Shinjuku News


Jul 20, 2020

Don’t Miss the New Sompo Museum of Art!

In 1976, the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art opened in Shinjuku. This museum was the only place in Asia where you could see a Van Gogh painting. Though the original museum closed last year, it has now moved to a new location! As of July 10, 2020, the Sompo Museum of Art has reopened, so that means that Van Gogh’s Sunflowers is back on display in Shinjuku!

The new six-story Sompo Museum of Art is in front of the Sompo Japan headquarters, right at the front of Nishi-Shinjuku’s high-rise business district. The outside of the building has gorgeous perpendicular curves, and the first and second floors feature a glass wall to give the interior a spacious feel. In the front garden, you can find a replica of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers made with ceramic tiles. You can also find flags featuring the museum’s new logo that was inspired by Japanese oil painter Togo Seiji’s piece Déclaration. This logo hopes to introduce Shinjuku as a culturally significant area for art.

There are approximately 630 pieces in the Sompo Museum of Art’s collection, including Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and pieces from Togo Seiji. Sunflowers is part of the permanent collection, with pieces from both Japanese and international artists being displayed throughout the seasons. The Face exhibit featuring contest submissions from art from up-and-coming artists is also held each year as well. Make your way to Shinjuku and enjoy the world of art!

Sompo Museum of Art
1-26-1 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Telephone Number: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial)
Hours of Operation: 10:00AM-6:00PM (last entry is 30 minutes before closing)

Current Exhibition
Selected Works from the Collection: The Glow of Life and Joy of Artistic Creation
Friday, July 10th to Friday, September 4th, 2020
* To prevent crowding, tickets with a designated entrance time must be bought in advance. If you would like to purchase a ticket, please visit a ticket vendor listed on the following website (in Japanese only). Tickets are not available for sale at the museum, so please pick one up in advance.