Bridgestone Museum of Art

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Bridgestone Museum
Entrance of museum
LocationTokyo, Japan
TypeArt museum

Bridgestone Museum of Art (ブリヂストン美術館, Burijisuton Bijitsukan) is an art museum in Tokyo, Japan.[1]

The museum collects, houses, and preserves a collection of art which include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and twentieth-century art by Japanese, European and American artists. Ceramic works from Ancient Greece are also featured.[2]

The Bridgestone Museum is in Kyōbashi, Chūō Ward. It is on the second floor of the headquarters of the Bridgestone Corporation.[3]


The museum was established in 1952 by Ishibashi Shojiro. He was the founder of Bridgestone Tire Company.[2] His personal collection of art formed the core of the museum's holdings.

In 50 years, the collection has expanded.[4] In 1980, the Museum gained international attention when it purchased Pablo Picasso's Saltimbanque Seated with Arms Crossed.[5] In 1987, the Museum bought Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Mlle Georgette Charpentier Seated.[6]


The museum has several works by Shigeru Aoki, including the large painting " A Good Catch" (海の幸 Umi no Sachi). [7] [8]


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Museums" in Japan Encyclopedia, pp. 671-673.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dunn, Michael. "Bridgestone Museum Celebrates 50th Anniversary," The Japan Times, May 4, 2006; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  3. Bridgestone Museum of Art, History; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  4. Bridgestone Museum of Art, Mission; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  5. Reif, Rita. "A Picasso Goes For $3 Million At Record Sale," New York Times. May 13, 1980; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  6. Chira, Susan. "Art Inc.," New York Times. May 3, 1987; retrieved 2012-2-8.
  7. Aoki, Shigeru, 1882-1911; Tōkyō Bunkazai Kenkyūjo; Ishibashi Bijutsukan (2005), Aoki Shigeru "Umi no sachi" = Aoki Shigeru, A good catch / Tōkyō ̄Bunkazai Kenkyūjo, Ishibashi Zaidan Ishibashi Bijutsukan hen (in Japanese), Chuo koron bijutsu shuppanCS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  8. "Aoki Shigeru, A Good Catch". Tokyo Art Beat. Retrieved 2012-07-12.

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