Brueghel: 150 Years of an Artistic Dynasty
In a nutshell
The Brueghel family and its influence is the focus of this exhibition. Works from four generations of artists, beginning with Pieter Bruegel the Elder, and their contemporaries, are on display. Religious triptychs, etchings and engravings, ink drawings and oil paintings depict beautiful still lifes of flowers, gorgeous landscapes, allegories of senses and elements, and scenes from merchant and peasant life.
The exhibit is spread out over three floors of the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction, chapter information, title cards and the list of works are in English. All the other information, extended captions and artist information, is in Japanese only. An audio guide is available in English. The guide is a bit different, with narration from the point of view of a subject from a painting, a painter in the workshop, or one of the attributes. This difference made it unique and the supporting narration was informative.
You are not allowed to take photographs.
This type of art can seem old fashioned but the techniques used, the explanation of the Breughel “branding” and the everyday subject matter made the artwork relevant and interesting.
The still lifes, depictions of everyday life, and fantastical landscapes are beautiful to see in person.
How far out?
Centrally located in Ueno Park in Tokyo.
How much time?
About one hour with the audio guide.
How much money?
¥1,600 for general admission.
April 1, 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 worth seeing if you’re in Ueno Park.