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Enjoy Tokyo's Autumn of Art: the Best Exhibitions in November

Enjoy Tokyo's Autumn of Art: the Best Exhibitions in November

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From Okyo Maruyama, one of the most influential and famous painters of the Edo period, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, a representative artist of the School of Paris, to masters of the 20th century, such as Van Gogh and Gauguin, November has an amazing art lineup to offer. Even prehistoric paintings by the ancient Cro-Magnon are on display in this autumn of art - discover a whole new world of creativity and expression!
Photo provided by the Fuchu Art Museum.

The 130th Anniversary Foujita Exibition

The 130th Anniversary Foujita Exibition

October 1st (Sat) to December 11th (Sun)
Along with Modigliani and Chagall, Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita is one of the most representative painters of the famous School of Paris. In the year 1913, he went to Paris at the age of 26 with the goal of recreating the delicate Japanese style of expression in western oil paintings. Particularly the so-called "milky skin" in his nude drawings were - and still are - critically acclaimed. This unique style of painting builds an intriguing bridge between eastern and western aesthetics, represented in international masterpieces that are on display at the 130th Anniversary Foujita Exhibition. Around 110 different artworks can be admired, including a lot of his most famous masterpieces.

Entry: 1,000 yen
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Holiday: Mondays (or the following day should Monday be a national holiday)

Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination

Van Gogh and Gauguin: Reality and Imagination

October 8th (Sat) to December 8th (Sun)
This groundbreaking exhibition focuses on the relationship between two of the grand masters of the 20th century: van Gogh and Gauguin. With the cooperation of various international as well as Japanese museums, around fifty oil paintings of both artists are on display, along with ten masterpieces of Millet, Monet, and Pissarro, those artists who acted as major influences to both van Gogh and Gauguin. Including van Gogh's The Harvest and Gauguin's Grape Harvest at Arles (Human Anguish), exhibited for the first time in Japan, a lot of acclaimed masterpieces can be admired in this exhibition.

Entry: 1,600 yen
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays October 22nd, and November 2nd, 3rd, and 5th)
Holiday: Mondays (In the case of a National Holiday, the following day will be closed.)

  • Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum
    • Address 8-36, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      7 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3823-6921

Lascaux: The Cave Paintings of the Ice Age

Lascaux: The Cave Paintings of the Ice Age

November 1st (Tue) to February 19th, 2017 (Sun)
The famous wall paintings in the Lascaux Caves in southwestern France have been registered as a World Heritage Site in 1979. In a special exhibition called "Lascaux: The Cave Paintings of the Ice Age," these ancient drawings have been reproduced authentically and in their original size, making use of the latest technology. Two of the most famous paintings, the "Nave" and the "Well Scene," can be admired from up close. As this unique exhibition deals with the entire world of the Cro-Magnon people, there are more items on display than just the cave paintings. It is the very first time that painting tools and materials found in the Lascaux caves are exhibited in public - do not miss this unique opportunity to discover the roots of human creativity.

Entry: 1,600 yen
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays)
Holiday: Mondays, December 28th to January 1st, January 10th

  • National Museum of Nature and Science
    • Address 7-20, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8718
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      5 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5777-8600

Special Anniversary Exhibition: Maruyama Okyo

Special Anniversary Exhibition: Maruyama Okyo
Fujibana-zu Byobu (folding screen with Wisteria flowers), Maruyama Okyo Japan, Edo period 1776 Nezu Art Museum

November 3rd (Wed, national holiday) to December 18th (Sun)
The Nezu Museum was opened in 1941 by the businessman Kaichiro Nezu in an attempt to collect and save various antiquities from Japan and the East. This exhibition is held in honor of the museum's 75th anniversary and is centered on the precious works of Maruyama Okyo, one of the most important painters of the Edo period. By the time of the mid-Edo period, he had mastered the art of Chinese painting and created an entirely new style by sketching with models, something that hadn't been done in Japanese art before, and thus founded the Maruyama school. One of the works to be admired in this exhibition is the Fujibana-zu Byobu, a folding screen with Wisteria flowers painted on it, a designated important cultural property. This is a unique opportunity to discover his famous art style from up close.

Entry: 1300 yen 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Holidays: Mondays (In the case of a National Holiday, the following day will be closed.)

  • Nezu Museum
    • Address 6-5-1, Minamiaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo, 107-0062
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    • Nearest Station Omotesando Station (Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3400-2536

A Century of Dreams - The Warring States Period Exhibition

A Century of Dreams - The Warring States Period Exhibition
Folding screens of scenes of the Kawanakajima Battle

November 23rd (Wed, holiday) to January 29th (Sun), 2017
At the end of Japan's Muromachi period (1392 – 1573), the political power was split between various feudal lords throughout the country while the ruling Imperial Court was declining - this lead to turbulent times known as Sengoku period, also referred to as the Warring States period. War wasn't the only thing that marked these times, however, as culture really started to blossom around the very same court in Kyoto that experienced a loss of influence. Painting and architectural styles, and even the tea ceremony emerged from this rather chaotic era.

The Century of Dreams exhibition showcases this vibrant culture of the Sengoku period, exhibiting famous artwork and beauties of craftsmanship such as the famous sword called tachi-mei Yasutsuna, also dubbed the "Demon Slayer," an important cultural property from the Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Other highlights include the folding screen "Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons" by Kano Motonobu from the Hakutsuru Fine Art Museum in Kobe.

The entire exhibition offers a fascinating and broad insight into the fine arts of the Warring States period, showing an entirely different side to these turbulent times.
※The exhibits change during the period of the exhibition.

Entry: 1,350 yen
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (until 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays)
Last entry: 30 minutes before closing time.
Holidays: Mondays, New Year's (December 26th (Mon) to January 1st (Sun)
The museum is open on January 2nd, 9th, and 16th.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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