[2021 Summer] Collection Room
Venue [ Main Building（South Wing）1F ]
The Museum has been acquiring Kyoto modern art since its inauguration in 1933, and currently has holdings of over 3,800 artworks comprised of a core of Japanese paintings along with Western style paintings, sculpture, prints, crafts, and calligraphy.
The Museum is particularly proud of its highly regarded collection of paintings by Meiji and Showa period Kyoto artists. Introducing paintings with seasonal themes in tandem with the changing seasons, the Museum gives viewers a rich sense of the seasons in Kyoto.
A feeling of summer in the early Showa period can be gleaned from works such as Kitano Tsunetomi Sisters of a Merchant Family, depicting a hot summer evening conversation in a garden, and Showa period oil painter Nakamura Ken-ichi’s The Seto Inland Sea of Japan.
- Jun. 26 (Sat.) – Sep. 26 (Sun) , 2021
- Main Building（South Wing）1F
- Collection Room Admission fees:
Kyoto City residents: ¥520*
Groups (of 20 or more): ¥620
Elementary, junior high and high school students: Free**
Non- resident elementary,
junior high and high school students: ¥300
Children under elementary school: Free
*Admission is free for residents over 70 (with valid ID or senior boarding pass) and for those with disabilities (with valid disability certificates). Admission is ¥100 for students attending Kyoto universities registered as Kyoto City Campus Culture Partners.
** living or studying in Kyoto
Please bring a valid ID.
This museum holds a total of 10 pieces of Shoen’s works, from the beginning works to the last. This time, 8 works are exhibited in the Collection Room and at the same time, 2 works are on display in the “Uemura Shoen” exhibition (17 July-12 September). Please compare the works of both exhibitions. For example, on one of her early representative work, The Flowers of Life, the museum holds two different works with the same composition with another one being introduced in the “Uemura Shoen” exhibition. It uses the same sketch depicting the bride walking towards the wedding hall and the mother leading her; however, the size of the picture, color, spacing, pattern of clothes, makeup and hair accessory is different.
Also, the work inside the collection room, Waiting for the Moon has a similar composition to the work, Moonlit displayed in the “Uemura Shoen” exhibition. From the earlier work of Moonlit, one can notice the attempt of constructing space composition by skillfully using ‘the pillar’ to demonstrate depth, emphasizing the vertically long composition.
Elaborately Designed Animals
In this chapter, the simplified forms of animals are introduced. In Tsuda Shinobu’s Water Beetle with Flowing Water, one can see the geometric form of water beetles. Another work of Tsuda with feather and tail expressed in few marked lines is Chicken Ornament “The Fighting Hero”, Cast Copper.
Tsuda’s works have a connection with the “François Pompon” exhibition (10 July – 5 September), which is being held at the same time. In 1925, the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts (later known as “Art Deco”) was held at Paris, and Tsuda was involved as a judge of Japanese exhibits. There, seeing the simple forms of Pompon’s carved animals, gave a huge influence on him. We hope you enjoy Tsuda’s work, which is similar to that of Pompon characterized by its clarity of form, in the Art Deco style architectural space of our museum, which was constructed in the same era.
The menu of seasonal sweets in Cafe ENFUSE will change four times a year, along with the seasons. Also the museum shop will continue offering new confectionary selections twice a month, every month in 2021.