The Museum is currently closed for reconstruction.

WHAT'S NEW

From Bridgestone Museum of Art to Artizon Museum

2018.11.05
The Bridgestone Museum of Art, which closed in May 2015 for the construction of new facilities, will reopen in January 2020 under the new name, ‘Artizon Museum’.

The museum first opened in 1952 with a collection of art that had been amassed by its founder, ISHIBASHI Shojiro and since then it has held regular exhibitions based on the collection as well as numerous themed and special exhibitions. While the museum has been closed, we have continued to add to its collection, aiming to expand its scope from Impressionism to include antique art, modern Japanese Western-style paintings, twentieth century art and contemporary art for exhibitions in the future. In addition, we have been continuing our learning programs at the Art Research Center in Machida and once the new facility is open, we will offer an enhanced program to appeal to a wider range of participants.

ARTIZON MUSEUM(image)

The Artizon Museum will be housed in the first six stories of the new, twenty-three-story ‘Museum Tower Kyobashi’ building that is scheduled to be completed in July 2019, with three floors, from the fourth to sixth, devoted to exhibition space and offering approximately twice the floor space (2,100m2) of the old museum. This will enable us to hold large special exhibitions concurrently with collection exhibitions, which was not possible previously, and allow visitors to enjoy exhibitions of work belonging to entirely different genres. In order to highlight the attraction of the works it will be fitted with the latest lighting and air conditioning equipment as well as a new gallery specializing in antique art.

In this way, the Artizon Museum will dramatically change its activities in the new building and facilities. We will change the name to demonstrate our determination to branch out in new directions while continuing to respect the traditions built up over a period of more than sixty-five years.

1F Entrance Lobby

3F Main Lobby

4F Info Room

5F Exhibition Gallery

ISHIBASHI Shojiro held ‘the welfare and happiness of all mankind’ as a creed and devoted himself to realizing this ideal. The new museum continues this creed while simultaneously establishing the concept of ‘experiencing creativity’ to direct the new activities. By selecting a single period or moment in the long history of humankind, as looked at from the viewpoint of art, and focusing on the creativity of the artists, we hope visitors will experience the way that this creativity has driven the evolution of art. We also hope to make it a museum that will inspire their sensibilities, and make them feel the energy to challenge the unknown that wells up from within.

A name change for the museum was initially studied during the 1970s, but due to various circumstances this did not come about. However, with the name change this time, we hope to realize the founder’s aspirations in a new direction.
The name ‘Artizon’ is a combination of the words, ‘Art’ and ‘Horizon’, and it was decided to base it on English words in this way to demonstrate the museum’s international outlook. ‘Horizon’ refers to horizon that can be discerned through the countless works that have been produced up to the present day as well as the new works that are currently being created and we hope that visitors will be able to feel the stirrings of a completely new art that will be born of new artists.
The Ishibashi Foundation was recognized as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation by the Prime Minister’s Office in 2012, and so the new Artizon Museum will continue to work to serve the public interest. We hope that having been reborn as a new museum, we will be able to present the varied pleasures of art to all people, surpassing generational and geographical borders.

* The renderings presented here are from the planning stage; the finished museum may differ.