Bridgestone Museum of Art

The Bridgestone Museum of Art (Japaneseブリヂストン 美術館, Burijisuton Bijutsukan ) is an art museum in Tokyo. It houses the Shojiro Ishibashi, the founder of the tire manufacturer Bridgestone, collected works of art.

The collection focuses on Japanese and European paintings from the 19th and 20th centuries.


The museum is located since its founding in 1952 in the 2nd floor of the Tokyo headquarters of the Bridgestone Tire Company in Kyobashi district of the municipality Chūō. The museum founder Shojiro Ishibashi (1889-1976) transferred in 1956 to the museum, which was founded by him Ishibashi Foundation, which also includes the Ishibashi Museum of Art of Japanese Art in his hometown of Kurume heard. 1961 donated the Ishibashi, Bridgestone Museum of Art, the bulk of his art collection, which has since been expanded continuously. Since the last major renovation in 1999, the museum has on 2,924 m² over eleven collections and two exhibition rooms.


The focus of the collection is on European Impressionist painting, late impressionism and modernism, as well as Japanese artists from the early 20th century up to the 1960s. Among the earliest paintings in the museum include individual works by Rembrandt van Rijn, Jean- Baptiste Pater and Jean -Auguste -Dominique Ingres. The French Romanticism and the Barbizon school is represented in the Museum by artists such as Jean -Baptiste Camille Corot, Gustave Courbet, Charles- François Daubigny, Honoré Daumier, Eugène Delacroix and Jean -François Millet. The collection of Impressionist painting shows only seven works by Claude Monet and six works by Pierre -Auguste Renoir. In addition, in this collection area three works by Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas, as well as paintings by Eugène Boudin, Adolphe Monticelli, Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley. Paul Cézanne 's five works of the best artists presented the following Late Impressionism. The collection is complemented by paintings of this style of Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh and Gustave Moreau.

The museum has not only European artists of the 19th century, a small collection of Japanese artists who were influenced by European painting since Romanticism. These include Aoki Shigeru, Asai Chū, Fujishima Takeji, Fujita Tsuguharu, Kishida Ryusei and Koide Narashige. From the western modern painting, the museum displays works by Pierre Bonnard, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Georges Braque, Giorgio de Chirico, Maurice Denis, Pierre Alechinsky, Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall, Antoni Clave, Hans Hofmann, Serge Poliakoff, Jackson Pollock and Pierre Soulages. Again, compared with the Western Working examples Japanese artist. This group includes Hisao Domoto, Minoru Kawabata, Nomiyama Gyoji, Saito Yoshishige, Kumi Sugai, Sugimata Tadashi, Tabuchi Yasukazu and Zao Wou -Ki.

In addition, the museum has an extensive collection of graphic works, including works by Edvard Munch and Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec belong. A small collection of sculptures by Alexander Archipenko, Emile Antoine Bourdelle, Constantin Brancusi, Honoré Daumier, Edgar Degas, Alberto Giacometti, Barbara Hepworth, Aristide Maillol and Marino Marini also part of the museum collection. The museum also has a selection of ancient art from Egypt, Syria and Greece, as well as the Etruscans and Sumerians.

Exhibited Works

Camille Pissarro: The harvest

Pierre- Auguste Renoir: Georgette Charpentier sitting

Édouard Manet: Self-portrait with cap

Henri Rousseau: meadowland

Paul Cézanne: Self-Portrait with Felt Hat

Paul Gauguin: View of the Sainte -Marguerite in the vicinity of Pont- Aven

Pictures of Bridgestone Museum of Art