Kyoto City Museum of Art 90th Anniversary Exhibition
Takeuchi Seiho: A Destructive and Creative Force
Venue [ Main Building（South Wing）1F ]
This exhibition commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Kyoto City Museum of Art. Takeuchi Seiho was the most influential painter in the Japanese painting world of modern Kyoto. During the Meiji period (1868-1912), when he sought innovation among Kyoto’s painting circles, he traveled to Europe in search of a new style of Japanese painting that broke away from old customs. In the Taisho and Showa periods, when his techniques had reached maturity, he became a leading figure in the art world and is also known for having trained many students while remaining active at the forefront. While emphasizing the importance of “sketching,” he created vivid works with outstanding brushwork and led the painting circles of the time with overwhelming centripetal force, laying the foundations for modern Japanese painting in Kyoto.
In this exhibition, a collection of Seiho’s representative works from his early years to his mature period, including the Important Cultural Property Posing for the First Time from the Museum’s collection, are gathered together to reflect on his painting career. In addition to his paintings, the exhibition also includes various materials related to Seiho’s work, such as sketches, preparatory drawings, and reproductions of old paintings, with the aim of further revealing the challenges Seiho set himself. This is a large-scale retrospective exhibition that provides a comprehensive overview of Seiho’s efforts.
- October 7 (Sat.) - December 3 (Sun.), 2023
Part 1: October 7 (Sat.) - November 5 (Sun.)
Part 2: November 7 (Tue.) - December 3 (Sun.)
- 10:00−18:00 (last admission 17:30)
- Main Building（South Wing）1F
- Closed on
- Mondays, except public holidays
Takeuchi Seiho (1864-1942) (竹内栖鳳)
Born in Kyoto. His real name was Takeuchi Tsunekichi. He studied under Kono Bairei and was regarded as one of Kono’s four best painting students. Takeuchi traveled to Europe to see the 1900 International Exposition in Paris. He was active from the start of Ministry of Education Art Exhibitions and worked as one of the Impreial Household Artists, visiting China twice. He led the modernization of Kyoto’s painting circles by fusing factions, including Western paintings. He also broke new ground with his unique perspectives of nature based on sketching and the vividness of his brushwork. He trained a number of talented artists at the Kyoto City School of Painting and at his own studio, named Chikujokai (Bamboo Stick Fellowship). He was the first recipient of the Order of Cultural Merit.
- Organizer: City of Kyoto, et al.