Impressionist Masterpieces from the E. G. Bührle Collection
In a nutshell
This exhibition is like a condensed art history class, in the best way. There are works from all the Impressionist heavy hitters (Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir) and other very famous artists post Impressionists (Van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso). The curators did an excellent job providing information about the artists, the works on view, and how the works led up to, represent or progress from Impressionism.
The National Art Center, Tokyo is beautiful, spacious venue. This exhibition is in the Special Exhibition Gallery on the first floor.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
This is the best exhibition I have been to with regard to English. Absolutely all the text is translated into English. There is also an English audio guide.
You may take pictures of only one painting at the end (the Monet waterlily painting above).
This exhibition offers a great mix of learning and appreciation of the beauty of Impressionist art.
While it seems almost passé to like Impressionist art, the works are stunning and, as always, so much more vibrant and appealing in real life.
How far out?
Taking exit 6 from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line takes you directly to the venue.
How much time?
About 45 minutes, longer with the audio guide.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission.
May 7, 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
Worth a special trip.