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National Gallery paintings tour to Japan for the first time

Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London' marks a significant moment in the Gallery’s near 200-year history. Share

The National Gallery, in partnership with The Yomiuri Shimbun, one of the largest media organisations in Japan, is delighted to announce that we will present an unprecedented loan of outstanding works from the National Gallery Collection in the exhibition ‘Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London’, at the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo and the National Museum of Art, Osaka in 2020, the year of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

National Gallery paintings tour to Japan for the first time
National Gallery paintings tour to Japan for the first time
Photo: Courtesy of The National Gallery

The exhibition of some sixty paintings, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century, will provide a comprehensive insight into the history of our holdings, and we look forward to providing visitors in Japan with the opportunity to experience the quality and breadth of the National Gallery’s Collection. A major highlight will be Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers which will be seen in Japan for the first time.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London says: “Coinciding with Japan’s Olympic year in 2020, we will be presenting a superb selection of pictures in Tokyo and Osaka which tell the story of the National Gallery. In this unprecedented exhibition, the Gallery will share its collection and its expertise with new audiences and we hope to inspire a passion for our great paintings in new generations.”

Exhibition organised by The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, The National Museum of Art, Osaka, the National Gallery, London, and The Yomiuri Shimbun. The National Gallery is one of the greatest art galleries in the world. Founded by Parliament in 1824, the Gallery houses the nation’s collection of Western European paintings from the late thirteenth to the early twentieth century.

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