Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer


Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was an artist who worked in France from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. While a member of the Nabis, a group of artists active in fin de siècle Paris, he was influenced by ukiyo-e to create lively and decorative works that earned him the nickname “The very japonard Nabi .” Later he left Paris and encountered the natural landscapes of Normandy and the south of France. There, through his interactions with Impressionist painters, he came to devote himself to exploring coloristic effects. In a period that was giving birth to Cubism, Surrealism, and other new painting styles, Bonnard threw himself into “adventures of the optic nerve,” to turn the striking impressions of what he saw into paintings. His are the unexpected compositions and complexly reverberating colors: the more closely one looks at his work, the more the seemingly quotidian scenes he painted astonish with the subtle devices employed within them. Interest in the Nabis and appreciation of their art have been growing in France in the last few years. Proof of this is the Pierre Bonnard exhibition that was held at the Musée d’Orsay in 2015, which fascinated as many as 510,000 visitors, the largest attendance number to one of their shows, second only to their Van Gogh exhibition held in 2014.

This large-scale Bonnard retrospective exhibition is composed of works from collections in Japan and abroad, most notably the extensive Bonnard collection of the Musée d’Orsay. Through works from many genres―paintings, sketches, prints, and photographs―the show explores the charm of the enigmatic Pierre Bonnard.

Date September 26 (Wed.) – December 17 (Mon.), 2018
Closed on Tuesdays
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
*Fridays and Saturdays, September 10:00-21:00
*Fridays and Saturdays, October to December 10:00-20:00
(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 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Musée d’Orsay; Nikkei Inc.
With the support of Embassy of France / Institut français du Japon
With the sponsorship of Kao Corporation; Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc; DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD.; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.; BIGLOBE; Boucheron Japan; Mitsubishi Corporation
With the cooperation of Nippon Cargo Airlines; JAPAN AIRLINES; BS TV TOKYO Corporation
This exhibition is covered by the Japanese Act on the Indemnification of Damage to Works of Art in Exhibitions (Act No.17 of 2011)

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 will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from November 14 (Wed.) to November 26 (Mon.), 2018, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from July 4 (Wed.) - September 25 (Tue.), 2018 (sold at the National Art Center, Tokyo only until September 24 (Mon.), 2018).
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • 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).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
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