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三菱一号館美術館Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

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With the vision as a museum at the center of urban life, accessible Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is located in Marunouchi, Tokyo都市生活の中心としての美術館という視点で、利便性も重視した三菱一号館美術館は、JR東京駅から徒歩5分の丸の内の一角に建つ。2010年初の開館後は、19世紀後半から20世紀前半の近代美術を主題とする企画展を年3回開催している。

この赤煉瓦の建物は、1894(明治27)年、開国間もない日本政府が招聘した英国人建築家ジョサイア・コンドルの設計により、三菱が東京・丸の内に建設した初めての洋風事務所建築「三菱一号館」が原型。老朽化のために1968(昭和43)年に解体されたが、40年ほどの時を経て、コンドルの原設計に則って美術館として同じ地によみがえった。復元に際しては、明治期の設計図や解体時の実測図の精査に加え、各種文献、写真、保存部材などに関する詳細な調査が実施。また、階段部の手すりの石材など、保存されていた部材を一部建物内部に再利用したほか、意匠や部材だけではなく、その製造方法や建築技術まで忠実に再現するなど、様々な実験的取り組みが行われた。

コレクションは、建物と同時代の19世紀末西洋美術を中心に、アンリ・ド・トゥールーズ=ロートレック、オディロン・ルドン、フェリックス・ヴァロットン作品等を収蔵。都市と美術の深い関わりから、そしてさらに、欧米と日本やアジア、アフリカなどの美術との緊密な交流から、多くの豊かな創造がなされた19世紀から20世紀という時代に焦点をあて、国内外の美術館や周辺の文化施設との連携・ネットワークを築きながら、変貌する現代の美と歴史的美の系譜との結節点を求めて、学術的意義の深い展覧会を、新たな切り口で展開している。

館内には、ミュージアムカフェ「Cafe1894」、ミュージアムショップ「Store1894」、丸の内の歴史体感スペース「歴史資料室」も併設されており、オフィス街散策の途中でふらりと立ち寄る楽しみ方もできる。

三菱一号館美術館
住所:東京都千代田区丸の内2-6-2
開館時間:10:00~18:00(祝日を除く金曜日・会期最終週平日は20:00まで)
※入場は閉館の30分前まで、展示により時間変更の場合あり
定休日:毎週月曜日(祝日・振替休日、展覧会会期中最終週の場合は開館)年末、元旦、展示替え期間
※臨時の開館・休館の場合あり
入館料:展示により異なる
TEL:03-5777-8600
http://mimt.jp

Text:Aya Shomura
where within a 5-minute walk from JR Tokyo Station. Since its opening in 2010, present three or four exhibitions a year which focus on the 19th century modern art signifying the sources of modern society.

The red brick museum building was restored based on the original design of the office building built by British architect Josiah Conder (1852-1920) in 1894, at the invitation of the Japanese government not long after the country had ended a long period of national seclusion. The structure, erected by Mitsubishi as the first Western-style office building in Tokyo’s Marunouchi district. Having aged significantly, the original structure was torn down in 1968, and now, some 40 years later, it has been reconstructed on the same lot according to Conder’s original plans. As part of the restoration project, along with a review of the Meiji-era blueprints and survey maps dating from the building’s dismantling, extensive surveys of various documents, photographs, and extant structural components were conducted. In addition to reusing some of the building’s interior components, such as the handrails for the staircases, the structure was reproduced as faithfully as possible down to the use of specific building methods and architectural techniques.

Its collection of works from artists from the end of the 19th century, including Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon and Félix Vallotton, relate in so many ways to the geographical and historical nature of Marunouchi, which developed as a portal to Japan, which has been open to the world since the Meiji era. This is because an abundance of creative activity flourished particularly from the 19th to 20th centuries due to the close connection between the city and art, as well as from profound art exchange between Western countries and Japan, other Asian countries, and Africa. And while building networks with numerous museums around the world and other cultural facilities in the surrounding area, they develop their activities on a longterm basis in an international setting. By searching for links between the dynamic contemporary beauty and the inherited historical beauty, they provide new perspectives on art to the wide range of people.

You can visit the museum on a whim on an ordinary day as go about your daily life, and once you are inside, an encounter with spectacular beauty and a new sense of values awaits you, including a classic museum cafe “Cafe1894“, museum shop “Store1894” and display area about the history of the Marunouchi “Archive Room“.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Address: 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 18:00 (Final Week of Exhibitions: Monday–Friday 10:00–20:00. If Friday is a national holiday, close at 18:00)
*Last entry is 30 minutes prior to closing time. Hours are subject to change.
Closed on Mondays (except when Monday is a national holiday or final week of exhibitions), year-end holiday, January 1, and while exhibitions are being changed.
*Closing dates are subject to change
Admission Ticket price varies by event.
Tel: +81(0)3 5777 8600 (Hello dial)
http://mimt.jp

Text:Aya Shomura

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