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James Ensor in Context, Ensor and the History of European Art from the Collection of the Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Antwerp

James Ensor (1860-1949) is a representative figure for contemporary art in Belgium. His grotesque motifs featuring masks and skeletons also uniquely express the emotions buried at the depths of the human heart. His work influenced the artistic movements that came after his time, including surrealism and expressionism. On the other hand, Ensor himself was influenced by the traditional paintings of Flanders, and the major painting movements of the 19th century, such as plein-airism. This exhibition contains works from the Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp, which has the largest collection of Ensor’s works in the world. Included here are approximately 50 of Ensor’s works, including sketches, alongside works by artists of the same period. The exhibition outlines the history behind the reality and fantasy contained in Ensor’s art.

Exhibition Details

Period
From September 8th (Sat.) to November 11th (Sun.), 2012
(closed Mondays,except.September 17th,October 1st,8th)
Location
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Fridays, Admittance by 19:30)
Admission
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art,
NHK,NHK Promotions Inc., The Tokyo Shimbun
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Patronized by
Embassy of Kingdom of Belgium
Cooperation with
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

Works

James ENSOR
《The intrigue》
1890
James ENSOR
《Skeletons fighting over a hanged man》
1891
James ENSOR
《Skeleton painting》
ca.1896
James ENSOR
《Self-portrait at the easel》
ca.1890
James ENSOR
《Copy after Rembrandt,
‘Self-portrait looking wild’》
ca.1884-86
Peter Paul RUBENS
《Minerva》
1630
Leon FREDERIC
《Two Walloon farmer’s children》
1888
Pieter BRUEGHEL ll THE YOUNGER
《The seven works of mercy》
Before1616

All works : Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw / KMSKA