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“Small Museum Worth Visiting”
Review of Bridgestone Museum of Art - CLOSED

Bridgestone Museum of Art
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Owner description: Will be closed for several years from 05/18/2015 due to renovation
Reviewed 6 December 2013

I first went to this museum years ago and always return when I'm in Tokyo if it offers one of its excellent exhibitions. The permanent collection focuses on 19th-century French art, but has many other works, including modern Western-style Japanese. The Impressionist paintings may not be the most famous, but they include all the big names, such as Renoir and Monet.

This small museum stands in a relatively quiet part of Tokyo, just a few minutes walk from the JR Tokyo Station. It has never been mobbed when I've been there, so I have been able to go at my own pace, enjoying each work without being frustrated by too many people in the rooms.

Yesterday, I went to the museum's current exhibition: Caillebotte, Impressionist in Modern Paris.
I'm a big fan of this artist so was delighted to see so many of his paintings for the first time from private collections. The show also features Impressionist paintings that Caillebotte had in his private collection as well as the photographic work of his brother, who spent much time with him. This proved to be yet another top notch exhibition presented by Bridgestone.

The museum's tea room is a delight, bright and airy with a variety of sweets, sandwiches and drinks for sale. It is the perfect place to relax for a bit after viewing the art. On this visit, the waiter presented me with an origami rose. The museum also has a small gift shop that features a nice array of items.

Closed on Mondays, the museum hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. other days except Friday when it is open until 8.

1  Thank Rumples
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Visited for the Caillebotte exhibition, but the permanent collection holds treasures as well, including Picasso's contemplative, gently melancholic, classically beautiful "Saltimbanque Seated with Arms Crossed", and a couple of lovely Corots.

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Reviewed 24 October 2013

A diverse collection of grand art by a range of famous artists that made for a lovely interlude on a damp day in Tokyo. Enough to keep your interest without becoming overwhelming and a fabulous little coffee shop as you enter the building. A good option of an Art interlude in a city with few choices in that regard.

Thank JaPhillipa L
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Reviewed 17 September 2013

If you like european modern painting, it's for you !
This museum owns a riche permanent collection and the current exhibition is nicely and richely composed, and presents masters like Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Manet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Courbet, Pissaro, Degas, etc etc. Nearly incredible all that necessary work to organise such an event.
This museum is easy to find : Tokyo station, East exit (Yaesu central exit), you walk straigth 5' on Yaesu avenue, no more. Have a superb visit !
Depending of the date, check opening and temporary presentations on the museum internet site.

3  Thank RoundTheWorldandMore
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Reviewed 27 June 2013

It was opening day for this exhibit that goes from June 22nd to September 18th, 2013. 170 works from the museum collection highlight the development of color once artificial pigments were introduced to the art world. Displayed are works from Renoir, Matisse, Monet, Picasso and even one Van Gogh. A beautiful museum started by the founder of Bridgestone Tire and Rubber and located near the center of Tokyo.

Thank Captjps
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