I panned the Tokyo National Museum of Western Art, praised the National Museum of Art, and now can tell you I loved this one.
Easy to reach by foot from Tokyo Station this modern and well laid out museum is outstanding and a pleasure to visit.
The current main exhibit is a collection of works to honour the 60th anniversary of the museum. And it is a star-studded collection. All sorts of famous artists are represented, such as Rembrandt, Cezanne, Monet, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso etc as well as a raft of fine Japanese artists.
The works are displayed in a number of rooms, with low key lighting and plenty of space so you can relax and really soak in the masterpieces. Many of the rooms have seating to make it easier to study the works.
And I might say, the collection is not second rate like at the National Museum of Western Art. Most of the holdings are top quality and really give you a feel for these artists at their best. I got a whole bunch of creative new ideas for my own work while I was bouncing around the museum.
Here are some questions you can try to answer while browsing this place. Why are most nudes women rather than men? Why do nude women seem to be always bathing or reclining? What has just happened to that guy with the two women in Bank of the Seine? Can that bust of a woman in the last gallery really be from the 24th century? Wow.
It's a relatively small museum but really packs a punch. You won't regret a few hours spent there.
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