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Past ExhibitionsExhibition
Picasso and His Time:
Masterpieces from Museum Berggruen / Nationalgalerie Berlin

Saturday, 8 October 2022 – Sunday, 22 January 2023
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays (except for 10 October, 2 and 9 January, 2023), 11 October, 30 December, 2022- 1 January, 2023 and 10 January
Special Exhibition Wing
Admission Fees
Adults 2,100 yen, college students 1,500 yen, high school students 1,100 yen
  • * To alleviate congestion, this exhibition will introduce an advance reservation system. For details, please check the official ticket websiteExternal link.
  • * 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 = 1,300 yen, faculty members = 1,900 yen). These tickets are available at the National Museum of Western Art Ticket Office.
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
Museum Berggruen, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The Tokyo Shimbun
Kyodo News
Supported by
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Tokyo
Goethe-Institut Tokyo
With the sponsorship of
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of
Lufthansa Cargo AG
The Western Art Foundation
Traveling Venue
The National Museum of Art, Osaka
Saturday 4 February - Sunday 21 May 2023

This exhibition presents a selection of 20th century art, including works from across Picasso’s entire oeuvre, from the Museum Berggruen’s unparalleled collection.

Beginning in 1948, the German-born art dealer Heinz Berggruen (1914-2007) began collecting art for himself as he operated an art gallery in Paris, building a world-leading private collection in the process. In 1996, his collection went on display in his hometown of Berlin in a building facing the Charlottenburg Palace. In 2000, the major works in his collection were purchased by the German government, and in 2004, the museum was renamed the Museum Berggruen. Today the museum is one of the Berlin State Museums and is world-renowned for its many outstanding exhibitions.

Until his final years Berggruen continued to acquire and sell or trade works as he strove to build on the collection’s particular characteristics. In the end he focused the collection’s strengths on works by his four favorite artists, namely, Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse, and Alberto Giacometti. The resulting collection featuring carefully selected works by these four artists, along with those of Paul Cézanne, the patriarch of Modern Art, who they had all studied under, fully conveys the richly creative and vitality-filled arts of these 20th century Masters.

This exhibition, made possible by current renovations at the Museum Berggruen, presents 97 carefully selected works from this highly individualistic collection, joined by 11 works owned by or on deposit at Japan’s National Museum of Art institutions, for a total of 108 works on display. This is the first comprehensive introduction of the Berggruen collection outside its own facilities, and the debut showing in Japan of 76 of the 97 Berggruen collection works.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 0.98MB)