Encounters with Impressionism: From the Hiroshima Museum of Art Collection

Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts


Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cézanne, Paul Signac, Henri Matisse, Seiki Kuroda et al.
The works of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism that emerged in France in the second half of the 19th century have become familiar to many people around the world today, but at the same time, they were a major departure from the traditions of the Academy, the center of the art world at the time. Therefore, the emergence of Impressionism came as a shock to its contemporaries. The painters who ventured out of their studios and into the open air attempted to capture the momentary fluctuations of familiar objects through a new technique known as "brushstroke division," in which the paints were arranged without mixing colors. Impressionism had a profound influence not only in the West but also in the Japanese Western painting world.

This exhibition introduces works from the Hiroshima Museum of Art, which boasts one of the largest collections of modern French art in Japan. The exhibition brings together works by the masters of French modern art, from Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir to Post-Impressionists and painters of the Ecole de Paris such as Fujita, as well as Japanese Western-style painters who were greatly influenced by French painting, such as Seiki Kuroda. Visitors can trace the development of French painting over the past 100 years, centering on the Impressionists, and enjoy a "genuine encounter" with their works.

1. Lecture "About the Collection of Hiroshima Museum of Art" (online reservation required)
Date: October 22 (Sat), 13:30-15:00
Lecturer: Shoko Mizuki (Chief Curator, Hiroshima Museum of Art)

2. Lecture "Future of Art Museums" (advance reservation required)
Date: December 4 (Sun), 13:30-15:00
Lecturer: Taro Igarashi (Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University)
Venue: Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts, Meeting Room

3. Gallery Talk by the curator in charge (no advance registration required)
Date: October 30 (Sun), November 27 (Sun), December 11 (Sun) 14:00-15:00
Venue: Planning Exhibition Room, Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
Please check the official website for event details and how to apply.


Oct 22 (Sat) 2022-Dec 25 (Sun) 2022 

Opening Hours Information

Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.
Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥600, Junior High School Students and Under free. Free on November 3. (Reservations required)
VenueTochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
Location4-2-7 Sakura, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 320-0043
AccessFrom the West exit of JR Utsunomiya Station, take the Kanto-Bus and get off at Sakuradori-Jumonji. The venue is 7 minute walk from there.