FUKUTOMI TARO Collection: The Passion of the Cabaret Magnate

FUKUTOMI TARO Collection:
The Passion of the Cabaret Magnate

Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, June 27, 2021

Tickets can be purchased from Lawson Ticket

closed
Mondays (except May 3 and June 21)
Opening Hours
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
*Fridays: Until 8:00 p.m.
*suspended until further notice
*Last admission 30 minutes before closing time

Outline

Fukutomi Taro (1931-2018) was a Japanese business man who opened as many as 44 cabarets around Japan during the economic boom resulting from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. He was nicknamed the Cabaret King. However, influenced by his father, he was an avid collector from his youth of art works that interested him, and demonstrated brilliance in that aspect of his life as well. Initially, Fukutomi started his collection with works by Kaburaki Kiyokata that he had long wanted to acquire, but he went on to expand its scope beyond the works of famous artists, buying works that he believed to be good, even if they were by unrated artists who do not fit into art history trends. In addition, he would gather related documents and information to gain a deeper understanding of the works he collected, and wrote passionately about the arts. As a result, his collection includes many important works of art that are absolutely indispensable when reappraising modern artists or holding retrospective exhibitions. The fact that the Fukutomi Taro Collection has lent many works to exhibitions of Japanese modern art held throughout Japan demonstrates the high quality of the collection and Fukutomi’s excellent discernment. Although the Fukutomi Taro Collection is famous for its bijin-ga, this exhibition focuses on Taro Fukutomi’s vision in seeking out works of art. It represents the first opportunity ever to get an overview of this truly remarkable collection, not only its bijin-ga. In addition to many superb bijin-ga, including a dozen or so by Kaburaki Kiyokata, the more than 80 works of art in this fascinating exhibition include oil paintings that range from the dawn of Western-style painting in Japan to the Second World War.

Uemura Shoen, Dressing Up, c.1902, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Watanabe Seitei, Female Servants of the Shogunate Period, c.1887, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Kawamura Kiyoo, Dragon Rising in the Sky, 1893, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Highlights

1

The exhibition is curated by the art historian and Meiji Gakuin University professor Yamashita Yuji, who was close to Fukutomi Taro. Themed to cover important points, it follows the flow of the collection and seeks to present a rounded picture of Fukutomi Taro as a collector.

Kitano Tsunetomi, Michiyuki (a reminiscing poetical exchange between lovers before double suicide), c.1913, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Ikeda Shoen, Rest from the Party, 1909, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Charles Wirgman, The Namamugi Incident (the attack on Englishmen near Kawasaki), 1862, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Mitsutani Kunishiro, Soldier's Wife, 1904, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Takahashi Yuichi, The Portrait of Obata Jikyu, 1872, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

2

The exhibition features 13 works by Kaburaki Kiyotaka, including his famous Light Snow and A Bewitching Mermaid, as well as the unusual A Woman with a Tattoos.

Kaburaki Kiyokata, Light Snow, 1917, The Fukutomi Taro Collection ©Akio Nemoto 2021 / JAA2100070

Kaburaki Kiyokata, A Bewitching Mermaid, 1920, The Fukutomi Taro Collection ©Akio Nemoto 2021 / JAA2100070

3

The exhibition and catalog introduce extracts from Fukutomi Taro's writings about art.

4

After Fukutomi's death, his family donated a collection of 100 important Western-style war paintings to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Five items from that collection, including works by Miyamoto Saburo and Foujita Tsuguharu, are on special display.

5

Okada Saburosuke's bijin-ga masterpiece Woman Wearing a Diamond Ring and a work that was formerly part of the collection but now belongs to Pola Museum of Art, Okada's Kimono with Iris Pattern, are on special display together only at the Tokyo venue.

Miyamoto Saburo, A Juvenile Airman, c.1942, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo ©Mineko Miyamoto 2021 / JAA2100070

Okada Saburosuke, Woman Wearing a Diamond Ring, 1908, The Fukutomi Taro Collection

Okada Saburosuke, Kimono with Iris Pattern, 1927, Pola Museum of Art

Information

Admission Fee
Adults : 1,200 yen, high school and university students : 1,000 yen
* Junior high school students and younger: Free
* Advance tickets and group tickets are not available.
* Persons with a disability certificate or similar receive a 100 yen discount, and one accompanying helper is admitted free.
Tickets can be purchased from Lawson Ticket(L-code=39951 and 39952)
* Same-day tickets can be purchased at the museum entrance only if there are Lawson tickets left over.
Special Cooperated by
The Fukutomi Taro Collection
Coordinated by
Artone Co., Ltd.