Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, TokyoEdit profile
Coordinates: 35°40′42″N 139°45′48″E / 35.678355°N 139.763255°E / 35.678355; 139.763255
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo (三菱一号館美術館, Mitsubishi Ichigōkan Bijutsukan?) is a recently completed art museum in Tokyo's Marunouchi district. Construction was completed in 2009 and the museum open April 6, 2010. The museum includes approximately 800 square metres (8,600 sq ft) of exhibition space, spread over 20 rooms, throughout the building's 6,000 square metres (65,000 sq ft) floorplan.
The museum focuses on 19th-century Western artwork. Included in the museum's own artwork is the Maurice Joyant collection, a group of over 200 works by Henri Toulouse-Lautrec. The theme of the opening exhibition will be "Manet and Modern Paris", in cooperation with Musée d'Orsay. An opening commemoration exhibition and logo design were announced in 2008.
The building is a faithful recreation of the original Mitsubishi Ichigokan which stood on the same location. Originally completed in 1894 and designed by British architect Josiah Conder, the building was torn down in 1968. The construction company responsible for the current incarnation used portions of the original plans and materials used at the time of the original construction. The new building, built out of red brick and cast concrete, will have three stories above ground and two stories below.
Late Meiji era view of Babasakidori
Street level view of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo as of March 2009
Other Central Tokyo Museums
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is the fourth major art museum in central Tokyo. Others include:
- Bridgestone Museum of Art
- Idemitsu Museum of Arts
- Mitsui Memorial Museum