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Kyoto is a birth place of traditional arts, crafts and performances of Japan,
and has been maintaining its tradition with the coming of the new age.
Here GTK'd like to introduce the monthly art highlights, museums, creators etc.

Van Gogh and Japan

This exhibition gives a unique perspective of Van Gogh, featuring the connection between Van Gogh and Japan.
Since Van Gogh had found some ukiyoe, Japanese woodblock printings, in the attic of a friend’s gallery in Paris, he admired them and studied them. After moving to Arles, south France, he painted the masterpieces that had been influenced by his contact with ukiyoe. When he died in 1890, his quest and dream of Japan seemed to have ended. However they had not disappeared.
Japanese painters who had been impressed by Van Gogh began to make pilgrimages to Auvers, the last place of Van Gogh’s life, leaving messages and drawings in the visitors book.
This exhibition will display about forty of Van Gogh’s masterpieces as well as original Japanese woodblock printings by which he was influenced. Objects regarding the pilgrimage of Japanese painters to Van Gogh will be introduced as well.

フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ《花魁(溪斎英泉による)》1887年 ファン・ゴッホ美術館(フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ財団)蔵 © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ《種まく人》1888年 ファン・ゴッホ美術館(フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ財団)蔵 © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

フィンセント・ファン・ゴッホ《雪景色》1888年 個人蔵 © Roy Fox

  • January 20th ~ March 4th, 9:30-17:00 (-20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Entry by 30 mins before) Closed on Mondays (except on 2/12) and February 3rd.
  • The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
  • ¥1500/adult, ¥1100/college students, ¥600/high school students. Free of charge under junior high school students. (10 invitation tickets are available for GTK readers. Please email us if you want them:

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