Everybody has a soul that recognizes beauty. We experience and cherish art in our daily lives. We find beauty in paintings and sculpture, but we find it also in tools and furniture, in garden rocks and plants, in the human face. Because art’s place in everyday life is especially treasured in Japan, the Suntory Museum of Art wishes to bring the joy of “Art in Life” to a wider public, while rededicating ourselves to a principle that has guided the museum since its founding in 1961.
“Art revisited, beauty revealed” is the mission of the Suntory Museum of Art. These words express our desire to link ancient art to modern art, Eastern art to Western art, across the boundaries of time and place and culture. Our aim in boldly presenting art of different origins is to make new connections and open our minds to new discoveries. By challenging conventional attitudes to the classification of art, we hope to reveal its beauty afresh.