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) ranks with Jackson Pollock as one of the leaders of Abstract Expressionism, which flourished in the United States after World War II. His work is distinguished by aggressive brushwork and a style in the interstices between figurative and abstract. The core of this exhibition is a group of paintings of women de Kooning created the 1960s that are now in the Colorado-based John and Kimiko Powers Collection, which boasts one of the finest collections of de Kooning’s work. These collection were donated to the Ryobi Foundation. The de Kooning paintings that Mr. and Mrs. Powers, who were on close terms with the artist, acquired might be described as an unknown collection: they have rarely been exhibited as a collection, and never before in Japan. In this exhibition, paintings from the John and Kimiko Powers Collection will be joined by oil paintings, water colors, and sketches by de Kooning from Japanese museums’ collections, for a total of about 35 works in all. Additionally, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, is lending a key drawing that was once owned by the Powers.Visitors are invited to enjoy this unprecedented opportunity to experience a significant group of paintings by an artist who was one of the leading figures in postwar American art.

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


Permanent Collection

Best of the Best

January 31 (Sat) - May 17 (Sun), 2015

Best of the Best

The Bridgestone Museum of Art will close for renovation in May 18 of 2015, to reopen several years later. This exhibition is the last before we close. The Ishibashi Foundation’s collection has grown from its start as the personal collection of our founder, Ishibashi Shojiro, to comprise nearly 2,500 works, of which 1,600 are managed by the Bridgestone Museum of Art in Tokyo. For our Best of the Best exhibition, we have chosen 160 works.

Pablo PICASSO, Saltimbanque Seated with Arms Crossed, 1923
©2014-Succession Pablo Picasso-SPDA(JAPAN)


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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