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Vincent van Gogh, Sunflowers, 1888. Oil on canvas, 921×730 mm © The National Gallery, London. Bought, Courtauld Fund, 1924

The exhibition “Masterpieces From The National Gallery, London” will be held at The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo and The National Museum of Art, Osaka.


The National Gallery, London, was founded in 1824 and is one of the world’s leading museums specializing in Western painting. This exhibition introduces 61 masterpieces from the Gallery’s collection ranging in date from the Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists. This is the first large-scale presentation of works from the National Gallery outside of Britain, and features the first Japanese display of all of the works, including Carlo Crivelli’s The Annunciation, with Saint Emidius and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

This exhibition focuses on the Gallery’s major feature of being a Western art museum founded in Britain and is arranged in the following seven thematic groupings. Namely, collecting the Italian Renaissance, Dutch Painting of the Golden Age, Van Dyck and British portraiture, the Grand Tour, the Discovery of Spain, Landscape and the Picturesque, and French modern art in Britain. The exhibition will provide an overview of European painting history while also considering how European art was received in Britain and the history of artistic interactions between England and the European continent.

Traveling venue is The National Museum of Art, Osaka from November 3rd, 2020 to January 31st, 2021.

Masterpieces From The National Gallery, London
Date: June 18th – October 18th, 2020
Open: 9:30 – 17:30 (Friday and Saturday till 20:00)
Closed on Monday (except March 30th and May 4th, 2020)
Place: The National Museum of Western Art
Address: 7-7 Ueno-park, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Admissions: Adult 1,700 yen, College students 1,100 yen, Students 700 yen
Organized by The National Museum of Western Art, The National Gallery, London, The Yomiuri Shimbun, Nippon Television Network Corporation

The opening has been postponed as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19).

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