Gauguin - Where Do We Come from? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

4F Boston Gallery
April 18 (Saturday), 2009 – June 21 (Sunday), 2009
Paul Gauguin
Where Do We Come from? What Are We? Where Are We Going?
1897-1898 Tompkins Collection-Arthur Gordon Tompkins Fund 36.270
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The Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts opened in 1999 as the sister museum to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, holding exhibitions based on the MFA collections. In April, 2009, the commemorative year of the tenth anniversary, the N/BMFA will display "Gauguin" featuring the artist's testament painting: Where Do We Come from? What Are We? Where Are We Going?. This painting is the glory of the art of Gauguin and has been long-awaited to be shown in Japan. It is a great honor for us to show it for the first time in Japan, and we've received much cooperation from institutions in Japan as well as the MFA in conjunction with this exhibition.The exhibition consists of approximately forty objects, including oil paintings, wood reliefs, sculptures and prints from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and museums in Japan; it traces Gauguin's progress to reach Where Do We Come from? that he believed it be his masterpiece.

The exhibition starts with a painting that shows the influence of Impressionism, followed by the works created after his first trip to Brittany, including a wood relief in which we can foresee much of his art after he left for the South Sea. Remarkable prints of "Noa Noa" are also included in this section.

We believe that this exhibition is significant in that it depicts an artist who created an immortal piece in the history of modern painting and had an immeasurable influence on 20th century art. Furthermore, it will be meaningful for 21st century viewers to face the questions given in the title itself; life and death, and the significance of human existence.


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