The museum was founded in 1952 by the founder of Bridgestone Tire Co., Ishibashi Shojiro (his family name means stone bridge). The museum's collections include Impressionists, Post-Impressionists and twentieth-century art by Japanese, European and American artists, as well as ceramic works from Ancient Greece. The museum was located in the headquarters of the Bridgestone Corporation in Chūō, Tokyo.
Closure and eventual reopening
The museum closed on 18 May 2015 in order to make way for the construction of a new building, where the new Bridgestone Museum of Art will be located. Construction of the new building (tentatively named the Nagasaka Sangyo Kyobashi Building) begun with a groundbreaking ceremony on June 17, 2016 and was completed in 2019. During the long-term closure, various items from the museum's collection have been loaned out for display in other institutions.
- Edgar Degas
- Pierre-Auguste Renoir
- Camille Pissarro
- Édouard Manet
- Vincent van Gogh
- Paul Gauguin
- Gustave Moreau
- Paul Cézanne
- Claude Monet
- Amedeo Clemente Modigliani
- Maurice Denis
- Georges Rouault
- Pablo Picasso
- Paul Klee
- Narashige Koide
- Tsuguharu Foujita
- Fujishima Takeji
- Shigeru Aoki
Ishibashi Foundation Art Research Center
The Ishibashi Foundation Art Research Center (石橋財団アートリサーチセンター) opened in Machida in 2015 as a research facility for the Artizon Museum. Focused upon the research, storage, and preservation and restoration of the collection, since 2017 school groups have been welcomed, there are also lectures and workshops for the public, and a library open to researchers.
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