Message from the Director

Message from the Director

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo is a new museum that opened on April 6th, 2010. Original planning during the Meiji era called for construction of an art museum in the Marunouchi district. Almost a hundred years later, the original plan has become a reality with the opening of this museum.
The museum has held three or four exhibitions a year since the “Manet et le Paris Moderne” exhibition, which was held to commemorate the opening of the museum, and over a million art enthusiasts have visited the museum since then. The red brick museum building was restored based on the original design of the office building built by British architect Josiah Conder (1852-1920) in 1894. Exhibitions under a variety of themes held at the museum have become key aspects of conversations when people talk about the town and culture of Marunouchi, which is an international business district.

Exhibitions held at our museum, and our collection of works from artists from the end of the 19th century, including Toulouse-Lautrec, Odilon Redon and Félix Vallotton, relate in so many ways to the geographical and historical nature of Marunouchi, which developed as a portal to Japan, which has been open to the world since the Meiji era. This is because an abundance of creative activity flourished particularly from the 19th to 20th centuries due to the close connection between the city and art, as well as from profound art exchange between Western countries and Japan, other Asian countries, and Africa.
You can visit the museum on a whim on an ordinary day as go about your daily life, and once you are inside, an encounter with spectacular beauty and a new sense of values awaits you. A museum that is open to a creative new future while bringing a bountiful richness to the eyes and souls of the people who work in Marunouchi as well as to visitors to Tokyo from all over the world—we are certain that the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo will continue to come closer to this ideal and become loved by everyone in the future.

April 2013

Akiya Takahashi
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Akiya Takahashi
Akiya Takahashi (born in Tokyo) is a Japanese art historian and
a founding Director of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo.
For his Master’s degree at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts, Takahashi majored in 19th century French Art History, with particular focus on Eugene Delacroix and Édouard Manet. Takahashi held a position as a Curator at the National Museum of Western Art, Japan from 1980 to 2006. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the museum opening office of the Musée d'Orsay, Paris from 1984 to 1986, dispatched as part of the Overseas Researcher Program of the Ministry of Education, Japan. After acting as Senior Curator and Chief Curator at The National Museum of Western Art, Japan, Takahashi was appointed Director of the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo in 2006. He added the Maurice Joyant Collection to the museum’s main collection, which houses over 250 lithographs and posters by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Takahashi received the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettre in October 2010.