Bernard Buffet Museum
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The Bernard Buffet Museum, inaugurated on 25th November 1973, was founded by Kiichiro Okano (1917-1995) to collect and exhibit works by the French painter Bernard Buffet, a prominent postwar figure of French figurative art. The museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Buffet’s works, with more than 2000 oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, engravings, illustrated books, posters and more.
Okano's first encounter with the work of Buffet dates from the early 1950s, when the ravages of WWII were still quite visible. Buffet’s depictions of a sense of postwar vacuity and anxiety made a deep and lasting impression on Okano’s mind. Subsequently, he started collecting representative works from every period of Buffet’s career. Later on, he decided to found a museum near his hometown that would commemorate the achievements of this unique painter as a witness of the historical events of the 20th century. Okano's wish was for “culture to flourish on this soil through the talent of this man of genius”.
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Bernard Buffet: The Voyage of a Painter
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From 10:00 to 17:00
Closed on Wednesdays
Note:Until 18:00 from April to Augast. Until 16:30 from November to January. Open on public holiday Wednesday but closed on the following day.
Adults ¥1000, University and High School Students ¥500, Junior High School Students and under free, Special Exhibition Fees may be charged separately.