Exhibition

Current Exhibition

ŌTSU-E: Another History of Edo Painting

ŌTSU-E: Another History of Edo Painting

Saturday, September 19 - Sunday, November 8, 2020

Ōtsu-e are paintings that were sold as souvenirs in the area around the Ōtsu post town on the Tōkaidō highway from the early Edo period onwards. Their subject matter extended from Buddhist images to goblins, Fuji Musume (the Wisteria Maiden), birds and wild animals. Ōtsu-e were extremely popular and were even featured in kabuki dramas and songs. As Japan modernized, Ōtsu-e lost their function as special souvenirs of the ancient highway but became a source of fascination for many cultural figures. This exhibition features around 150 masterpieces selected from the collections of famous connoisseurs from the early modern period.

Next Exhibition

The Extraordinary Drawings of Kyosai

The Extraordinary Drawings of Kyosai

Saturday, November 28, 2020 - Sunday, February 7, 2021

Tickets can be purchased from Lawson Ticket(L-code=34337)

Unlike previous Kyosai exhibitions, none of his finished paintings (with coloration has been applied based on his preparatory pictures) or prints are on display. The works displayed here are carefully selected to give a very vivid sense of how Kyosai drew, and they include such items as drawings, preparatory pictures, sketches, sekiga (impromptu paintings), e-dehon (illustrated painting manuals). Although his finished paintings are highly accomplished, they are well-mannered works where the raw energy of his drawing is suppressed, in addition to which his pupils undertook tasks such as coloration for some of them. The preparatory pictures and sketches, however, are 100% the work of Kyosai, and vividly convey the mastery of his art. The bold idea not to display Kyosai’s finished paintings enables this exhibition to showcase his talent for artistic expression and depiction.