National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Arcimboldo: Nature Into Art

    Arcimboldo: Nature Into Art

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Talks
    • 2017-06-20 - 2017-09-24

    Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593) was a painter born in Milan, Italy and active in the latter half of the 16th century at the Hapsburg court in Vienna and later in Prague. Arcimboldo was a multifaceted...More »

  • poster for Le Corbusier’s Artistic Space – His Thought Processes as Seen in the NMWA Plans

    Le Corbusier’s Artistic Space – His Thought Processes as Seen in the NMWA Plans

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    • Media: Architecture - Installation - Workshops - Talks
    • 2017-06-09 - 2017-09-24

    This exhibition focuses on the architecture the museum’s Main Building, which was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage site in 2016. It examines sketches and plans produced by Le Corbusier for this building...More »

  • poster for Théodore Chassériau Parfum Exotique

    Théodore Chassériau Parfum Exotique

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Photography - Prints - Talks
    • 2017-02-28 - 2017-05-28

    This exhibition marks the first full display of the art of Théodore Chassériau (1819-1856) in Japan. Chassériau entered the studio of Ingres in his early teens. Gradually distancing himself from his master...More »

  • poster for Skagen: An Artists’ Colony in Denmark

    Skagen: An Artists’ Colony in Denmark

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2017-02-10 - 2017-05-28

    With fields of grass dancing in the salt breeze, white sandy beaches, and an endless expanse of sky and sea, Skagen is located on the northern tip of the Jutland peninsula, touching upon both the Baltic...More »

  • poster for Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

    Lucas Cranach the Elder: 500 Years of the Power of Temptation

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-10-15 - 2017-01-15

    Lucas Cranach the Elder(1472-1553), who rose to fame as a court painter at Wittenberg, is one of the greatest artists of the German Renaissance. Blessed with a business acumen far in advance of his time,...More »

  • poster for The Drawings of Maurice Denis: Traces of Inspiration on Paper

    The Drawings of Maurice Denis: Traces of Inspiration on Paper

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    • Media: Drawing - Prints
    • 2016-10-15 - 2017-01-15

    The Nabi School (Les Nabi) member Maurice Denis (1870-1943) is one of the painters who holds an important place in the Matsukata Collection. Two years ago the descendants of Teizaburo Kuga and Taro Kuga...More »

  • poster for Sacred and Secular Israhel Van Meckenem & Early German Engraving

    Sacred and Secular Israhel Van Meckenem & Early German Engraving

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    • Media: Prints - Talks
    • 2016-07-09 - 2016-09-19

    Israhel van Meckenem (c. 1445–1503) was a German copperplate printmaker active in the lower reaches of the Rhine River from the latter half of the 15th century through the beginning of the 16th century....More »

  • poster for Dream Analysis Depicted: Dreams Seen Awake / Real Words Seen Asleep

    Dream Analysis Depicted: Dreams Seen Awake / Real Words Seen Asleep

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2016-03-19 - 2016-06-12

    The great German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer stated in the manuscript of his unfinished work Nourishment for Young Painters, “How often do I see great art in my sleep, but on waking cannot recall...More »

  • poster for Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies

    Caravaggio and His Time: Friends, Rivals and Enemies

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2016-03-01 - 2016-06-12

    Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio(1571–1610) was a brilliantly talented Italian painter renowned today as one of the greatest masters of Western art history. Caravaggio’s dramatic use of light and shadow...More »

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    The Gold Legend

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    • Media: Painting - Fashion - Product
    • 2015-10-16 - 2016-01-11

    This exhibition presents numerous masterpieces of gold work from the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean region, along with paintings on the theme of gold, reminding us that the human fascination...More »

  • Le Corbusier: Women and the Sea—Works from the Taisei Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Video and Film
    • 2015-07-14 - 2015-10-04

    Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of architect Le Corbusier (1887–1965), designer of the National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo, this small exhibition presents works on themes of “women” and “the...More »

  • Bordeaux, Port de la Lune

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    • Media: Painting - Fashion - Ceramics
    • 2015-06-23 - 2015-09-23

    The southwestern French port town of Bordeaux has developed a unique and refined urban culture set against the rich background of its wine production tradition that dates back to the Roman era and the...More »

  • poster for Guercino Exhibition

    Guercino Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-03-03 - 2015-05-31

    Guercino (1591-1666) was one of the major painters of the Italian Baroque period who further developed the Baroque aesthetics begun by painters Caravaggio and Carracci. Conversely, he was also a painter...More »

  • Ferdinand Hodler: Towards Rhythmic Images

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2014-10-07 - 2015-01-12

    Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) was a major Swiss painter active from the end of the 19th century through the beginning of the 20th century. Unlike later Swiss artists, such as Paul Klee and Alberto Giacometti,...More »

  • Netherlandish Allegorical Prints

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-10-07 - 2015-01-12

    Allegory refers to the technique of combining and presenting motifs or personification of concepts that hold symbolic meaning in order to impart a message to the viewer, akin to solving a mystery. This...More »

  • poster for The Rings from the Hashimoto Collection of the National Museum of Western Art

    The Rings from the Hashimoto Collection of the National Museum of Western Art

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2014-07-08 - 2014-09-15

    This exhibition commemorates the donation of the Hashimoto Collection of more than 870 jewelry items, primarily rings, to the NMWA in 2012. This exhibition is the first public display of works from this...More »

  • Yo Lo Ví: Dream and Reality in the Prints of Francisco de Goya

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-07-08 - 2014-09-15

    Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) created prints over the course of almost his entire painting career, producing four major series of copperplate prints: “Los Caprichos” (published in 1799),...More »

  • Jacques Callot “Theater of Realism and Fantasy”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-04-08 - 2014-06-15

    Born in the Duchy of Lorraine, Jacques Callot (1592–1635) was a printmaker of exceptional talent, working for the aristocratic families of France and Italy, while also receiving commissions from religious...More »

  • Voices Calling from the Unusual: Hirano Keiichiro’s Selection of Western Art Masterpieces

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-04-08 - 2014-06-15

    Since his debut novel in 1998, L’Eclipse, the major young writer Keiichiro Hirano has published a string of works reflecting his deep knowledge of Western culture, as well as displaying an visual experimentation...More »

  • poster for “Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings”

    “Monet, An Eye for Landscapes: Innovation in 19th Century French Landscape Paintings”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-12-07 - 2014-03-09

    The NMWA and the Pola Museum of Art are two museums that boast the finest Monet collections in Japan, and here they join forces to present a new exhibition of Monet landscapes. This exhibition examines...More »

  • “The 150th Anniversary : The Prints of Edvard Munch from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2013-12-07 - 2014-03-09

    Print production was a major element of Munch’s impressive oeuvre and after making his first print in 1894, Munch continued over the remaining fifty years of his life to produce approximately 850 print...More »

  • “Inside and Outside, the Two Faces of Spanish Informalism in the Collections of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-10-03 - 2014-01-05

    The NMWA presents a collection of 14 works by the Spanish Informalist artists from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain’s major contemporary art museum in Madrid, as part of the events...More »

  • poster for Michelangelo Buonarroti - The Making of a Genius and the 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel

    Michelangelo Buonarroti - The Making of a Genius and the 500th Anniversary of the Sistine Chapel

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    • Media: Drawing - Sculpture
    • 2013-09-06 - 2013-11-17

    Held as a pinnacle of the Renaissance and one of the greatest artists in the history of Western art, Michelangelo Buonarroti (1475-1564) has been revered as a near god-like figure ever since his lifetime...More »

  • poster for “Le Corbusier and 20th Century Art”

    “Le Corbusier and 20th Century Art”

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Sculpture
    • 2013-08-06 - 2013-11-04

    Le Corbusier (1887–1965), designer of the National Museum of Western Art’s Main Building, was not only a major 20th century architect, he was also a multitalented artist active in a huge range of media...More »

  • Picasso’s Animals: From an Illustrated Book Based on Buffon’s Natural History

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2013-07-09 - 2013-08-25

    Pablo Picasso (1881–1973), world-renowned for masterpieces such as Guernica, created a massive number of art works in diverse media, from paintings to sculpture and ceramics. His print oeuvre numbers more...More »

  • poster for Raffaello Santi Exhibition

    Raffaello Santi Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-03-02 - 2013-06-02

    Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520) was one of the great painters of the Italian Renaissance. Raphael brought the Renaissance painting style to maturity, creating a model for later painters. Due to the importance...More »

  • poster for "Traces of Hands: Sculpture and Drawings by Rodin and Bourdelle from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo" Exhibition

    "Traces of Hands: Sculpture and Drawings by Rodin and Bourdelle from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2012-11-03 - 2013-01-27

    The NMWA collection today contains 58 sculptures by Auguste Rodin and 11 by Antoine Bourdelle. These works are not only the core of the NMWA sculpture collection, they are also extremely important holdings...More »

  • poster for "From Renaissance to Rococo. Four Centuries of European Drawing, Painting and Sculpture" Exhibition

    "From Renaissance to Rococo. Four Centuries of European Drawing, Painting and Sculpture" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2012-06-13 - 2012-09-17

    This exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to view Italian painting and sculptures alongside those of the European regions north of the Alps, and thus get a skin-deep personal experience...More »

  • poster for "Kleinmeister: German Small-Format Printmakers in the First Half of the 16th Century" Exhibition

    "Kleinmeister: German Small-Format Printmakers in the First Half of the 16th Century" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2012-06-13 - 2012-09-17

    Block printing exploded in Germany in the first half of the sixteenth century, with numerous talented engravers creating small ("klein") prints the size of postcards or even large stamps. These masters...More »

  • poster for Hubert Robert "Les jardins du Temps"

    Hubert Robert "Les jardins du Temps"

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Product
    • 2012-03-06 - 2012-05-20

    In 18th century Europe, enthralled by the discoveries at the sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum, Hubert Robert (1733-1808) was a French landscape painter who became known later by the nickname Robert des...More »

  • poster for Giovanni Battista Piranesi "The Prisons"

    Giovanni Battista Piranesi "The Prisons"

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2012-03-06 - 2012-05-20

    The Prisons [Carceri d'invenzione] print series was made by the major 18th century Italian print artist, Giovanni Battista Piranesi. These imaginary prisons were created with his impressive and powerful...More »

  • "Goya: Lights and Shadows – Masterpieces of the Museo del Prado" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-10-22 - 2012-01-29

    A pioneer of modern Spanish painting, Francisco de Goya (1746-1828) is renowned for his sharp, critical gaze that sought to depict a variety of social events and situations during one of Europe's most...More »

  • William Blake Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2011-10-22 - 2012-01-29

    William Blake (1757–1827), renowned as a major modern British poet and painter, also created a large number of copperplate prints. Inspired by unique forces, Blake's prints construct a magical, symbolic...More »

  • "The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece from the British Museum" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2011-07-05 - 2011-09-25

    The human form is one of the major and enduring themes in Western art. Based on their belief that the gods and humans share the same form, the ancient Greeks began the first in-depth study of this artistic...More »

  • poster for "Rembrandt: The Quest for Chiaroscuro" Exhibition

    "Rembrandt: The Quest for Chiaroscuro" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-03-12 - 2011-06-12

    Few artists of any period were as renowned for the use of light and shadow as Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). His seemingly limitless variations of bold and subtle shadings cast him as a ‘magician...More »

  • "Outsiders" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2010-12-07 - 2011-02-13

    This small exhibition showcases a selection of prints from the museum collection that focus on the notion of the outsider in Western society, comprising mainly works from the 17th century.More »

  • "Albrecht Dürer Prints and Drawings: Religion/Portraits/Nature" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Prints
    • 2010-10-26 - 2011-01-16

    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.”...More »

  • poster for "Light and Darkness in 19th Century French Prints: Meryon, Bresdin, Bracquemond, Redon" Exhibition

    "Light and Darkness in 19th Century French Prints: Meryon, Bresdin, Bracquemond, Redon" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2010-09-18 - 2010-11-28

    As the popularity of lithographs, primarily produced by Romantic painters, waned in France during the first half of the 19th century, gradually the outlook for the production of prints as art works darkened....More »

  • "Masterpieces from the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples, from Renaissance to Baroque" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2010-06-26 - 2010-09-26

    As indicated by its name, which means top of the hill, the Museo di Capodimonte actually is on the top of a hill in Naples. It is renowned as one of the finest museums in Italy. The museum's collections...More »

  • "Honoré Daumier: Political Lithographs from La Caricature" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2010-06-26 - 2010-09-05

    Honoré Daumier (1808-1879) was a major French satirical print artist who produced approximately 4,000 lithographs and 1,000 woodcuts over the course of his career. This exhibition introduces roughly 40...More »

  • Frank Brangwyn Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-02-23 - 2010-05-30

    The Matsukata Collection was the cornerstone of the collection of the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo. Matsukata Kojiro, first president of the Kawasaki Shipyards (present-day Kawasaki Heavy Industries),...More »

  • Hashi "Rome: Future Deja Vu"

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2009-09-19 - 2009-12-13

    ”Men did not love Rome because she was great. She was great because they had loved her.” This famous statement by the British author G. K. Chesterton sums up the fact that, of all the cities in the world,...More »

  • "The Heritage of the Ancient Roman Empire" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2009-09-19 - 2009-12-13

    The ancient Roman Empire, an empire whose relative longevity and breadth stands as a major accomplishment in the history of mankind. This exhibition traces the Roman Empire from its inception to its glorious...More »

  • "Iconomorphosis: Selected Graphics from the NMWA Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Prints - Talks
    • 2009-07-07 - 2009-08-16

    This year the NMWA marks 50 years since its opening. The museum has been involved in a variety of research and exhibition activities during this half-century, while, all the moreso, continuing the important...More »

  • "Le Corbusier and the National Museum of Western Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Drawing - Architecture - Talks
    • 2009-06-04 - 2009-08-30

    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno Park, Tokyo, in 1959 (Shôwa 34) as an institution for the housing and public display of the Matsukata Collection,...More »

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    "Collection of Louvre Museum - 17th Century European Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-02-28 - 2009-06-14

    Exhibitions of works from the collections of the Louvre have frequently been held in Japan. Usually, when an exhibition of a large museum’s collection is held, it is divided into period and country. The...More »

  • poster for Wilhelm Hammershoi "The Poetry of Silence"

    Wilhelm Hammershoi "The Poetry of Silence"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-09-30 - 2008-12-07

    Wilhelm Hammershoi (1864-1916) was one of Denmark’s major painters, renowned in his own lifetime throughout Europe. Hammershoi’s works were strongly influenced by 17th century Dutch painting, and they...More »

  • poster for "Corot: Souvenirs et Variations" Exhibition

    "Corot: Souvenirs et Variations" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Prints
    • 2008-06-14 - 2008-08-31

    The 19th century French painter Camille Corot (1796-1875) created numerous lyric landscape and figural paintings, and today his oeuvre continues to fascinate artists and art aficionados throughout the...More »

  • poster for "La Venere di Urbino: The Lineage of the Goddess of Beauty from Antiquity to the Renaissance" Exhibition

    "La Venere di Urbino: The Lineage of the Goddess of Beauty from Antiquity to the Renaissance" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-03-04 - 2008-05-18

    This exhibition displays various works on the theme of the goddess Venus, dating from antiquity through the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The exhibition, with its selection of approximately 70 paintings,...More »

  • poster for "Edvard Munch - The Decorative Projects" Exhibition

    "Edvard Munch - The Decorative Projects" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints
    • 2007-10-06 - 2008-01-06

    Edvard Munch (1863-1944) is well known for his series titled "The Frieze of Life", in which he explored themes of love, death, anxiety, and despair. Among other themes that he dealt with, the "decorative"...More »

  • Prayers of the Middle Age, Romanesque Art Photography Exhibition

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    • Media: Photography
    • 2007-06-12 - 2007-08-26
  • "Art from Parma, Italy, Another Capital" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2007-05-29 - 2007-08-26

    This exhibition introduces the art of the 16th and 17th centuries from Parma, located in Northern Italy. This period covers a wide range of art historical eras that flourished in Parma, from the Renaissance,...More »

  • Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-09-12 - 2006-12-10

    This exhibition presents approximately 70 oil paintings from the collection of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts in Brussels. Their collections consists of approximately 20,000 works, including paintings,...More »

  • Fun with Collection 2006

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    • Media: Illustration - Photography - Sculpture - Video and Film
    • 2006-06-04 - 2006-08-31

    This exhibition, which takes "glasses" as its theme, began in 2005 after two years of planning. During Part 1, which was entitled "The variety of glasses: tell us about your way of looking at them" a number...More »

  • Auguste Rodin and Eugène Carrière Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2006-03-07 - 2006-06-04

    This exhibition of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), known as the father of modern sculpture, and Eugène Carrière (1849-1906), known as the painter who taught Matisse and Derain, uses the interchange between...More »

  • "Prints from the Italian Renaissance" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2006-03-06 - 2007-05-06

    The Renaissance period is one of the highlights of Western art history, with many well-known paintings, sculptures, works of architecture and drawings coming from that time. Some may not be aware that...More »

  • Chiaroscuro

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2005-10-08 - 2005-12-11

    Multi-colored woodblock prints in the Renaissance and Baroque. In the beginning of the 16th Century, when printing technologies were expanding quickly, a new technique of woodblock printing was invented...More »

  • poster for Dresden: Mirror of the World - The State Art Collections

    Dresden: Mirror of the World - The State Art Collections

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Crafts
    • 2005-06-28 - 2005-09-19

    Collections from the Dresden Royal Art Museum are on display. In the 17th and 18th century, Dresden became the stage of a cultural exchange that connected the east world and the European world when the...More »

  • Georges de La Tour: World of Light and Shadow

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-03-08 - 2005-05-29

    In 2003, the NMWA purchased “St. Thomas” by Georges de La Tour (1593-1652). To introduce this new acquisition to the general public, the NMWA presents “Georges de La Tour: World of Light and Shadow”,...More »

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    Max Klinger: "Eve and the Future", "A Life", "A Love"

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2005-03-08 - 2005-05-29

    Max Klinger (1857-1920) was a multi-faceted artist in turn-of-the-century Germany. Though he also worked on paintings and sculptures, it was his printmaking in particular which elevated him to fame. ...More »

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    Dutch Mannerist Prints

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2004-09-10 - 2004-12-12

    The word "maniérisme" is thought to have originated from the word "maniera" ("manner" in Italian). Based on renaissance expression, works in the maniérisme style are known for their emphasis on intricate...More »

  • Henri Matisse: Process/Variation

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2004-09-10 - 2004-12-12

    Henri Matisse (1869-1954) is recognized as one of the revolutionary painters of the 20th century who opened up new potential in painterly expression. The beauty of colors and the decorativeness of his...More »

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