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Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
The Best of the Yamatane Collection IV

Definitive Nihonga Masterpieces: The Tokyo Art World
― 19th Century to Contemporary Paintings

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Yokoyama Taikan, Divine Spirit: Mt. Fuji,
Ink and Light Color on Silk, 1952, Yamatane Museum of Art

16 February (Thu.) – 16 April (Sun.) 2017
(Closed on 3/21 and on Mondays, but open on 3/20)

Hours:10 am - 5 pm (Last admission at 4:30 pm)

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,200 [1,000] yen; university and high school students: 900 [800] yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge
*Figures in brackets are for groups of 20 or more, advance tickets, and those who are wearing kimono.
*Disability ID holders and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Organized by: Yamatane Museum of Art and The Asahi Shimbun

Highlights of the Exhibition
Yokoyama Taikan, Divine Spirit: Mt. Fuji, Ink and Light Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1952, Yamatane Museum of Art
Shimomura Kanzan, Ancient Pine Tree and White Wisterias, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Taishō Period, 1921, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawai Gyokudō, Young Ladies Planting Rice, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1945, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, The Moon in the Four Seasons (Spring, Autumn), Ink and Light Color on Silk, Meiji Period, c. 1909-10, Yamatane Museum of Art
Matsuoka Eikyū, Court Ladies in Spring Clothing, in the Spring Sunlight, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1917, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kobayashi Kokei, Scenes from the Legend of Kiyohime: Hidaka River, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1930, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yasuda Yukihiko, Oda Nobunaga Dancing before His Departure for the Front, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1970, Yamatane Museum of Art
Maeda Seison, Minamoto no Yoshitsune's Boat in Daimotsu Bay: Scene from the Tale of Gikeiki, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1968, Yamatane Museum of Art
Okumura Togyū, Maelstroms at Naruto, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1959, Yamatane Museum of Art
Higashiyama Kaii, End of the Year, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1968, Yamatane Museum of Art
Okuda Gensō, Oirase Ravine: Autumn, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1983, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 50 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

The last of our exhibitions commemorating the museum’s half-century milestone follows the previous exhibition, which focused on Kyoto, by introducing definitive nihonga masterpieces by artists active in the Tokyo art world.

During the turbulent Meiji period, artists were exploring new approaches to nihonga. Under the leadership of Okakura Tenshin of the Tokyo Fine Arts School (now Tokyo University of the Arts), artists such as Yokohama Taikan, Hishida Shunsō, and Shimomura Kanzan engaged in a quest for styles and themes appropriate for their times, while continuing to value research on the classics. The Japan Art Institute, the private art organization that Tenshin founded in 1898, continues to operate today, after many twists and turns, and has produced many famous artists, including Kobayashi Kokei, Yasuda Yukihiko, Okumura Togyū, and Hirayama Ikuo. In the public sector, the Bunten (Ministry of Education Exhibition), the first official art exhibition, was held in 1907 and played a significant role in the modernization of nihonga. Its successors were the Teiten (Imperial Art Exhibition) and, after World War II, the Nitten (Japan Fine Arts Exhibition). Those exhibitions provided the stage on which Kawai Gyokudō, Higashiyama Kaii, Sugiyama Yasushi, Takayama Tatsuo, and many other artists were active. Paintings by Inten and Nitten artists form the core of this exhibition, which presents significant works that have had a lasting impact on the history of the Tokyo art world.

Yamazaki Taneji, the founder of our museum and its first director, supported artists who were his contemporaries before, during, and after the war, interacting directly with them as he built his collection. The inspiration for founding the museum was Taikan’s comment, “Why not do something for the public good?” We can trace the history of Taneji’s friendships with artists through the works he commissioned for anniversaries and other signal events that have been added to the collection over our fifty-year history. This exhibition traces the development of the Tokyo art world from the dawn of the modern period to today through masterpieces that are indispensable to art history textbooks and episodes concerning the artists and our founder, Yamazaki Taneji.


Matsuoka Eikyū,
Court Ladies in Spring Clothing, in the Spring Sunlight,
Color on Silk, 1917,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Hishida Shunsō,
The Moon in the Four Seasons (Spring, Autumn),
Ink and Light Color on Silk,
c. 1909-10,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Shimomura Kanzan,
Ancient Pine Tree and White Wisterias,
Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, 1921,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Yasuda Yukihiko,
Oda Nobunaga Dancing before His Departure for the Front,
Color on Paper, 1970,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Kawai Gyokudō,
Young Ladies Planting Rice,
Color on Silk, 1945,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Kobayashi Kokei,
Scenes from the Legend of Kiyohime: Hidaka River,
Color on Paper, 1930,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Okumura Togyū,
Maelstroms at Naruto,
Color on Paper, 1959,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Higashiyama Kaii,
End of the Year,
Color on Paper, 1968,
Yamatane Museum of Art

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Welcome to the museum

The Yamatane Museum of Art, Japan’s first museum to specialize in Nihonga, opened in July of 1966 in the Kabutocho neighborhood of Nihonbashi, Tokyo. Its core collection consists of a large group of paintings donated by the museum’s founder, Taneji Yamazaki (1893-1983). Its second director, Tomiji Yamazaki (1925- ), broadened and deepened the collection, acquiring works by Hayami Gyoshu and initiating programs such as the Yamatane Museum of Art Award.

On October 1, 2009, the museum moved to its new home in Hiroo, in Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward. Here, acting on our founder’s principle of contributing through art to society and, above all, culture, the mission of the museum is collecting, presenting and interpreting Japanese art through exhibitions and research on modern and contemporary Nihonga. To present the works in our collection as effectively as possible, our new facility incorporates the latest advances in lighting, display cases, and other equipment. It is our hope that, through the museum experience, visitors will develop an intense appreciation of Nihonga’s characteristic sense of the seasons and of the distinctive materials such as mineral pigments, silk, and paper used to create these paintings.

Hiroo, a neighborhood that is remarkably verdant for its city center location, is home to many schools, embassies, and other international institutions. The museum emphasizes educational and outreach activities that are a good match for its setting, including lectures for children as well as adults and special viewings on days when the museum is closed. Our goal, as a vital center for communicating information about Japanese culture both within Japan and internationally, is to to contribute to the advancement of scholarship and to society through exhibitions backed by systematic and steady research. We hope that our visitors will appreciate and support these efforts.

Regarding art as a part of life, the museum also offers fine art gifts inspired by the exhibitions and the changing seasons in the museum shop, together with a menu of special Japanese confections (wagashi) in the café. We hope that visitors will feel at home in our museum, develop a strong connection to it, and come to visit it frequently. We will be most pleased if, through their encounters with Nihonga at this museum, visitors not only enjoy a richly rewarding experience but also rediscover Japanese culture.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Yamatane Museum of Art.

Taeko Yamazaki
Director
Yamatane Museum of Art

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About the Museum

Yamatane Museum of Art was founded in 1966 by Taneji Yamazaki who has donated his numerous collection of Japanese art. The ex-chairman of the Yamatane Art Foundation, Tomiji Yamazaki collected 105 works of Hayami Gyoshu known as one of the most respected Japanese artists among scholars and collectors.

The Museum displays 5 to 6 exhibitions throughout the year by selecting paintings according to the respective topics. The collection mainly focuses on Kindai Nihonga (Modern Japanese paintings after Meiji era). The Museum also has collections of oil paintings, Ukiyoe, and Ancient Japanese Calligraphy. The wide variety and the level of the collection has a very high reputation among experts in Japan.

In past exhibitions we have displayed works of the Japanese-painting masters such as Yokoyama Taikan, Kobayashi Kokei, Hayami Gyoshu, Murakami Kagaku, Uemura Shōen, Okumura Togyu, Higashiyama Kaii, Kayama Matazo etc, from our collections. The collection has many splendid paintings and a few of them has been designated as Important Cultural Properties which happens to be very rare for modern Japanese paintings.

The Museum does not exhibit the collection on permanent basis, due to the weak nature of Nihonga being easily affected by the environment. Paintings are replaced about 7-8 times a year based on respective topics to allow visitors to see as many collections as possible each year.

Please visit our museum and make your first step into the magnificent world of Nihonga.

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Visitor Information

address

3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012,
Tel: 03-5777-8600 (Hello Dial, English available)

hours

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last Admission at 4:30 p.m.)

Day Closed

Mondays (closed on the day after a national holiday), December 29 - January 2, and closed for exhibition installations. Call to confirm schedules.

admissions

Regular Exhibitions: Adults: 1,000 [800] yen, University and high school students: 800 [700] yen
*Special Exhibitions: addmission fees vary according to each exhibition.
Middle school and younger children: free of charge
*Figures in brackets are for groups of 20 or more.
*Disability ID Holders and one person accompanying them are admitted free of charge.

Access

by train

Appr. 10-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Ebisu Station and from Exit 2 of Ebisu Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line.

by car

■ From Shibuya Station, East Exit: Take Toei Bus (Metropolitan Bus): “Gaku 03” service bound for Nisseki Medical Center (Japanese Red Cross Medical Center) and get off at “Higashi 4-chome”stop (an appr. 2 minute walk from the bus stop). Bus stop ① is where you disembark, and ② is where you embark.

■ From Ebisu Station, West Exit: Take Toei Bus (Metropolitan Bus): “Gaku 06” service bound for Nisseki Medical Center (Japanese Red Cross Medical Center) and get off at “Hiroo Kōkō (Hiroo high school) Mae” stop. Bus stops ③ is where you disembark, and ④ is where you embark.

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Collections

The Museum has a collection of over 1800 works including four Important Cultural Properties which is very rare for modern Japanese paintings. They include Hayami Gyoshu’s "Dancing in the Flames", "Falling Camellias", Takeuchi Seiho’s "Tabby Cat" and Tsubaki Chinzan’s "View of Mt. Kuno", and 18 Important Art Objects such as Iwasa Matabei’s "Court Lady Enjoying Wayside Chrisanthemums" and Sakai Houitsu’s "Autumn Plants and Quails", which are special works of Edo Period and other masterpieces.

The museum's collection is also well known for the number of works by Okumura Togyu, such as "Maelsroms in Naruto" and "Cherry Blossoms at Daigoji Temple", Yokoyama Taikan’s "Sakuemon’s House", Kobayashi Kokei’s "Scenes from the Tale of Kiyohime", Uemura Shōen’s "Scene from a Noh Play Kinuta" and Murakami Kagaku’s "Woman in the Nude".

The Yamatane Museum of Art is proud to be a part of the Google Art Project, which allows you to navigate the collections and interiors of the world’s leading museums. See the art work as you never have before: zoom into the high-resolution photos to see surprising details, do side-by-side comparisons of individual works, and curate your own collection of artwork from the world's leading museums. Please enjoy the beautiful world of Japanese arts!

http://www.googleartproject.com/ja/collection/yamatane-museum/

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Iwasa Matabei Iwasa Matabei
"Court Lady Enjoying Wayside Chrysanthemums"

Sakai Houitsu Sakai Houitsu
"Autumn Plants and Quails"

Tsubaki Chinzan Tsubaki Chinzan
"View of Mt. Kunozan"
(Important Cultural Property)

Takeuchi Seiho Takeuchi Seiho
"Tabby Cat"

Yokoyama Taikan Yokoyama Taikan
"Sakuemon’s House"

Uemura Shōen Uemura Shōen
"Scene from a Noh Play Kinuta"

Kobayashi Kokei Kobayashi Kokei
"Scenes from the Tale of Kiyohime"

Murakami Kagaku Murakami Kagaku
"Woman in the Nude"

Okumura Togyu Okumura Togyu
"Naruto Maelstroms"

now printing Okumura Togyu
"Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple"

Hayami Gyoshu Hayami Gyoshu
"Dancing in the Flames"
(Important Cultural Property)

Hayami Gyoshu Hayami Gyoshu
"Camellia Petals Scattering"
(Important Cultural Property)

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Exhibitions in 2014

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Exhibition Periods
Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
The Destruction and Creation of Nihonga
Hayami Gyoshū: A Retrospective
8 Oct

4 Dec
The Best of the Yamatane Collection III
Definitive Nihonga Masterpieces: The Kyoto Art World
― 19th Century to Contemporary Paintings ―
10 Dec

5 Feb, 2017
The Best of the Yamatane Collection IV
Definitive Nihonga Masterpieces: The Tokyo Art World
― 19th Century to Contemporary Paintings ―
16 Feb

16 Apr
A World of Flowers ―from the Rimpa School to Nihonga (tentative) 22 Apr

18 Jun
Special 50th Memorial Exhibition:
Kawabata Ryūshi and Twentieth-Century Nihonga Artists (tentative)
24 Jun

20 Aug
Uemura Shōen and Beautiful Women in Art (tentative) 29 Aug

22 Oct
Special 60th Memorial Exhibition:
Kawai Gyokudō ―Japanese Scenes of Primordial Beauty (tentative)
28 Oct

23 Dec
Special 150th Anniversary Exhibition:
Yokoyama Taikan and the Artists
of the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute)
(tentative)
3 Jan

25 Feb

* The above titles and schedules are subject to change. Please visit our web site (http://www.yamatane-museum.jp/english/index.html) or call Hello Dial, the general museum information number, +81-(0)3-5777-8600, for up-to-date information before your visit.
* The museum will be closed on Mondays (closed on the day after national holiday), and from December 29 to January 2, and during change of exhibitions. Call to confirm schedules.

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