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Past Exhibitions
[Special Exhibition]
Arcimboldo: Nature into Art

[Special Exhibition]
Arcimboldo: Nature into Art

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 - Sunday, 24 September 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am - 9:00 pm
23 June, 24 June 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays, except 17 July, 14 August and 18 September 2017
Closed on18 July 2017
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Asahi Shimbun
With the sponsorship of
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.,
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.,
BREMBO, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
With the cooperation of
Alitalia - Società Aerea Italiana, ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD., The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees
Adults 1,600 yen, College students 1,200 yen, High school students 800 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 21 March to Monday 19 June 2017. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Sunday 18 June 2017.
Full admission fees apply from Tuesday 20 June 2017.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Number of visitors

Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593) was a painter born in Milan, Italy and active in the latter half of the 16th century at the Hapsburg court in Vienna and later in Prague.

Arcimboldo was a multifaceted “court entertainer”, whose unique and whimsical works gained favor with Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor and lover of rare artworks.

Arcimboldo’s name is primarily and widely remembered as the creator of numerous allegorical portraits, where the subject’s form is made up of a truly ingenious combination of unrelated motifs, such as fruit, vegetables, fish and books. These strange, cipher-like paintings, in which it is hard to separate the interactions between fantasy and reason, surprise, stimulate and amuse the senses and invite interpretation. They proved to be a major stimulus for the Surrealists and later artists of the 20th century.

The approximately 100 works in this exhibition -- arranged around a core of drawings and about 10 oil paintings by Arcimboldo lent by major museums worldwide -- will help viewers understand the secrets behind his creation of an imaginary world, along with his influence on his successors. We hope that visitors will enjoy this first introduction in Japan of Arcimboldo’s weirdly witty and wonderful artistry.

Lectures and Slide Talks will be also held at a museum. Please visit each page for detail.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 844KB)PDF