kitazawa museum of art
Current Exhibition
Special 40th Anniversary Exhibition
Emile Gallé’s Passion for Nature

The Kitazawa Museum of Art in Suwa, Nagano prefecture, is holding a special exhibition to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of its opening. Emile Gallé (1846-1904), a glass artist active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, incorporated flowers, plants, insects, and other natural motifs in his designs. He won the Grand Prix at the 1889 and 1900 Paris Expos and gave birth to the style defining that new age, the style we now call Art Nouveau. Gallé, a horticultural enthusiast and botanist, sought an approach through which he not only reproduced the appearance of plants and insects faithfully but also expressed their vibrancy as living beings. The influence of Japonisme, which was a vigorous trend in Europe at that time, can be seen as the background to the development of his way of viewing nature. Urbanization was advancing, due to the Industrial Revolution, and people’s lifestyles were losing richness and charm. In that context, Gallé hoped to recover the healing and peace that nature brings.
For this fortieth anniversary exhibition, our key world is the favorite phrase that Gallé presented at the entrance to his studio: “Ma racine est au fond du bois” (My roots are deep in the woods). Through the superb Art Nouveau works in the the Kitazawa Museum of Art collection, we explore Gallé’s ardent passion for nature.

March 18, 2023 (Saturday)- March 12, 2024 (Tuesday)

Closing days: Open throughout the year,
        except for September 30, when a partial change of
        exhibits will be carried out.

9:00 – 18:00 (April – September)
9:00 – 17:00 (October–March)
 *Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Kitazawa Museum of Art
1-13-28 Kogandori, Suwa, Nagano Prefecture 392-0027
Tel: 0266-58-6000

Admission fees

Adults ¥1000, junior high school students ¥500, elementary school age and younger children free.
 *Groups of 8 or more receive a ¥100 discount per person from the admission fees stated above.

■ Organizer

The Kitazawa Museum of Art

■ Sponsor

KITZ Corporation

*KITZ Corporation supports the Kitazawa Museum of Art as part of its philanthropic community service activities.

Highlight of the Exhibition
Works by Emile Gallé
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Vase with Mushroom
1900-1904  h.17.8cm
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Petal-shaped Vase “Poppy”
Dated 1900 h.19.0cm
Exhibited at 1900 Paris World Fair
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Vase “Thistle”
Dated 1900  h.45.5cm
Exhibited at 1900 Paris World Fair
Highslide JS
Coupe with Dragonfly
1904 w.17.3cm
Highslide JS
Vase with Spring Grass
and Butterflies
1884-1889 h.24.0cm
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Octogonal Vase with
Orchid (Cattleya) “Affection”
Dated1900 h.23.0cm

In the exhibition room,You can listen to descriptions of the works on display using your smartphone.
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