Van Gogh & Japan

Vincent Van Gogh, The Sower, 1888 Vincent Van Gogh, The Sower, 1888
©Van Gogh Museum,
Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Vincent Van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1888 Vincent Van Gogh, The Bedroom, 1888
©Van Gogh Museum,
Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)

Though he was active in the 19th century, the artist Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) remains tremendously popular throughout the world. Having become engrossed in Japanese culture after encountering ukiyo-e prints and literature about the country in Paris during the height of the Japonism boom, Van Gogh saw Japan as a source of creativity and a kind of Utopia. At the same time, in the 1920s, Japanese artists and intellectuals developed an admiration for Van Gogh and began to make pilgrimages to his grave in the French town of Auvers-sur-Oise. Organized in conjunction with the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition not only includes a selection of the artist's oil paintings and sketches from the collection of this world-famous museum, but also ukiyo-e prints and documents related to Japanese artists' visits to the Auvers area, highlighting Van Gogh's many charms through an intersection of dreams.

Related Web Site

Van Gogh & Japan
in Japanese language only

Exhibition dates

January 20 (Sat.) – March 4 (Sun), 2018


Regular hours:
9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)
Every Friday and Saturday:
9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)


Mondays, February 13 (Tue.)
Exception: February 12 (Mon.)


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
NHK Kyoto Station
NHK PlanNet, Inc. Kinki Branch Office
The Kyoto Shimbun


Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Japan


Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.


KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Japan Airlines

Collaborative planning

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam


  Day of admission Advance Group
(20 or more)
Adult 1,500 1,300 1,300
University students 1,100 900 900
High school students 600 400 400

* Junior high school students or younger are free
* Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge. (Please present certificate at the admission.)
* Early Bird tickets (2,000 yen for a pair of tickets) available between Oct. 1 to 31, 2017.
* Advance tickets are available between Nov. 1, 2017 – Jan. 19, 2018

Publicity materials

flyer (2MB)

Van Gogh & Japan

Other Venues

Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, 2017/8/26 (Sat.) – 10/15(Sun.)
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, 2017/10/24 (Tue.) – 2018/1/8(Mon.)

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