National Gallery will export masterpieces to Japan for 2020 Olympics

The National Gallery will loan around 60 masterpieces to Japan for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This will include Van Gogh's classic Sunflowers, its first time in Japan.

The works will be displayed, in partnership with media organisation The Yomiuri Shimbun, at the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo on 3 March–14 June and the National Museum of Art in Osaka on 7 July–18 October in 2020.

The exhibition ranges from the Italian Renaissance to the beginning of the 20th century, and will allow visitors to experience the quality and breadth of the National Gallery’s collection.

'Masterpieces from the National Gallery, London' marks a significant moment in the Gallery’s near 200-year history. It comprises the largest selection of their paintings to tour internationally, and sharing these exceptional works with Japan will enable us to further our global reputation as one of the world’s greatest collections of Western European art.

Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London says: “Coinciding with Japan’s Olympic year in 2020, we will be presenting a superb selection of pictures in Tokyo and Osaka which tell the story of the National Gallery. In this unprecedented exhibition the Gallery will share its collection and its expertise with new audiences and we hope to inspire a passion for our great paintings in new generations.”

Jeremy Wright, UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport: “Arts and culture are important building blocks to strong friendships between nations. Japan and the UK have enduring creative links and this ground breaking exhibition will strengthen the National Gallery’s international reputation even further. By sharing the treasures from our world-leading museums and galleries, we can promote the very best of Britain to the globe.”


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