The Best Selection of the Ohara Museum of Art


A renowned businessperson from Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture, Magosaburo Ohara (1880–1943) left indelible marks on the fields of social contribution and public welfare. In 1930, Magosaburo founded Japan’s first full-scale Western art museum. With that, the Ohara Museum of Art—a collection that awed audiences around the world—was born. Integral to the founding of the museum was painter and fellow Okayama Prefecture native Torajiro Kojima (1881–1929), who traveled to Europe with Magosaburo’s support and consent to gather pieces of artwork and start amassing a respectable collection. The Ohara Museum of Art has continued to expand its array of artwork, holding true to its founder’s vision, and win over scores art lovers as one of Japan’s premiere art museums.

The Ohara Museum of Art collection not only boasts a wealth of modern Western artwork but also features everything from modern Japanese Western-style paintings, works by artists associated with the Mingei movement, ancient art from Egypt, the Orient, and the East, and postwar art to pieces by contemporary artists at the current creative vanguard. In addition to giving guests glimpses of masterpieces from all of those genres, this exhibition showcases the almost century-long history of the Ohara Museum of Art along with many of the other gems that populate the museum’s collection.

List of works

Dates January 20 (Wed.) - April 4 (Mon.), 2016
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening hours 10:00-18:00 *10:00-20:00 on Fridays
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo
Ohara Museum of Art
NHK Promotions Inc.
With the sponsorship of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of Christie’s Japan Ltd.
Admission(tax included)
General 1,600 yen(Adults), 1,200 yen(College students), 800 yen(High school students)
Advance/Group 1,400 yen(Adults), 1,000 yen(College students), 600 yen(High school students)
  • Visitors who are under junior high school students and disabled people with ID booklets (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from January 22 to January 24, 2016, upon presenting students ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from October 21 (Wed.), 2015 until January 19 (Tue.), 2016 (only until January 18 at the National Art Center, Tokyo).
  • Group tickets will only be available at the venue and discounts only applicable to groups of 20 people or more.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • For Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, group discounts apply to purchasing tickets.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
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