Kyoto City Museum of Art 90th Anniversary Exhibition
Takeuchi Seiho: A Destructive and Creative Force
Venue [ Main Building（South Wing）1F ]
Takeuchi Seiho was the most influential painter in modern Japanese painting. During the Meiji period, Seiho aimed for the innovation in the world of painting and traveled to the West, seeking for new expressions of Japanese painting which transcends old traditions. In the Taisho and Showa periods, when his skills have reached maturity, Seiho was known to train many of his pupils while playing an active part in the frontlines of art as an influential figure. While emphasizing on the importance of “sketching,” Seiho produced vivid works by his outstanding brushworks and created the foundation of modern Japanese painting in Kyoto by his overwhelming force of leadership. Nowadays, Seiho is widely known as a masterly painter, however, in his road to success, vast amounts of energy were needed in order to create a new horizon by destroying old norms.
In this exhibition, starting with our collection of Posing for the First Time, Seiho’s representative works from his early years to his late stages will be recollected. To shed light into the challenges Seiho had faced, his sketches, preparatory drawings, reproductions of old paintings and various references will be on display. This large-scale, retrospective exhibition will fully look back at roughly 130 works of Seiho and his strenuous 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
- Adult ¥1,800 (Advance/Group ¥1,600)
University / High school student ¥1,300 (Advance/Group ¥1,100)
Junior high and yonger students are admitted free of charge
*Admission is free for high school students living or studying in Kyoto.
*Admission is free for those with disabilities (with valid disability certificates).
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.