Van Gogh & Japan
In a nutshell
Japan has been and continues to be enamored with Vincent van Gogh. Japan was a source of great inspiration to van Gogh, particularly the colors and the depiction of nature. He collected woodblock prints and was interested in Japanese culture. Van Gogh’s work is displayed together with some of the Japanese works that influenced his art. The last section details how van Gogh was idolized in Japan after his death and many famous Japanese painters and intellectuals traveled all over Europe to see his work.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is a large museum and provides a good venue for this exhibit.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
While the audio guide is available in English and is quite good, the handouts are in Japanese only as is the wall text adjacent to the individual pieces.
It is exciting to see the gorgeous, colorful van Goghs together with the beautiful Japanese prints, offering a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the techniques and colors side by side. The guestbooks, poems and travel diaries demonstrate the reverence with which the Japanese hold van Gogh.
Lovers of van Gogh and Japanese woodblock prints alike will enjoy this exhibition. It’s a great way to learn more about Japan through the interest in van Gogh’s life and work.
How far out?
Centrally located in Ueno Park.
How much time?
About 45 minutes.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission
January 8, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely see it if you’re in the area, make a special trip if you love van Gogh.