The Bridgestone Museum of Art is favorably located for transport just five minutes on foot from Tokyo Station. The concept is said to have been inspired in part by Shojiro's trip to the United States, during which he was impressed by the art museums he visited that were in the middle of cities, enabling people to drop in casually to view the artworks. The museum was totally redesigned in 1959, doubling its floor area, and extensively redesigned and redecorated in 1999, resulting in an expansion of the gallery space.
The core of the permanent collection is made up of modern and contemporary Western art, with a particular focus on Impressionist and 20th century paintings, along with Japanese Western-style paintings. The museum also undertook a range of educational activities, including Saturday Lectures with experts in various fields, which had been held for over sixty years from the time the museum opened, gallery talks by curators, and editing and publishing.
Since May 2015, due to the reconstruction of the building, the museum has entered a period of long-term closure. Nagasaka Sangyo Kyobashi Building (tentative name) in which the museum will be housed is scheduled to be completed in July 2019, and the museum is preparing for its target opening in the autumn of 2019. The new Bridgestone Museum of Art will have nearly twice the floor space of its predecessor.
There, specially tailored exhibitions will display Impressionist, Abstract, Modern Japanese Western-style, and Traditional Japanese art from the Ishibashi Foundation Collection of as many as 2,600 works.
The museum will also make efforts to become the center of art and culture as the main facility in the Kyobashi 1-chome east area (the urban regeneration special areas) and contribute to local development.