Georges Rouault Revealed

ν	General information

Apr. 7, 2012 – June 24, 2012
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Admittance until 5:30 p.m.)
Every Wednesday
Adults: ¥500
Students (College): ¥300
Students (High school / Middle school): ¥200
Visitors aged 65 or over carrying proof of age: ¥400
Groups of 20 or more are subject to a ¥100 discount per person (not including those aged 65 or over).
Admission is free for children in primary school and younger.
Admission is free for disability passbook holders and up to one accompanying adult.
Panasonic Shiodome Museum
Minato Ward Board of Education

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ν	About the exhibition

A thorough analysis of the mysteries surrounding Rouault's methods

The Museum's permanent collection is home to many works by Georges Rouault (1871-1958) that are regularly inspected for blemishes that would require restoration. Such work often reveals secrets and mysteries that were previously unknown. The exhibition introduces many of these findings along with the works that led to discoveries such as:

  • ・"Juge" was drawn on tracing paper !?
  • ・An early layer of paint in "Vieux Versailles" was still wet !
  • ・Part of "Christ et enfant" was cut off with scissors !
  • ・The reverse side of "Paysage biblique" features an avant-garde painting !?
  • ・"Madeleine" was not, in fact, painted on canvas.

It is safe to say that Rouault's artistic methods were unconventional even among modern painters. He eschewed the use of canvases and easels, worked on several paintings at the same time, dabbed on more paint before the previous coat had even dried, and left many works unfinished. Many interesting tales could have come from his atelier, but he never allowed anyone else in.

Thanks to present-day restoration technology, however, we are slowly beginning to understand the methods behind his legendary production eccentricities. This exhibition presents the secrets revealed by studying Rouault's works in detail, the mysteries deepened by such findings, and the many puzzling details related to his signature works. We hope you will enjoy this new perspective on the many Rouault works in the Museum's collection, including a few new additions.

Events / Seminars

[ Guided tours ]

(No preregistration required; in Japanese only)

  • General public: Apr. 13, 21, 27; May 25; June 8, 22
  • Primary and middle school students, as well as their parents or guardians: May 5; June 2
  • Tours begin at 2 p.m. and last for about an hour
  • Please gather at the Panasonic Shiodome Museum entrance.
reservations closed

[ Slideshow Presentation ]

A beginner's introduction to Rouault's methods and other elements of his work presented through pictures such as micrographs taken during restoration work, with some reference to his career as an artist as well. (In Japanese only.)

May 19 and June 16
2 p.m. (Lasts for about an hour)
Free (Preregistration required. Up to 50 admitted per presentation.)
Fifth Floor Hall, Panasonic Shiodome Bldg.

◆ Preregistration ◆

Preregistration begins on April 7, 2012.

Those interested in attending a presentation may preregister through one of the following methods.

A)   Through the Shiodome Museum website:
(Preregistration open until the day before the presentation. Available only in Japanese.)
B)   With the Panasonic Shiodome Museum Reception
(Preregistration open until the day before the presentation. Not available on Wednesdays. Available only in Japanese.)
C)   By return postcard.
You will need to include the following information:
@ The presentation name ("Slideshow Presentation") and date on which you intend to attend A Number of attendees (Up to 2 per postcard) B Your name C Your address D Your phone and (if applicable) fax number
Please address all cards to:
Georges Rouault Revealed Staff
Panasonic Shiodome Museum 1-5-1-4F
Higashi-Shimbashi Minato-ku, Tokyo
Please note you will only receive a response if there are still spots available at the time the postcard is received.
Cards must be postmarked no later than May 12 for the May 19 presentation, and June 9 for the June 16 presentation.

Spots are available on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, contact us toll-free at 03-5770-8600.

  • ※Any personal information submitted as part of the preregistration process will only be used for organizational purposes for the presentation, and will be destroyed after the event.
  • ※By submitting personal information as part of the preregistration process, you agree that the Museum may use said information for the above-mentioned organizational purposes.