January 18 (Sat) - April 13 (Sun), 2014
The painter and the sculptor. The painter paints pictures, the sculptor creates sculptures, and some artists, such as Edgar Degas, find both sculpture and painting to be vital media for artistic expression. Viewing paintings and sculptures together makes the distinctive features of each stand out. That is why, in the second half of the 19th century, there were important experiments in which paintings and sculptures were shown together. One example is the 1889 Monet-Rodin Exhibition at the Georges Petit Gallery, where paintings by Claude Monet and sculptures by Auguste Rodin were exhibited side by side. When art critic Octave Mirbeau saw that exhibition, he praised it, saying, “They have shown us these two forms of art, painting and sculpture, in this century’s most outstanding and extraordinary way.”
Paintings and sculptures, 160 of them, are the focus of this exhibition; all are works are from the collection of the Bridgestone Museum of Art. While enjoying the stimulating contrasts they present, please also take in the standing exhibition of works by Rodin, Bourdelle, Zadkine, Archipenko, and Brancusi in our sculpture gallery.
Gustave Moreau, The Toilettes, c.1885-90
April 26 (Sat) - July 21 (Mon), 2014
This exhibition brings together oil paintings of women dressed in qipao or other styles of Chinese clothing by Japanese Western-style painters in the early 20th century. In the context of the fall of the Qing dynasty, the birth of the Republic of China, the rise of tourism, and growing interest in Chinese culture and architecture in Japan, paintings depicting Chinese women began to appear in the decade starting in 1910. Fujishima Takeji, Kishida Ryusei, and Yasui Sotaro were among the Japanese artists who depicted Japanese women in Chinese dress. Kojima Torajiro, Migishi Kotaro, and others visited China and found their subjects there. Japanese artists’ use of Western techniques to depict Chinese dress is a classic example of culture contact and cultural fusion.
FUJISHIMA Takeji, Profile of a Woman, 1927, Pola Collection
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.