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The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

The Phillips Collection: A Modern Vision

In a nutshell

In 1921 Duncan Phillips opened what is considered to be the first museum devoted in modern art in the United States. The Phillips Collection is located in Washington, DC and even those who have visited this museum will appreciate the works in this exhibition. The artworks are grouped by the decade they were acquired and this, together with the exhibition text, provides interesting insight into Duncan Phillips the art collector. His emphasis on collecting the most unique, rather than the most famous or representative, examples of an artist’s work provides the viewer with the opportunity to see some of the world’s most famous artists in new ways.

The venue

The Mitsubishi Ichigokan is a Queen Anne style red brick building with a beautiful garden area surrounded by boutiques and shops. The exhibition rooms are on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

Everything but the extended captions (additional information about the works themselves) is in English. The audio guide is in English and provides detailed information about several specific works.


The museum set up a room on the 3rd floor with high quality reproductions of several pieces that visitors are encouraged to photograph.

The feels

Seventy five artworks by artists such as Pierre Bonnard, Pablo Picasso, Berthe Morisot, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, Georges Braque and more are a delight to see in person.


This exhibition not only provides an opportunity to see some unique pieces by world famous artists, it also provides a narrative about the collector, Duncan Phillips, and his tastes and preferences in assembling the artworks that would become the Phillips Collection.

How far out?

Located in Marunouchi, about a five minute walk from the Nijubashi-Mae or Hibiya metro stations.

How much time?

About an hour.

How much money?

¥1,700 for general admission. If you are a foreigner and show your passport, or fill out a simple form in English, your admission is reduced to ¥1,500.

Until when?

February 11, 2019

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.



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