Example by Year


GranteeUniversity of Milan

Held in Tokyo as a spin-off of the international symposium JAPAN DESIGN. Arts over the boundaries held in October 2022 at the University of Milan, Italy. The symposium began with a lecture by design consultant Mr. Gordon Bruce, "Designing 'me.' Staying true to my culture." In the talk session, Italian and Japanese designers talked about design and life: Mr. Giorgetto Giugiaro and Mr. Makio Hasuike for "Giving out Dreams. The DESIGN + LIFE that Legends Talk About.," and Mr. Michele De Lucchi, Mr. Toshiyuki Kita, Mr. Setsu Ito, and Mrs. Shinobu Ito for "Italy and Japan. International Design and Culture Challenge."

Supported activity
Holding the international symposium DESIGN + LIFE. Interconnessioni
Project period
October 29, 2023
The Auditorium of the National Art Center, Tokyo

Symposium. Photo courtesy of the University of Milan. Photographer: Seri Yuki


GranteeChâteau de Fontainebleau

The Ishibashi Foundation supported the restoration project of the armor presented to Napoleon III by the Japanese delegation to France at the end of the Edo period, which was buried in the palace warehouse. It was completed by a French restorer in February 2023 and is now on permanent display in the Château de Fontainebleau.

Project supported
Project to restore the Japanese amour of Napoleon III
Project period
August 2022 to February 2023

Left:Armor before restoration © Château de Fontainebleau / Serge Reby

Right:Armor after restoration © Château de Fontainebleau, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Raphaël Chipault


GranteeMuseum Rietberg (Zurich municipal, Switzerland)

Japanese Narrative Art is uniquely positioned to link the enjoyment of art with daily life, and its forms are wide-ranging, including a picture scroll, an ukiyo-e, a folding screen, ceramics, lacquerware, and an uchikake (a women's robe with a trailing skirt worn over a kimono), etc. It was an ambitious exhibition presenting approximately 100 works of Japanese art from the 13th century to the 20th century, owned by art museums and individuals from 13 European countries, approaching Japanese Narrative Art from multiple angles. The Ishibashi Foundation supported the catalog's production.

Project supported
Creation of a catalog for the exhibition Love, Fight, Feast - The World of Japanese Narrative Art
Project period
September 10 to December 21, 2021

Museum Rietberg © Museum Rietberg, Photo: Rainer Wolfsberger


GranteeGeneral Non-Profit Incorporated Organization Tokyo Biennale

The first festival of an international art festival to be held once every two years in various wards of Tokyo. A new type of art festival where artists and creators from a wide range of genres gather in Tokyo, going deep into the wards, and build a festival together with local residents. While struggling to cope with COVID-19, the festival achieved many participatory projects involving a wide range of people and areas. The total number of visitors was estimated to be 530,000.

Project supported
Holding Tokyo Biennale
Project period
July 10, to September 5, 2021

Nishio Yoshinari, Kigaeru House
Ebihara Shoten, Kandasudacho
Courtesy of Tokyo Biennale, Inc.; photo: Yukai (Tada)


GranteeThe Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art

An art event held in and around the Château de Fontainebleau started in 2011. Researchers in art history and other academic fields, art museum experts, artists, and others participate in the event, and it is open to the general public. It is also an opportunity for France and the invited country to decide on a theme, compare the two countries based on that theme, and present the latest in the world of art research. For the tenth event in 2020, Japan was the first Asian country to be invited, but the event was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, since Japanese invitees could not travel to France, the symposium was held in a hybrid format with both on-site and online venues. The Ishibashi Foundation supported the event and provided the Artizon Museum as one of the venues on the Japanese side.

Project period
June 4 to 6, 2021

Left:Courtesy of the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art; © Didier Plowy

Right:A roundtable on June 6, 2021, in the 3F Lecture Room at the Artizon Museum. In the background, from the left: Miura Atsushi (professor, University of Tokyo), Koizumi Masaya (professor, Hitotsubashi University), and Jingaoka Megumi (curator, National Museum of Western Art). On the monitor in the foreground: Christophe Marquet (Director of the French School of Asian Studies, moderator)


GranteeICOM Kyoto 2019 Organising Committee

ICOM (International Council of Museums) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1946 by museum experts and has over 37,000 members from 141 countries and regions around the world. The 25th ICOM General Conference was held for the first time in Japan. The theme of the conference was "Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition," with 4,590 participants (the largest number ever) and 120 participating countries/regions. The Ishibashi Foundation supported the conference and introduced the Artizon Museum at its booth, which opened in January 2020.

Project supported
25th ICOM General Conference
Project period
September 1 to 7, 2019

Ishibashi Foundation booth at the ICOM Kyoto 2019
In preparation for the opening of the Artizon Museum in January 2020, we introduced the museum facilities

GranteeThe Japan Foundation

The "Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Art Curator Exchange Program," which is aimed at fostering an international network of curators interested in Japanese contemporary art, and the "Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art," which provides overseas researchers and curators with opportunities to conduct research in Japan, were started.

Project period
The Ishibashi Foundation / The Japan Foundation Art Curator Exchange
USA group, October 11 to 21, 2018 / European group, October 26 to November 5, 2018
Ishibashi Foundation/The Japan Foundation Fellowship for Research on Japanese Art
May 2019 to March 2020 (maximum 2 months for each individual)

Courtesy of The Japan Foundation
U.S. Invitees: visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (October 2018)


GranteeUniversity of Milan

A symposium was held at the University of Milan to explore the centuries-old relationship between Japan and Italy in the cultural and artistic fields. How Italy and Japan have enjoyed, expressed, and influenced each other's art was examined from each country's perspective, using themes such as art, photography, design, graphics, products, animation, film, and fashion. A total of 22 speakers, 12 from Japan and 10 from Italy, gave lectures, and 240 people participated in the two-day event. In addition to the cost of the symposium, the Ishibashi Foundation donated 551 books related to Japanese art.

Project supported
International Symposium "Italy and Japan: Relations and Exchange through the Arts"
Project period
April 5 and 6, 2018

Courtesy of University of Milan, Photo: Yuki Seli
Symposium venue: The Napoleonic Hall at the University of Milan


GranteeKurume City

Project Supported
Donation of "Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum," maintenance and management fees for the Ishibashi Museum of Art

Left:Chronological record corner in the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum
His contribution as an enterprise manager of Bridgestone, etc. and many of his cultural promotion achievements are introduced as part of a chronological record.

Right:Multimedia corner in the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum
Various records, including pictorial, over 60 years of the Ishibashi Museum of Art and the progress of Ishibashi Cultural Center, etc. are presented as historical multimedia materials in video/audio, etc.

GranteeKurume Cultural Promotion Foundation

On October 1, 2016, the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Ishibashi Cultural Center, the Ishibashi Foundation returned the operation of the Ishibashi Museum of Art to Kurume City. The Ishibashi Museum of Art was reopened as the Kurume City Art Museum on November 19 of the same year. The Asian Gallery of the Ishibashi Museum of Art was renovated by the Ishibashi Foundation to become the Shojiro Ishibashi Memorial Museum and donated to Kurume City. At the same time, the "Activities Treating the Ishibashi Cultural Center as One Museum" were started, which treated the entire Ishibashi Cultural Center as one museum, and held museum activities, nearby events, and collaborated with other organizations. The Ishibashi Foundation is continuing to provide support.


GranteeHeidelberg University

The Ishibashi Foundation Visiting Professorship Program in Japanese Art History invites researchers from all over the world who specialize in Japanese art history as visiting professors to give special lectures for two months. The program has been supported continuously since 2005. To commemorate its 10th anniversary, a commemorative symposium was held at the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University. Twenty-two researchers from eight countries took the stage and had enthusiastic discussions on current Japanese art history research as the theme. There were about 130 participants.

Project supported
The 10th Anniversary Symposium of the Ishibashi Foundation Visiting Professorship Program in Japanese Art History
"Histories of Japanese Art and their Global Contexts: New Directions"
Project period
October 22 to 24, 2015

© Heidelberg University, IKO. Photo: Susann Henker


GranteeTokyo University of the Arts

A program was started to support travel expenses and a local activity fund for students to study abroad or visit overseas art institutions during summer vacation. The program is still ongoing.

Project period
April 2015 to March 2016

Name: Okada Anri / Scholarship year: FY 2014 Scholarship student / Scholarship category: Long-term scholarship / Length of stay: June 17, 2014 to March 19, 2015 / Destination: Mexico and Guatemala


GranteeSainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures

A European scholar majoring in Japanese art and a director or curator of an art museum or other museum with a collection related to Japan were invited to Japan each year to start a joint lecture series. A total of five lectures were held up to 2018.

Project period
December 7, 2013

The First Ishibashi Foundation Lecture Series: Euro-Japanese Exchange in the World of Creative Expression
Work published: HOSONO Hitomi Large feather leaves bowl, 2013
Courtesy of Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures


GranteeThe Japan Foundation

Since 2012, the Ishibashi Foundation has continued to support the International Architecture Exhibition, which is held alternately with the Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition through the Japan Foundation.

Project period
August 29 to November 25, 2012

Photo by Naoya Hatakeyama
Theme: Architecture, Possible here? Home-for-All
Commissioner: Toyo Ito
Exhibitors: Kumiko Inui, Sou Fujimoto, Akihisa Hirata, Naoya Hatakeyama
Organizer: The Japan Foundation
Awarded Golden Lion for Best National Participation


GranteeThe Japan Foundation

Since 2011, the Ishibashi Foundation has been continuing to support art exhibitions at the Japan Pavilion, which Ishibashi Shojiro funded for its construction in 1956, through the Japan Foundation. The results of the exhibitions have been featured in returning exhibitions at Artizon Museum since it opened in 2020.

Project period
June 4 to November 27, 2011

©Tabaimo Courtesy of Gallery Koyanagi and James Cohan Gallery Photo by Ufer! Art Documentary
Title: teleco-soup
Artist: Tabaimo
Commissioner: Yuka Uematsu
Organizer: The Japan Foundation


GranteeBiennale of Sydney

An international event for contemporary art that has been held in Sydney, Australia since 1973. Centered on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour, the visual arts and other arts were juxtaposed at multiple venues throughout the city. The Ishibashi Foundation supported expenses related to Japanese artists, etc., and provided similar support in 2015 and 2017.

Project supported
17th Biennale of Sydney
Project period
May 12 to August 1, 2010

Hiroshi Sugimoto
Faraday Cage, 2010th
Installation view of the 17
Courtesy the artist and Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo
This project was made possible with the generous support of the Turnbull Foundation with assistance from Ishibashi Foundation
Photograph: Hiroshi Sugimoto


GranteeQueensland Art Gallery

An international contemporary art event focusing on contemporary art from Asia, the Pacific, and Australia, held at the Queensland National Art Gallery and the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia. The Ishibashi Foundation has been continuing to support the project since its sixth event in 2009. It has supported expenses related to Japanese artists, etc.

Project period
December 5, 2009 to April 5, 2010

Left:Kohei Nawa (Japan b.1975) / PixCell-Elk#2 (detail) 2009 / Taxidermied elk, glass, acrylic, crystal beads / 240 x 249.5 x 198cm / Work created with the support of the Fondation d’enterprise Hermès / Courtesy the artist and SCAI, Tokyo / Photograph: Seiji Toyonaga

Right:Zhu Weibing and Ji Wenyu / People holding flowers (installation view) 2007 / Synthetic polymer paint on resin; velour, steel wire, dacron, lodestone and cotton / 400 pieces: 100 x 18 x 8cm (each) / The Kenneth and Yasuko Myer Collection of Contemporary Asian Art. Purchased 2008 with funds from Michael Sidney Myer through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Zhu Weibing and Ji Wenyu / Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA