Permanent Collection

Time and the Painting−24 Episodes

August 2 (Sat) - September 23 (Tue), 2014

Time and the Painting−24 Episodes

This exhibition focuses on time, a transitory element that slips in and out of view in paintings. Works that capture moments in the passing day, like the light reflected from the sea as the sun is setting; works that depict motifs in which are inscribed the times in which their artists lived; works that trace the season in which they were created and the process leading to their completion; works that convey time as experienced in uncanny, fantastic worlds: these paintings communicate the many faces of time, in 24 episodes. Visitors to the Bridgestone Museum of Art will enjoy transcending our time-space continuum through Time and the Painting. The exhibition includes some 160 works ranging from ancient art to Rembrandt, modern and contemporary art, especially Monet, Renoir, and other Impressionists, and modern art from Japan, including work by Asai Chu and Koide Narashige.

Claude MONET,Twilight, Venice, c.1908


Art Focus

Willem de Kooning From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection

October 8 (Wed) - January 12 (Mon), 2015

Willem de Kooning From the John and Kimiko Powers Collection

Willem de Kooning (1904-1997), a Dutch-born American artist, ranks with Jackson Pollock as an exemplar of Action Painting and was one of the founders of AbstractExpressionism. His work, distinguished by his aggressive brushwork, occupies the gap between the concrete and the abstract. This exhibition primarily features paintings from the John and Kimiko Powers Collection, based in Colorado in the U.S.A., one of the most distinguished collections of de Kooning’s work, in introducing this artist still relatively unknown in Japan.

Willem de Kooning, League, Oil on newsprint mounted on board, 1964
© The Willem de Kooning Foundation, New York/ARS, New York/JASPAR, Tokyo, 2014


The Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation, which opened 1952, houses a collection that now includes more than 1,800 works of art. Mainly focused on nineteenth-century, and the collection includes ancient, twentieth-century, and modern Japanese Western-style art. Originally,the core of the collection was French art form the latter half of the nineteenth and the first half of the twentieth centuries. Having celebrated its 60th year in operation, in the twenty-first century the museum has expanded its scope to include art form the latter half of twentieth century on and art from elsewhere than France, to mount exhibitions in tune with the times in which we live. Access online to a selection of the Bridgestone Museum's collection.

Postwar Abstract Paintings in France and Art Informel

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