March 23 (Sat) - June 9 (Sun), 2013
After the Meiji Restoration, learning from Western culture and then surpassing it became one of Japan’s goals. To Japanese Western-style artists Paris, the capital of the art world, was, from the late nineteenth century on, sacred ground. They were filled with a powerful desire to breathe its air and to see for themselves both masterpieces and works representing the latest trends. From 1900, a growing number of Japanese artists did visit Paris. There, in that sacred place, some were shocked, some passionately embraced the study of Western art, and some attempted to establish a Japanese identity while immersed in Western culture. From the collections of the Bridgestone Museum of Art and the Ishibashi Museum of Art, we have selected 35 works depicting Paris by Asai Chu, Sakamoto Hanjiro, Fujita Tsuguharu (Léonard Foujita), Saeki Yuzo, and Oka Shikanosuke and so on. To these we have added five related works borrowed from other museums, to create a special opportunity to reflect on the meaning of Paris to these Japanese artists who created Western-style art. We hope that you, too, will be stimulated by learning about these lively exchanges between very different cultures in the early 20th century.
SAEKI Yuzo, Café Terrace with Posters, 1927,
June 22 (Sat) - September 18 (Wed), 2013
Today, art supply shops stock paints in over a hundred colors. Natural pigments had long been the coloring agent used in paints, which were available in a limited number of colors. When, however, the industrial production of artificial pigments began in the eighteenth century, artists gained access to paints in a much wider range of colors. In that colorful new world, some artists, including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Pierre Bonnard, and Henri Matisse, came to be described as “colorists.” Others, like Odilon Redon, preferred to create a monochromatic, black and white, world. With “The color of vision, the color of joy” as our key phrase, we offer you the opportunity to explore the broad range of the Bridgestone Museum of Art collection in living color.
Presenting 170 works from the collection, this exhibition focuses on the development of Western art, from the Impressionists such as Claude Monet and Renoir, followed by Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso in the twentieth century, with works by modern Japanese Western-style artists such as Fujishima Takeji and Aoki Shigeru, as well as Abstract paintings from the postwar period. It includes twenty prints from Matisse’s Jazz, an artist’s book he published late in his life, as well as Dreams (In the memory of my friend Armand Clauvaud), a group of lithographs by Redon recently added to the museum’s collection, and watercolors by Inokuma Gen’ichiro.
Henri MATISSE, Ⅷ Icarus from Jazz, 1947
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.