The Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art Inaugural Exhibition
250 Years of Kyoto Art Masterpieces
Venue [ Main Building（North Wing）1F | Main Building（North Wing）2F ]
About the Exhibition
This exhibition presents Japanese-style painting masterpieces culled from 250 years of Kyoto Art. In three sections, it encompasses Kyoto art dating from the late Edo period through to the present. All sections include craftsmen and calligraphers who were active at the same time. Western-style painters, sculptors, and print makers since the Meiji period, as well post-war modern artists, are also introduced.
Although the schedule and content of the Kyoto City KYOCERA Museum of Art’s opening exhibition had to be revised in response to COVID-19, the reorganized exhibition features works carefully selected to maintain the original exhibition objectives.
- Oct. 10 (Sat) – Dec. 6 (Sun), 2020
Part1: Oct. 10 (Sat) – Nov. 8 (Sun)
Part2: Nov. 10 (Tue)–Dec. 6 (Sun)
- Main Building（North Wing）1F | Main Building（North Wing）2F
- Closed on
- Museum closed on Mondays, except Nov. 23.
- Admission Fee: Adult ¥1,600 (Group ¥1,400)
University / High school student ¥1,200 (Group ¥1,000) Junior high and younger students are admitted free of charge.
From Edo to Meiji – Embracing Modernity
Artists such as the eccentric painters Ito Jakuchu (1716 – 1800) and Soga Shohaku (1730-1781), literati tradition painter Yosa Buson (1716-1783), naturalistic painter Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795), founder of the Shijo school of painting Goshun (1752-1811), and individualist Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-1799) were all active in Kyoto during the late Edo period. This section of the exhibition features an overview of a new age of art and craftworks dating from this time through the beginning of the Meiji period.
From Meiji to Showa – The Golden Age of Kyoto Painting
From the late Meiji to the early Showa period, attention turned to innovation in the genre of Japanese-style painting. The formation of the Kyoto Gadan group of painters, with Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942) as a central figure, and The National Creative Painting Association (Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai) ushered in a golden age of Kyoto painting. Asai Chu (1856-1907) established a Western-style painting school in late Meiji period in Kyoto and embraced foreign influences in the field of craftworks as well. Kamisaka Sekka (1866-1942) was instrumental in the Taisho period in promoting Japanese design and paving the way for the development of craftworks as art.
From Post-war to Today − to the Future
Japanese traditional painting, craftworks, and calligraphy were questioned within the turbulence of the immediate post-war period. Contemporary art trends began to emerge from the 1960s. New organizations were formed of Japanese-style painters seeking new expression in this genre. In the field of craftworks, objects without practical use were explored, and Western-style painting became oriented to social themes while calligraphy tended towards abstract art.