National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Taito-ku, Japan
London’s National Gallery, one of the UK’s largest and best-known art galleries, is coming to Tokyo and Osaka for the first ever external exhibition anywhere in the world of works from its collection. The 60 or so Western paintings chosen for the exhibition from the approximately 2,300 items by various schools in the museum’s extensive collection span a broad range of eras and genres, from the Italian Renaissance to the early 20th Century. Works by artists such as Velázquez, Vermeer, Turner, and Monet will be shown, as well as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, which is coming to Japan for the first time. The exhibition highlights the distinctive nature of the gallery’s collection – the fact that, while put together in the UK, it is pan-European – from the viewpoint of the reciprocal relationship between British and continental European art, and of the collecting of continental art in the UK.