Trialogue: The 20th Century Western Art from the Collections of Yokohama Museum of Art, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design
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The Yokohama Museum of Art, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, and Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design are public museums, each of which represents a specific region of Japan. All three opened during the so-called “museum-construction rush” that occurred around 1980. Over the intervening 40 years, each facility assembled a rich and diverse collection. But at the same time, modern and contemporary Western art is a pillar of the museums’ acquisition policies, and they are also similar in the sense that many of these works function as the “face” of the institution.
This exhibition, a cooperative undertaking between the three museums, reexamines the history of 20th century Western art through a combination of items from their holdings. It features approximately 120 paintings and other selected works from the museums’ esteemed collections of Western art by 20th century masters such as Picasso, Klee, Miró, Ernst, Dalí, Magritte, Pollock, Bacon, Warhol, and Richter. With special displays comparing pieces from the collections by specific artists, the exhibition is interwoven with features that are uniquely suited to a cooperative project of this type while also tracing the trajectory of art from the previous century, which was marked by a series of innovations in expressive technique and concept.
Viewers will enjoy savoring the essence of European and American modern and contemporary art through these three competing collections. They will also have an opportunity to follow in the museums’ footsteps as they vied to expand their acquisitions, and verify the rich assets that they amassed as a result.