Temporary Exhibition (Temporary Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2)

Monet’s Legacy

Claude Monet “Water Lilies” 1906 owned by Yoshino Gypsum Co., Ltd, permanent loan to the Yamagata Museum of Art

2018.4.25(wed) – 7.1(sun)

Claude Monet’s Water Lilies on the walls of the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris are widely acknowledged as Monet’s masterpiece in his later years. However, his daring and unorthodox expressions were only truly understood after World War II. Ever since then, Monet’s artworks have inspired all kinds of avant-garde artists and influenced modern artists beyond the category of Impressionists to date. This exhibition looks at the depth and the breadth of Monet’s works examined in comparison to modern art. Almost a hundred years have gone by since Monet worked on his Water Lilies walls. This exhibition lets you enjoy the ultimate form of his art that shines through generations as an avant-garde work.

Impressionist Masterpieces from the E.G. Buehrle Collection, Zurich (Switzerland)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir “Portrait Mademoiselle Irène Cahen d`Anvers (Little Irene)” 1880

7.28(sat) – 9.24(mon)

The E.G. Buehrle Collection in Zurich, Switzerland, is one of the most acclaimed private collections in the world, with an astonishing lineup of well-known paintings by Renoir, Cézanne, and Van Gogh. This exhibition introduces sixty-four pieces centering on Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. About half the works are being shown in Japan for the first time, and one of them is a large piece, more than four meters long, from Monet’s late Water Lilies series, which has left Switzerland for the first time. This may be the last chance to see so many pieces from the E.G. Buehrle Collection at one viewing in Japan. Please do not miss this rare opportunity to enjoy masterpieces that will take your breath away.

The Best Selections of the Nagoya City Art Museum

Frida Kahlo “Girl with Death Mask” 1938

10.6(sat) – 11.25(sun)

Nagoya City Art Museum, opened on April 22, 1988, and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The museum accumulated 2,106 pieces within its first ten years, which increased to 4,332 pieces in the museum’s 20th year. As of March 31, 2018, the number of artworks in the collection had reached 6,278. To mark its 30th anniversary, the museum is exhibiting selected pieces from its collection in temporary exhibition galleries that showcase the history of its collected works.


Alvar Aalto -Second Nature
An Exhibition of the Vitra Design Museum and the Alvar Aalto Museum

Aalto in his studio, 1945 ©Alvar Aalto Museum Photo : Eino Mäkinen

12.8(sat) – 2019.2.3(sun)

Born in the Scandinavian country of Finland, Alvar Aalto (1898-1976) was an acclaimed architect worldwide, known for his style that utilized organic materials such as wood and bricks to create a harmonious relationship with surrounding nature. Aalto aimed for an overall harmony in a space as a whole, paying great attention to tiny details in his product designs ranging from doorknobs, lighting, furniture, through to glassware. This large retrospective exhibition of Alvar Aalto is the first to be held in 20 years in Japan, and is supervised by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, and supported by the Alvar Aalto Foundation. Characterized by its ability to let viewers feel human warmth, Aalto’s work will touch many hearts in Japan.

Tatsuno Toeko

Tatsuno Toeko “WORK 83-P-5” 1983, Private collection

2019.2.16(sat) – 3.31(sun)

Tatsuno Toeko (1950-2014) came under the spotlight in the 1970s with her prints created with a motif of grids and stripes. After the 1980s, she went on to pursue originality in her expressions, drawing organic shapes in an abundance of colors. Her large oil paintings in particular received high praise. An enormous number of drawings and prints of many kinds suggest that this painter continuously explored the possibilities of abstract paintings through broad perspectives and that these paper-based pieces were sometimes the trigger of her trial-and-error attempts. This exhibition focuses on her rarely seen paper-based works and reevaluates Tatsuno’s work as a painter.