National Museum of Western Art is designed by Swiss architect Le Corbusier in 1959 to house the art collection of naval construction tycoon Matsukata Kojiro. As one of the creations of Le Corbusier, which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Site on July 17, 2016. (National Museum of Western Art is included in The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement).
The main purpose of the museum is to make people, especially the Japanese, appreciate and know Western Art, especially the Impressionist paintings and Auguste Rodin's sculptures previously stored by the French government. The museum also features works and private collections from in and out of Japan.
Some of the highlights of the museum are paintings from 14th-16th Century (Late Gothic/Renaissance/Mannerism), the 17th Century Baroque Art; Rococo of 18th Century; Pre-world war artworks of 19th-20th Century, and also from Post-word war.
Important artworks remaining include Rodin sculptures, paintings by Monet, Gauguin, Denis (Young Girl with a Hen), and Gustave Moreau's pieta.
National Museum of Western Art is 3 minutes on foot via Ueno Station.
The museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM, extends to 8:00 PM on Friday. Admission costs 430 Yen.
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