Current Exhibition

KAZAN - A Superb Imagination at Work

KAZAN - A Superb Imagination at Work

Saturday, September 22 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

This exhibition honors a painter who was once famous but then fell into obscurity. Based in Kyoto, Yokoyama Kazan (1781/4-1837) was a popular painter at the turn of the 19th century. He admired Soga Shôhaku greatly and studied under Ganku, then later expanded his painting range after being inspired by Goshun. As a result, Kazan was proficient in a wide range of painting styles, which enabled him to adopt the best style for each subject of his works. This is the first retrospective exhibition to trace the path of Kazan's diverse career. With around 100 pieces, including works by Soga Shôhaku and Kazan's own pupils, the exhibition reveals the full range of Kazan's career. Some of his works have been returned home for this exhibition from overseas such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the British Museum.


Next Exhibition

Yoshimura Yoshio: Beyond Hyper-realism

Yoshimura Yoshio: Beyond Hyper-realism

Friday, November 23, 2018 – Sunday, January 20, 2019

Hyper-realism? A word too simple to describe his works. The drawing of wire netting that stretches over 17 meters. The 365 self-portraits he drew every day for a year. The newspapers he copied, letter by letter. All of the works created by Yoshimura Yoshio (1950 - 2013) are super-real, but also exude an unsettling strangeness that strikes the observer. This exhibition is the first retrospective to be held in Tokyo. It provides a comprehensive view of Yoshimura with more than 600 items on display, including monotone prints and drawings from his early period, colorful flowers from his late period, and self-portraits which he drew throughout the course of his life. Please come and see for yourself these searingly honest works that are not simply skilfull, but constantly question what it means to draw, and what it means to live.

opening hours

10:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.
*Fridays : until 8:00p.m.

*Last admission 30 minutes before closing

Closed Days

Mondays (Tuesdays if this is a public holiday), during New Year’s holidays and exhibition changeovers
*Please refer to the page of each special exhibition for more details.


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