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Van Gogh & Japan, Exhibition, Painting - Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
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PublishedSeptember 30, 2017 at 07:20pm
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Van Gogh & Japan

Exhibition
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Painting, Tokyo, Japan
Tuesday October 24, 2017 - Monday January 8, 2018
Ends in 46 days 13h

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) was profoundly interested in Japan. From his Paris period to his early days in Arles, he collected ukiyo-e prints and writings on Japanese culture. Conversely, Japanese artists and intellectuals became enamored of Van Gogh after his death and made pilgrimages to his grave in Auvers-sur-Oise in France. Through some 40 of Van Gogh’s oil paintings and sketches plus 50 works by Japanese ukiyo-e artists and Van Gogh’s contemporaries, and abundant historical materials, this exhibition explores the mutual fascination between Van Gogh and Japan, and presents fascinating new perspectives.

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Vincent van Gogh, Courtesan (after Eisen), 1887, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Vincent van Gogh, The Sower, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Vincent van Gogh, Field with Irises near Arles, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Vincent van Gogh, la diligence de Tarascon, 1888
Vincent van Gogh, Oliviers (1889)
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The late 19th century artist, Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), continues to enjoy tremendous popularity even today. Japonism was at its height in 19th century Paris as Japan became an ideal land and source of inspiration for artists fascinated by Japan-related writings and woodblock prints. Then, in the 1920’s, Japanese artists and literati were drawn in turn by the works of Vincent van Gogh and made pilgrimages to visit his last resting place at Auvers-sur-Oise in France. This joint exhibition with the Van Gogh Museum presents Van Gogh oil paintings and sketches from the collections of prestigious museums of the world together with woodblock prints and materials connected with the Auvers pilgrimage to present the allure of Van Gogh through the medium of intersecting dreams.

1. International joint project with the Van Gogh Museum. A Japan first!
The first Van Gogh exhibition in Japan to be held jointly with the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands. After finishing in Japan, the exhibition will be presented at the Van Gogh Museum.

2. Japanese art’s influence on Van Gogh, viewed from many angles
What was Van Gogh’s image of Japan? How did Japanese art influence him? These questions are explored through some 40 Van Gogh works from collections in Japan and abroad, and over 50 works by Japanese Ukiyo-e artists and Van Gogh’s contemporaries.

3. First Japan showing! Three “guestbooks” from the Gachet House
Some 80 historical items—including three guestbooks from the Gachet House—are employed to trace the first wave of Van Gogh pilgrimages made by Japanese. Be present at the intersection of dreams—Van Gogh’s dreams of Japan and those of the Japanese who idolized him.

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