu’ and Picasso’s exemplary ‘Femme assise dans un fauteuil’. Moreover, Robert Delaunay’s magnificent ‘La Ville de Paris’ will grace Japan for the first time, alongside exemplary works by Chagall. A kaleidoscope of Cubism’s influential artists, including Constantin Brancusi, Marc Chagall, Sonia Delaunay, and Amedeo Modigliani, this event marks the first comprehensive showcase of Cubism in Japan in fifty years. 

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