Tokyo-Paris Masterpieces from Bridgestone Museum, Collection Ishibashi Foundation
The love of art through three generations of the Ishibashi industrial dynasty resulted in their collection of masterpieces and the creation of their Tokyo museum.
The founder of the Bridgestone Company, Shojiro Ishibashi (1889-1976), demonstrated early on in his career a passion for art, most particularly Western art, which he began to collect in the late 1930s. In 1952 he commissioned the building of a museum in the heart of Tokyo to display the Impressionist pieces as well as Western and Japanese modern art. Each generation enriched their collection ; today the Ishibashi Foundation conserves more than 2,600 works.
The masterpieces of the collection will be on display at the Musée de l’Orangerie with pride of place to works ranging from Impressionism to western and eastern post-war abstraction, from Monet to Renoir, from Caillebotte to Cézanne, Matisse, Picasso, Pollock and Shiraga.
Cécile Girardeau, curator, Musée de l’Orangerie
Yasuhide Shimbata, chief curator, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation
Kyoko Kagawa, curator, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Ishibashi Foundation