Arcimboldo: Nature into Art
Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-1593) was a painter born in Milan, Italy and active in the latter half of the 16th century at the Hapsburg court in Vienna and later in Prague.
Arcimboldo was a multifaceted “court entertainer”, whose unique and whimsical works gained favor with Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor and lover of rare artworks.
Arcimboldo’s name is primarily and widely remembered as the creator of numerous allegorical portraits, where the subject’s form is made up of a truly ingenious combination of unrelated motifs, such as fruit, vegetables, fish and books. These strange, cipher-like paintings, in which it is hard to separate the interactions between fantasy and reason, surprise, stimulate and amuse the senses and invite interpretation. They proved to be a major stimulus for the Surrealists and later artists of the 20th century.
This exhibition focuses on approximately 30 oil paintings and drawings by Arcimboldo among approximately 100 works lent by major museums worldwide, and will provide a means to understanding the secrets of the creation of the painter’s imaginary world, along with his influence on his successors. We hope that visitors will enjoy this first introduction in Japan of Arcimboldo’s weirdly witty and wonderful artistry.
Highlights of the Exhibition
The first major exhibition in Japan of the works of the genius court painter, Arcimboldo.
Arcimboldo’s works from all over the world will be displayed together in Tokyo. Masterpieces “Spring”, “Summer”, “Autumn” and “Winter” will be miraculously assembled together.
Introduction of Arcimboldo’s multifaceted activities as the art director of the Hapsburg court.
Examine the artistic background which produced Arcimboldo’s work such as the drawings from the school of Leonardo.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 – Sunday, 24 September 2017
The National Museum of Western Art ［Tokyo, Ueno Park］
7-7 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
Mondays, 18 July
＊except Monday 17 July, 14 August, 18 September
9:30 am – 5:30 pm, 9:30 am – 9:00 pm on Fridays, Saturdays
＊Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
The National Museum of Western Art, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., The Asahi Shimbun
With the sponsorship of
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.,
BREMBO, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation
With cooperation of
Alitalia-Societa’ Aerea Italiana S.p.A.
ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO. LTD.,
The Western Art Foundation
Press Related Inquiries
Arcimboldo Exhibition P.R. Executive Office (located inside Youth Planning Center)
Hulic Shibuya 1-chome Bldg. 3F, 1-3-9 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8551
AdmissionAdultsCollege studentsHigh school students
At the door1,600 yen1,200 yen800 yen
Advance/ Group1,400 yen1,000 yen600 yen
*Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
*Group discount tickets: more than 20 persons.
*Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Curator of the Exhibition
Silvia Ferino-Pagden (Art Historian, Former Head of Gamäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien)
Curator in Charge of the Japanese Side
Shinsuke Watanabe (Curator, The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo)
Production and Administration
The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
NHK Promotions Inc.
The Asahi Shimbun
・JR Yamanote Line, 1 minute from Ueno Station, Park Exit
・Keisei Line, 7minutes from Keisei Ueno Station
・Ginza or Hibiya Subway Lines, 8 minutes from Ueno Station
*There is no parking at the museum. Due to very limited parking availability near the NMWA, please use public transportation to access the museum.