Anniversary Projects

Timely Connections: Hidden Western-Style Paintings in Tokyo National Museum

June 7, 2022 (Tue) - July 18, 2022 (Mon)

Heiseikan Thematic Exhibition Room

In its early years, Tokyo National Museum collected paintings and prints in Western styles by living artists, though these works are rarely displayed due to current exhibition policies. The paintings and prints exhibited here show how the museum grew and evolved while maintaining close relationships with contemporary art and society.

This exhibition considers these works from three perspectives: I. Connections with the World, II. Connections with Contemporary Art, and III. Connections with Social Conditions.

Major Works in this Exhibition

Prince Charles Hiding in the Scottish Highlands, By Ronald Robert McIan, 19th century, Gift of Glasgow Museums

Mount Fuji with Woodcutters on Their Way Home, By Alfred William Parsons, Meiji era, 1892

Sketches from the World War, By Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen, 1915–16