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[Prints and Drawings Exhibition]
The Galerie Maeght and 20th Century Painters—Featuring Derrière le miroir

Saturday, 24 February 2018 – Sunday, 27 May 2018
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 26 March and 30 April 2018.
Prints and Drawings Gallery, New Wing
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art
Admission Fees:
Adults 500 yen (400 yen), College students 250 yen (200 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.

The Galerie Maeght in Paris was established by Aimé Maeght and his wife Marguerite in 1945, immediately after the end of World War II. Forming close ties with the major artists of the 20th century, the Galerie Maeght also actively provided display opportunities for young artists. Soon the Galerie grew to be one of the major venues that fostered contemporary art in postwar France.

Maeght was originally a lithographer who operated a small print studio in the prewar years. He focused his energy on publishing and printing, establishing the art magazine Derrière le miroir in 1946. The issues of this magazine, whose title means “behind the mirror,” became the exhibition catalogues for the exhibitions opening at the same time in the Galerie Maeght. A total of 253 issues were published before it was disbanded in 1982. The magazine was characterized by the excellent reproduction prints, combined with the poems and critiques written by the leading authors of the day. The issues also included newly produced original lithographs by participating artists.

This exhibition presents works by the painters who were closely connected to the Galerie Maeght and Derrière le miroir, specifically Pierre Bonnard, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Marc Chagall, Joan Miró and Wassily Kandinsky. It introduces the realm of the 20th century artists who sought new forms of expression, and reveals the connection between gallery owner Maeght and these individual painters, as it presents approximately 50 works, primarily the lithographs included in Derrière le miroir.

<Small Worlds>: I

Wassily Kandinsky
<Small Worlds>: Ⅰ
lithograph on paper
The National Museum of Western Art

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