Whether focusing on the stage, salons or the dinner table, artists have always found something fascinating to depict while indoors. To many of them, being inside merely opens up different and new universes to depict.

A highlight of this show of 60 works from the Menard Art Museum's collection is the French Impressionist Edgar Degas' "Dancers" (ca. 1893-1898) in pastels, which is being shown to the public for the first time. Other notable works include those by Post-Impressionist Henri Matisse and by Cubist artists such as George Braque.

Representing Japanese artists are Léonard Foujita, Ryohei Koiso, Narashige Koide and Shozo Shimada, whose depictions of still life and intimate subjects reveal very different and personal styles; March 8-May 11.

Menard Art Museum; 5-250 Komaki, Aichi. Komaki Stn. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. ¥800. Closed Mon. 0568-75-5787; museum.menard.co.jp