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Richter/ Courbet

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 – Sunday, 20 January 2019
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays from 22 June through 29 September, last Friday of every month 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Fridays, Saturdays after October 2018 except the last Friday of the month 9:30 am - 8:00 pm
17 November 2018 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 16 July, 13 August, 17 September, 24 September, 8 October, 24 December, and 14 January. Closed on 17 July, 25 September, 9 October, 28 December-1 January, and 15 January.
Balcony, Permanent Collection Gallery, 2nd floor, Main building
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The National Museum of Western Art
Cooperated by:
Wako Works of 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.

A Courbet landscape painting hangs on the wall of Gerhard Richter's dining room, and his own work Sils Maria, hangs in a neighboring room as glimpsed from the dining room.

On the one hand, Gustave Courbet (1819-1877) broke new ground in the history of modern painting in the middle of the 19th century by founding a Realist style based on the concept of art vivant, living art. On the other hand, Gerhard Richter (b. 1932) appeared in the 1960s as one of the flag-bearers of Capitalist Realism, and has since been at the cutting edge of contemporary art. At first glance these two painters of past and present seem to have no connection, but here in the museum we have re-created the meeting of the paintings by one deceased and one living painter that can be found in the latter's own home.

Courbet who stood as the "beginning of modern painting history," and Richter, who stands at its end. How does the latter view the paintings of the former? We hope that you will enjoy this opportunity to reconsider the paintings of the past in the NMWA collection in a somewhat different manner, through the eyes of a contemporary painter.

Landscape with a Hunter

Gustave Courbet
Landscape with a Hunter
1873 oil on canvas 80.5 x 120.5 cm
The National Museum of Western Art


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