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[Special Exhibition Wing]
In Dialogue with Nature
From Friedrich, Monet, 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
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
Admission Fees:
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 website.
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.
In Dialogue with Nature (Exhibition special website)
[Prints and Drawings Gallery] Examining Western Prints – nature: Mastering Line, Transcending Line

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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)

The Sudarium Held by One Angel
Vincent van Gogh
The Wheatfield behind Saint Paul’s Hospital with a Reaper
1889 Oil on canvas
Museum Folkwang, Essen
© Museum Folkwang, Essen
Student at a Table by Candlelight
Gerhard Richter
1970 Oil on canvas
Museum Folkwang, Essen
© Gerhard Richter 2022 (13012022)
© Museum Folkwang, Essen
<The Prisons (Le Carceri)> (1st edition): (1) Title Plate
Claude Monet
Water Lilies
1916 Oil on canvas
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Matsukata Collection
Casper David Friedrich
Woman in Front of Setting Sun
c. 1818 Oil on canvas
Museum Folkwang, Essen
© Museum Folkwang, Essen


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