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  • Albrecht Dürer Religion/Portraits/Nature Prints and Drawings
  • 26 October 2010 – 16 January 2011
  • Venue: National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo

    Organized by: National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo; Asahi Shimbun; National Gallery Victoria Melbourne

    With support of: Australian Embassy, German Embassy

    With contribution of: Daishinsha

    In cooperation with: Qantas Airlines  Japan Airlines  Western Art Foundation

    Number of visitors: 69,599

Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) noted in his Das Lehrbuch der Malerei, an art theory book for young people who wanted to be painters, that the most important things in art are “religion, portraits and nature.” This exhibition explores Dürer’s artistic philosophy through its exploration of his visualization of these themes. While recognized as a major German Renaissance painter, he played an even greater role as a printmaker. Dürer produced some extremely avant-garde works in the print arts, which were developing as part of the printing technology advances of the day.
This exhibition focuses on 105 prints from the collection of the National Gallery Victoria, Melbourne, Australia, combined with 49 prints from the NMWA collections and 3 drawings from the Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, for a total of 157 works. This exhibition marks the first display in Japan of the renowned Melbourne collection of Dürer works assembled at the end of the 19th century by the Englishman Barlow. We hope that visitors to the exhibition will enjoy this opportunity to explore Dürer’s drawing and print arts.

Lectures, gallery talks and other programs will accompany the exhibition. Please see each page for the details on these programs.

Related Exhibition
APOCALYPSE: from Dürer to Redon
This exhibition focuses on Dürer’s Apocalypse series and reveals its revolutionary qualities and influence on later generations.
Dates: Saturday 23 October - Sunday 5 December 2010
Venue: The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts (Tokyo, Ueno Park)
*Please be aware that a separate admission ticket is required for this exhibition.

Related Symposium (In Japanese only)
“Dürer: Five Centuries of Reception and Influence”
Date and Time: Saturday 13 November 2010, 11:00 - 18:00
Venue: Meiji Gakuin University, Shirokane Campus
Organized by: Meiji Gakuin University, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
In cooperation with: Society for Study of Art History in the German Language Region

Symposium open to the general public. For further information, please contact (In Japanese only):
Meiji Gakuin University, Art Studies Office 03-5421-5380

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