Permanent Collection

Fine art of the twentieth century

The museum's Collection features international and domestic fine art of the twentieth century. It covers art movements from the twentieth century up to the present with works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, and Paul Klee.
We have significant paintings and sculptures by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and other German Expressionists, works by Joan Miro, Max Ernst, and other Surrealists, and postwar art of the USA.

Our collection of Japanese art includes works by TAKAHASHI Yuichi, a pioneer in western-style oil paintings, as well as pieces by UMEHARA Ryuzaburo and YASUI Sotaro, along with masterpieces of Japanese-style paintings by YOKOYAMA Taikan and HISHIDA Shunso. Works by contemporary artists are also collected, as are those by artists and works deeply connected with Aichi Prefecture.


Gustav Klimt
Life is a Struggle
(Golden Rider) 
1903
TAKAHASHI Yuichi
Shinobazu Pond 1880.ca
YASUI Sotaro
Lamaist Shrine at Chengteh 1938

HISHIDA Shunso
Landscape in Autum 1908

Paul Klee
Dance of Moth 1923

Kimura Teizo Collection

This impressive collection comprising over three thousand works of art was donated to the museum by the late KIMURA Teizo (1913-2003), a famous art collector in Nagoya, and his family. Among the highlights of the collection are literati paintings by URAKAMI Gyokudo and YOSA Buson, other paintings from the Edo period (1600-1868), works by OGAWA Usen, a leader of modern Japanese-style paintings, and those by KUMAGAI Morikazu and SUDA Kokuta who kept company with Kimura. Chinaware, craftwork, Buddhist images from China and Japan, and archeological artifacts are also included, reflecting the collector’s wide interest.
These works are displayed in the KIMURA Teizo Collection Room and in some of the special exhibitions.

KUMAGAI Morikazu
Japanese Terrapins 1957

Fujii Tatsukichi Collection

This collection was contributed by FUJII Tastukichi(1881-1964) of Aichi Prefecture, who played an important role in the modernization of many crafts. The fifteen-hundred-piece collection includes his diverse works as well as paintings and craftwork that he collected. These works are presented in the form of permanent collection features.