Tamenaga Gallery is one of the pillars of Claude Weisbuch
In 1969, Tamenaga opened only the Japan Gallery specializes in the masterpieces of Western masters. That year, the National Museum of Arts Western, located in Tokyo, celebrated only his tenth birthday.
Thanks to the Impressionists, Picasso and other exhibitions, the Japanese public was just beginning to familiarize themselves with Western Art.
However, it was still possible to discover the paintings of Western masters in a handful of museums. It is in this context that Kiyoshi Tamenaga created his first gallery in the very upscale Ginza district, Tokyo. Thanks to the friendships he had related among the personalities from the world of french Art – the great dealer Paul Pétridès, the painters Kees Van Dongen, Tsuguharu Foujita, Bernard Buffet, but also the most distinguished collectors – he was able to share his passion with the Japanese public.
The Gallery Tamenaga in Paris including allowed Claude Weisbuch to be known/recognized in Japan.
A success story
While established dealers remained attached to Impressionism, the young gallerist had already understood that the coming decades would belong to the school of Paris: Kiyoshi Tamenaga had this famous ‘eye’ that would become legendary, that sharp look that would allow him to discover the best pictures and the best artists.
He began to acquire works from his friends painters of the school of Paris and made them known to the country of the rising sun: Modigliani, Picasso, Van Dongen, Chagall, Kisling, Soutine…
The success exceeded his expectations: Tamenaga was able to enter the masterpieces in the most beautiful private collections and in the best museums in the archipelago. He felt pride when, thanks to the generosity of the donors he had convinced, ‘his’ paintings were hung on the walls of the National Museum of Western art.
Recognized enthusiasm of the Japan for French painting is, in large part, the work of Kiyoshi Tamenaga. It is also the fruit of the love he feels for one he calls his “second country.”