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[New Wing]
Skagen: An Artists’ Colony in Denmark

Friday, 10 February 2017 – Sunday, 28 May 2017
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays and Saturday, 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays, except 20 March, 27 March and 1 May 2017
Closed on 21 March.
New Wing, NMWA
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art, The Art Museums of Skagen, The Tokyo Shimbun
With the support of:
Royal Danish Embassy in Japan, Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces
Supported by the grant-in-aid of:
The Scandinavia-Japan Sasakawa Foundation
With the cooperation of:
Yamato Logistics Co., Ltd., The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 430 yen (220 yen), College students 130 yen (70 yen)
Numbers in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 20 or more.
Admission is free for Special Exhibition or Permanent Collection ticket holders.
Visitors aged 18 and under or 65 and older are admitted free of charge. Please show your ID upon entrance to confirm your age.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Traveling Venue:
Hekinan City Tatsukichi Fujii Museum of Contemporary Art
Tuesday 6 June - Sunday 23 July 2017

Fields of grass dancing in the salt breeze, white sandy beaches, an endless expanse of sky and sea -- Skagen, located on the northern tip of the Jutland peninsula, touches upon both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. For the Danes of the 19th century, it seemed like another world within their own country. From around the 1870s onwards, more and more young painters active in the capital of Copenhagen visited this seaside village where they were mesmerized by the broad expanse of natural landscapes and play of light. Interest in Skagen’s unique scenery gradually spread amongst these artists, and this tiny village without train station or harbor attracted Nordic painters, poets and composers from the end of the 19th century through the early 20th century, where they formed an international artists’ colony.

The painters who worked in Skagen took the Naturalist, or en plein air, approach that was then the new trend in European painting, originating out of France, as they turned to such subjects as the labors of fishermen, seaside scenery, the simple lives of the villagers and the everyday lives of the artists themselves and even their families. Their works that discerned subjects related to the true character of nature and people, drawn from reality itself, were considered to be revolutionary by the Danish art world of the time, which dubbed them a “Modern Breakthrough.” Their fascinating aspects continue to resonate with audiences today.

This exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark will feature 59 works from the Art Museums of Skagen and introduce the Skagen Painters that represent the best of modern Danish art.

Lectures will be also held at a museum. Please visit that page for detail.

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