Milestones

Year Milestone President
1952 The Bridgestone Gallery (as of 1967, the Bridgestone Museum of Art) opens. PHOTO
The Bridgestone Building upon the opening of the BMA (1952)
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Crown Prince Akihito visits the BMA (1952)
1956 The Ishibashi Foundation is established.
The Bridgestone Gallery is incorporated into the Foundation.
The Ishibashi Art Gallery (as of 1971, the Ishibashi Museum of Art) opens.
Shojiro Ishibashi PHOTO
The opening of the IMA (1956)
1959 The Bridgestone Gallery is renovated and expanded.
1960 The Foundation contributes to the renovation of la Maison Franco-Japonaise.
Shojiro Ishibashi is decorated Officer of the French Legion of Honor.
The Foundation builds a new auditorium and grants its use to the Kurume Education Club.
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French Minister of Cultural Affairs André Malraux visits the BMA (1960)
1961 Shojiro Ishibashi donates most of his art collection to the Ishibashi Foundation.
Shojiro Ishibashi is awarded the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
1962 Musee National d'Art Moderne in Paris holds an exhibition of works from the Ishibashi Collection. PHOTO
The Ishibashi Collection exhibition in Paris (1962)
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Crown Prince Akihito and Crown Princess Michiko visit the IMA (1968)
1963 The Foundation donates two buildings in the Ishibashi Cultural Center – the Cultural Hall and the Cultural Auditorium – to the Cty of Kurume.
In collaboration with the National Museum of Western Art, the Foundation brings Jacques Maréchal to Japan from France to clean and restore works in the Collection.
1965 The Ishibashi Art Gallery is renovated and expanded.
1967 Shigeru Aoki's A Good Catch, a painting in the Collection, is designated an Important Cultural Property.
1969 Takeji Fujishima's Black Fan and Shigeru Aoki's Paradise Under the Sea, both paintings in the Collection, are designated Important Cultural Properties.
1972 The Foundation acquires Edouard Manet's Self-Portrait.
1976 Ishibashi Foundation founder Shojiro Ishibashi passes away. Mitsujiro Ishii
1977 The Ishibashi Foundation takes over the administration of the Ishibashi Museum of Art from the Cty of Kurume.
1978 Ishibashi Museum of Art facilities are renovated and expanded. PHOTO
The expanded and redesigned IMA (1978)
1980 The studio of artist Hanjiro Sakamoto is moved to and reconstructed on the grounds of the Ishibashi Cultural Center, and donated to the Cty of Kurume.
The Foundation acquires Pablo Picasso's Saltimbanque Seated with Arms Crossed.
1981 Kanichiro Ishibashi PHOTO
Italian President Alessandro Pertini visits the BMA (1982)
1983 President of the Board of Directors Kanichiro Ishibashi is decorated Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.
1986 Kanichiro Ishibashi is awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit of Spain.
The Foundation acquires Renoir's Mlle Georgette Charpentier Seated.
1996 The Ishibashi Museum of Art, Asian Gallery opens. PHOTO
The opening of the IMA, Asian Gallery (1996)
1997 Kazuhisa Arita
1999 Bridgestone Museum of Art facilities undergo extensive renovation. Hiroshi Uchida
2003 Bridgestone Museum of Art is the first museum to receive ISO certification.
Takeji Fujishima's Reminiscence of the Tempyo Era, a paintings in the Collection, is designated an Important Cultural Property.
2004 Hiroshi Ishibashi PHOTO
The Ishibashi Foundation's current offices
2005 The Foundation acquires Jackson Pollock's Number 2, 1951.
2011 The Foundation acquires Gustave Caillebotte's Young Man Playing The Piano.
2012 Ishibashi Foundation is accredited as a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.
2015 The Bridgestone Museum of Art Best of the Best exhibition was held.
The Bridgestone Museum of Art extended term closure since May for renovation.
2016 Reinstated the management of Ishibashi Museum of Art back to Kurume City.
BMA: Bridgestone Museum of Art
IMA: Ishibashi Museum of Art