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Past ExhibitionsSpecial Exhibition
The Cubist Revolution
An Exhibition from the Collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris

Tuesday, 3 October 2023 – Sunday, 28 January 2024
9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Fridays and Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays (except for 9 October 2023 and 8 January 2024), 10 October, 28 December 2023 – 1 January 2024, and 9 January
Special Exhibition Wing
Admission Fees
Adults 2,200 yen, college students 1,400 yen, high school students 1,000 yen
  • * 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.
  • * Students and faculty members at National Museum of Art Campus Member institutions may view this exhibition on specially priced tickets (students = 1,200 yen, faculty members = 2,000 yen). These tickets are available at the National Museum of Western Art Ticket Office.
  • * You can also see the permanent exhibition on the same day of viewing this exhibition.
  • * Reservations are not required to visit this exhibition.
  • * To alleviate congestion at The National Museum of Western Art Ticket Office, the online ticket purchase is recommended for this exhibition. For details, please check the official ticket website外部リンク.
Organized by
The National Museum of Western Art
The Centre Pompidou
Nikkei Inc.
TV TOKYO Corporation
BS TV TOKYO Corporation
Supported by
Ambassade de France/Institut français du Japon
Sponsored by
Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., Ltd.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP)
With the cooperation of
Japanese Friends of the Centre Pompidou
The Western Art Foundation
Travelling Venue
Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art
Wednesday, 20 March – Sunday, 7 July 2024
Official website外部リンク

Invented by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque during the early twentieth century, Cubism revolutionized Western art like never before in history. The name derives from a description of 1908 landscape paintings by Braque as “cubes.” The movement was an attempt at breaking away from three-dimensional representations of space using the traditional Western painting techniques of perspective and shading and at creating compositions from forms geometrically transformed into planes. Cubism freed painting from its positioning since the Renaissance, in which it was regarded as a replication of the real world. In addition, by fundamentally changing painting and sculptural representation, Cubism paved the way for abstract art, Dada, and Surrealism. Boldly challenging conventional aesthetics and opening up new possibilities for visual expression, Cubism had a powerful impact on the young artists who flocked to Paris. It spread around the world at lightning speed, into fields as varied as decoration and design, architecture, and scenography, and had a decisive influence on subsequent diverse developments in art.

The Centre Pompidou in Paris boasts one of the world’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art. This exhibition brings numerous priceless works in that collection that define the history of Cubism to Japan. Among these, over fifty will be shown in Japan for the first time. Cubism was the true starting point of twentieth-century art and opened up new horizons. This exhibition presents its rich developments and dynamism through about 140 works consisting mainly of paintings by about forty major artists, as well as sculptures, sketches, prints, film, and documents. It is the first full-scale Japanese exhibition to tackle Cubism head-on in about fifty years.

Exhibition Checklist (PDF file, about 706KB)PDF

  • image:Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman
    Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman
    June – July 1907 / Oil on canvas / 66×59cm
    Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de création industrielle
    (Achat, 1965)
    ©2023 – Succession Pablo Picasso – BCF(JAPAN)
    ©Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Philippe Migeat/Dist. RMN-GP
  • image:Georges Braque Fuit Dish, Ace of Clubs
    Georges Braque Fuit Dish, Ace of Clubs
    Early 1913 / Oil, pencil and charcoal highlights on canvas / 81 x 60 cm
    Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de création industrielle (Don de Paul Rosenberg, 1947)
    ©ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2023 E5331
    ©Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-GP
  • images:Robert Delaunay The City of Paris
    Robert Delaunay The City of Paris
    1910-1912 / Oil on canvas / 267 x 406 cm
    Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de création industrielle (Achat de l’Etat, 1936. Attribution, 1937)
    ©Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Georges Meguerditchian/Dist. RMN-G
  • images:Marc Chagall Bella with White Collar
    Marc Chagall Bella with White Collar
    1917 / Oil on linen canvas / 149 x 72 cm
    Centre Pompidou, Paris, Musée national d’art moderne - Centre de création industrielle (Dation en 1988)
    ©ADAGP, Paris &JASPAR. Tokyo, 2023, Chagall® E5331
    ©Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI/Hélène Mauri/Dist. RMN-GP