BOSTON Great Collectors: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts
In a nutshell
This exhibition includes masterpieces from a wide variety of genres: Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese treasures; mid to late 19th century French paintings; American paintings, etchings and photographs; and a few pieces of contemporary art. The MFA has the largest collection of Japanese art outside of Japan and the pieces are gorgeous. The Monets and the van Goghs are wonderful to see in person. Don’t miss the engrossing video Still Life or the Kehinde Wiley painting at the end.
The exhibit is spread out over three floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
Disappointing amount of English. The object labels (artist/title/date/medium and technique) and chapter (section) labels are in Japanese and English. The audio guide and all other wall texts are only in Japanese, including the information about the Boston art collectors, which was unfortunate to miss.
It’s not a cohesive retrospective of an artist’s journey but a broad collection of a wide variety of masterpieces. Fragmented and beautiful.
Given the eclectic nature of the exhibit, there’s something for everyone. Seeing Van Goghs in person is worth the price of admission.
How far out?
Centrally located in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
How much time?
An hour or less.
How much money?
¥1,600 general admission
Until October 9, 2017
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
Worth a special trip for art lovers.