Japan Museums: Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo - 三菱一号館美術館
The building is an almost complete recreation of the original Mitsubishi Ichigokan building that stood on the same spot and was designed by British architect Josiah Conder in 1894. The original was a concrete-reinforced brick structure built to survive earthquakes but met the wreckers' ball in 1968.
The new red brick and concrete building has three floors above ground and two basement floors. The museum is surrounded by other buildings of the Mitsubishi empire and is dedicated to Western art of the late 19th century.
The opening exhibition is Manet et le Paris moderne with over 80 oil paintings from the French master as well as etchings and lithographs.
The museum's space also includes a pleasant English-style garden with water features, outdoor seating and statues including a Henry Moore.
The outdoor square also includes new restaurants, cafes and designer shops.
Within the museum is the popular Cafe 1894 with Fin de sile architecture and fittings, and a museum shop - Store 1894.
Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum
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