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)

This exhibition focuses on Vincent van Gogh's (1853-1890) relationship with Japan. By examining the allure of this painter whose tremendous popularity continues to endure, we attempt to understand the intersection between van Gogh's vision of Japan as a kind of Utopia, based on literature related to the country and ukiyo-e prints, and Japanese artists and intellectuals' dreams of van Gogh, based on their pilgrimages to Auvers-sur-Oise, the French town where he died. In conjunction with the exhibition, we will also present a display of van Gogh-related works (limited to the Kyoto venue) by Osaka-based contemporary artist Morimura Yasumasa in the Collection Gallery.

List of Works

Van Gogh & Japan

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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