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Past ExhibitionsSpecial Exhibition
In Dialogue with Nature
From Friedrich, Monet and Van Gogh to Richter

Saturday, 4 June - Sunday, 11 September 2022
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays (except 18 July and 15 August), 19 July
Special Exhibition Wing
Adults 2,000 yen (1,900 yen), college students 1,200 yen (1,100 yen), high school students 800 yen (700 yen)
Numbers in parenthesis indicate the discount fees.
To alleviate congestion, this exhibition will introduce an advance reservation system. For details, please check the official ticket websiteOpen in a different window.
Admission is free for junior high school students and under.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge, with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
As part of our efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, no group tickets will be sold for this exhibition.
Students and faculty members at National Museum of Art Campus Member institutions may view this exhibition on specially priced tickets (students = 1,000 yen, faculty members = 1,800 yen). These tickets are available at the National Museum of Western Art Ticket Office.
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
The Yomiuri Shimbun
NHK Promotions Inc
In collaboration with
Museum Folkwang
With the support of
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan
With the special sponsorship of
With the sponsorship of
Evonik Japan Co., Ltd.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Toppan Inc.
With the cooperation of
Lufthansa Cargo AG
The Western Art Foundation

To commemorate the post-renovation reopening of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, we offer an exhibition that traces the development of modern art born out of the dialogue between nature and humankind.

The event has been realized in collaboration with the Museum Folkwang in Essen, Germany. Both institutions were founded on private collections: that of Karl Ernst Osthaus [1874–1921] in the one case and Matsukata Kōjirō [1866–1950] in the other. As we can see, these two men were near contemporaries. Earlier in the year, modern artworks from the Matsukata Collection and the Osthaus Collection were brought together for another showing in Germany, Renoir, Monet, Gauguin: Images of a Floating World (6 February–15 May 2022, Museum Folkwang).

The present exhibition, In Dialogue with Nature, comprises works collected from the museumsʼ earliest beginnings down to the present day: paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs, spanning from German Romanticism to the art of the twentieth century (with Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the core). It sets out to explore how sensibility to nature has contributed to the development of artistic expression in the modern era.

The transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth centuries was accompanied by rapid modernization in many fields: industry, society, science. Artists, looking at nature with new knowledge and an altered gaze, created a diverse range of works in response to this always fertile source of inspiration. Some leapt from the studio into the light of the open air, attempting to grasp the ephemeral moment; others, in the pursuit of an eternal vision of nature, relied on their own insights or experimented with innovative forms. Certain works chose cycles of nature on which to project human endeavors.

Please enjoy the reverberations of these manifold images, hewn out of the infinite expanse of nature, the fruits of two combined collections: everything from the smallest roadside flowers to the vast universe and all humanity contained therein. At a time when the relationship between nature and humankind is undergoing profound reassessment, we sincerely hope the artworks on display may lead visitors to a creative and heartfelt dialogue with the natural world.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 1.7 MB)PDF