A Guide to Aichi Museums
Updated: Apr 1, 2020
The museum’s collection is particularly well endowed with international and domestic fine art from the 20th century. It contains significant works that are helpful in tracing the history of various art trends, ranging from works by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Bonnard and Max Ernst who were active in the first half of the century, works by influential post-war artists such as American painter Morris Louis, and works by modern Japanese artists who assimilated Western art influences in their own unique ways to works by leading contemporary Japanese artists.
The collection ranges from the Jōmon period (circa 10,000 BC - circa 300 BC) to contemporary ceramics produced by some of Japan's most famous potters, detailing Japan's rich ceramic art history.
Works by the surrealist Kansuke Yamamoto, Sean Scully, and Alexander Calder belong to its permanent collection. Artists such as Hakuyō Fuchikami, Nakaji Yasui and Jean-Michel Othoniel have exhibited their works there.
The museum features works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, and others. The museum building was constructed by Yoshio Taniguchi, who also renovated the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.
The Tokugawa Art Museum is the only museum of its kind in Japan, with a large collection of treasures and artwork inherited by the family of the daimyō class in the late Edo period.
The collection consists primarily of post-Impressionist works from Europe, including those of Edouard Manet and Japanese-style and Western-style paintings by Japanese artists from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa Periods (from the late 19th to late 20th centuries) to the present.