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National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo


National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo
Musée national d'art occidental
Tokyo (Japon)
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Phone : +81-3-3828-5131
Fax :+81-3-3828-5135
The Main Building designed by the French architect Le Corbusier displays pre-18th century paintings, including those by Ritzos, Van Cleve, Veronese, Rubens, Van Ruysdael, and Ribera. Many of these paintings are religious paintings featuring imagery from Christianity. The New Wing displays 19th to early 20th century French paintings, including works by Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Moreau. The galleries also feature works by the next generation of artists, such as Marquet, Picasso, Soutin, Ernst, Miro, Dubuffet and Pollock.

The NMWA drawing collection centers on works by such 18th to 19th century French artists as Boucher, Fragonard, Delacroix, Moreau, Rodin, and Cezanne. The prints collection features works by Durer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Callot, Piranesi, Goya, and Klinger, ranging from the 15th century through the early 20th century. Thematically arranged exhibitions from these prints and drawings collections are held regularly in one gallery of the New Wing.

The NMWA also houses some 58 sculptures by Auguste Rodin, including three works displayed in the museum's forecourt, the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, and the Burghers of Calais. Other pre and post Rodin sculptors featured in the collection include Carpeaux, Bourdelle and Maillol.
   National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : Virtual tour   14 sections and 136 items
National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : European Painting (11)

Main Building

First Floor


14th and 15th Century Italian Paintings (8)

between the XIVth and the XVth century

15th and 16th Century Dutch Paintings (3)

between the XVth and the XVIth century

16th and 17th Century Italian Paintings (8)

between the XVIth and the XVIIth century

16th and 17th Century Flemish Paintings (16)

between the XVIth and the XVIIth century




New Building

Ground Floor




First Floor



National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : French Sculpture (2)

Outside

Ground Floor


Rodin Works (6)


Auguste Rodin began his art study at 14 in the Petite Ecole and in the school of Antoine Barye, earning his living by working for an ornament maker. In 1863 he went to work for the architectural sculptor A. E. Carrier-Belleuse, who had a great influence on him. From 1870 to 1875 he continued in the same trade in Brussels and then briefly visited Italy.

Main Building

Ground Floor


National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : Guide (1)



Guide, map and view by satellite of the National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) (1)

The Main Building designed by the French architect Le Corbusier displays pre-18th century paintings, including those by Ritzos, Van Cleve, Veronese, Rubens, Van Ruysdael, and Ribera. Many of these paintings are religious paintings featuring imagery from Christianity.
National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : Hours   

Open daily excepted monday
Nocturne friday
9:30 a.m. - 05:00 p.m.17:00 (Friday 08:00 p.m.)
Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time
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National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : Visit Guide   
- JR Yamanote Line, Ueno Station, Park Exit
- Keisei Line, Ueno Station
- Ginza and Hibiya Subway Lines, Ueno Station
National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : Description   
The National Museum of Western Art is the premier public art gallery in Japan specializing in art from the Western tradition. The Museum is located in the museum and zoo complex in Ueno Park in central Tokyo. This popular Tokyo museum is also known by the English acronym NMWA (National Museum of Western Art).

MMWA collections
NMWA has purchased art work every year since its establishment in its efforts to build and develop its permanent collection. The museum houses about 4,500 works, including examples of painting and sculpture from the 14th through the beginning of the 20th century. The museum's holdings have expanded in the decades since the museum was first opened to the public:

Paintings; 18th century and earlier
The Main Building displays pre-18th century paintings, including those by Veronese, Rubens, and Fragonard. Many of these paintings are religious paintings featuring imagery from Christianity.

Paintings: 19th-20th century
The New Wing displays 19th to early 20th century French paintings, including works by Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Moreau. The galleries also feature works by the next generation of artists, such as Marquet, Picasso, Soutin, Ernst, Miro, Dubuffet and Pollock.

Drawings
The NMWA drawing collection centers on works by such 18th to 19th century French artists as Boucher, Fragonard, Delacroix, Moreau, Rodin, and Cezanne.

Prints
The prints collection features works by Durer, Holbein, Rembrandt, Callot, Piranesi, Goya, and Klinger, ranging from the 15th century through the early 20th century.

Sculptures
The NMWA also houses some 58 sculptures by Auguste Rodin, including three works displayed in the museum's forecourt, the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, and the Burghers of Calais. Other pre and post Rodin sculptors featured in the collection include Carpeaux, Bourdelle and Maillol.

Le Corbusier's building
The Main Building was designed by the swiss architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris (1887-1965), who is more popularly known as Le Corbusier. It is the only representative example of his work in the Far East; and the New York Times review of its opening suggested that the building itself presented an "artistic significance and beauty" which rivaled the paintings inside. The multi-story, reinforced concrete building was completed in March 1959 as a symbol of the resumption of diplomatic ties between Japan and France after World War II.

In 1998, the importance of the structure was underscored when it was included in the former Ministry of Construction's survey - as on of the hundred selected public buildings (the Kokyo Kenchiku 100 Sen) which are outstanding and "well established in the local community."

Union catalog
The "Union Catalog of the Collections of the National Art Museums, Japan" is an consolidated catalog of material held by the four Japanese national art museums -- the National Museum of Modern Art at Kyoto (MOMAK), the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo (MOMAT), the National Museum of Art in Osaka (NMAO), and the Nation the National Museum of Western Art at Tokyo (NMWA) :
- National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (MOMAK).
- National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT)
- National Museum of Art, Osaka (NMAO)
- The National Museum of Western Art (NMWA)

The online version of this union catalog is currently under construction, with only selected works available at this time.
National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) - Tokyo : History   
The NMWA was established on June 10, 1959. The museum developed around the core art collection of Matsukata Kojiro (1865-1950), whose thinking is mirrored in the museum he anticipated. Matsukata's acquisition strategies were designed to create the nucleus of what he hoped would become an evolving national museum specializing in Western art.

The museum exhibits works from the Renaissance to the early 20th century, many having been acquired since the museum's opening. The museum's purpose is to provide the public with opportunities to appreciate western art. Since its opening, the museum, as Japan's only national institution devoted to western art, has been involved in exhibitions, art work and document acquisition, research, restoration and conservation, education and the publication of materials related to western art.

The museum is involved in the development and organization of a special exhibition every year. These exhibitions feature works on loan from private collections and museums both in and out of Japan. In 1963, NMWA created a splash on the international art scene by bringing together 450 works by the French-Russian artist Marc Chagall. The exhibition brought together Chagall's work from 15 countries, including 8 paintings lent from the Soviet Union; and it was believed to be the most comprehensive show mounted during the artist's lifetime.

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