Saturday, 4 March 2017

Musée de L’Orangerie in Paris exhibits “Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art – The Ishibashi Foundation Collection”

Pierre-Auguste RENOIR, Miss Georgette Charpentier Seated,
1876, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation
An exhibition of works from the Bridgestone Museum, known for its Ishibashi Foundation collection, will be held from April 5th to August 21st, 2017 for four months at the Musée de L’Orangerie in Paris. The Bridgestone Museum, together with Musée de L’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay, held the exhibition “Debussy, Music and the Arts” in 2012, which led to the current endeavor proposed by the French side.

Common Features of the Collections
The Ishibashi Foundation collection was started with works gathered by Bridgestone founder Shojiro Ishibashi, while works owned by the art dealer and collector Paul Guillaume occupy a significant place in the Musée de L’Orangerie. The two collectors shared a passion to contribute to the world of art by offering magnificent works widely to the general public.

First Overseas Exhibition of “A Gift of the Sea”
A total of 76 works from the Bridgestone Museum will be shown, ranging from impressionist to post-war abstract paintings. They include modern Western-style paintings by Japanese artists such as Aoki Shigeru’s A Gift of the Sea, traveling overseas for the first time, and Black Fan by Takeji Fujishima who studied in France. Renoir’s Miss Georgette Charpentier Seated (fig. 1) and Picasso’s Saltimbanque Seated with Arms Crossed will also be displayed.

Resonance between Japan and France
As symbolized in the Water Lilies series that Monet painted for Musée de L’Orangerie, the impressionist painters were heavily influenced by Japanese art, particularly the ukiyoe paintings and prints. French painting, including impressionism, also had a strong effect on Japanese art. This exhibition will draw attention to the simultaneous influences that the art of Japan and France had on each other.

The Bridgestone Museum in Kyobashi, Tokyo, is currently closed for construction of the new museum building and is scheduled to re-open in the fall of 2019.

Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum of Art – The Ishibashi Foundation Collection
April 5 (Wed) to Aug 21 (Mon), Closed Tuesdays, May 1, Jul 14, Dec 25.
Musée de l'Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris, France
Opening times:
Mon, Wed to Sun 9:00-18:00
Tuesdays, 1 May, the morning of 14 July, and 25 December