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Tuesday, 15th July 2014
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Orsay artworks come to Tokyo

Tokyo's famed creative scene is playing host to a selection of masterpieces dating back to the artistic era of Impressionism - something that is likely to be popular with both critics and casual fanatics alike.

Co-hosted by the Yomiuri Shimbun, the exhibition is entitled The Birth of Impressionism - Freedom in Painting: Masterpieces from the Musee d’Orsay, and is, as the title suggests, on loan from the famous museum in Paris itself. As the venue is renowned for its Impressionist works, this is likely to be a very special event indeed.

Such was the eagerness of the local crowd to view the works that a group numbering more than 250 people were clamouring outside the museum at 10am yesterday (July 9th) before the doors were officially opened.

The collection introduces various paintings from around the world and the Impressionist era, focusing on those creations that coloured the art world in a particularly strong shade at the time.

It represents a rather special anniversary, marking the 140th birthday of the first Impressionist exhibition held in 1874 - a true landmark for the creative style.

Visitors are advised to pay particular attention to Manet's The Fife Player, which is an excellent example of the work coming to light during the era.

Those eager to witness these incredible works during their time in Tokyo will be able to do so every day - apart from Tuesdays and September 24th - at the National Art Center, Tokyo in Roppongi district. The collection will be on display until October 20th.

Tokyo's extraordinary artistic and cultural attractions encompass everything from modern art to ancient history and all things in between. Other recommended sightseeing spots include the Tokyo War Museum at the Yasukuni Shrine and the Ghibli Museum, both of which offer interesting insights into their fields.

Written by Susan Ballion  


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