Frank Brangwyn Exhibition

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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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), assembled the collection in Europe from the end of the 1910s through the 1920s. The painter Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956) was the advisor who helped Matsukata with his collecting activities. Matsukata was fascinated by Brangwyn's paintings of shipyards and laborers, and he began to buy works by Brangwyn. Eventually Matsukata gave Brangwyn the responsibility of designing the “Kyoraku Art Museum” that he planned for the public display of his collection. The economic crisis that hit Japan after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake meant that Matsukata's museum was never built, but if it had been built, we can surmise that it would have presented a comprehensive display of Brangwyn's works and his design capabilities.

Brangwyn was the first living artist honored with a one-man show at the Royal Academy, and he went on to contribute to numerous wall paintings for public structures in England, Canada and even the Rockefeller Center in New York. Amidst the flourishing decorative arts movement of the day, Brangwyn's oeuvre spanned not only paintings, but also the designs for carpets, furniture, ceramics, prints and illustrated books.

This exhibition is the first exhibition in Japan of Brangwyn's arts and centers on his relationship with Matsukata. The exhibition is comprised of a selection of approximately 120 works assembled from close to 30 museums and collectors in eight countries. In addition to Brangwyn's sketches for the Kyoraku Art Museum, this exhibition will attempt, to the greatest degree possible, a reassembly of the Brangwyn works formerly in the Matsukata Collection. It is our hope that visitors will enjoy Brangwyn's multifaceted talents, as seen in his colorful compositions and powerful depictive skills.



From 2010-02-23 To 2010-05-30


Frank Brangwyn



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