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Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed 2016
― Meet the Future of Nihonga

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31 May - 26 June 2016
(Closed on Mondays)

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

Admission Fees: 700 [500] yen; university and high school students: 500 [300] yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge
*Figures in brackets are for groups of 20 or more, advance tickets, repeaters with used 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
With support from the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, and Tokyo Shimbun

Sponsored by: Seiko Holdings Corporation and the Asahi Shimbun Foundation

Highlights of the Exhibition

Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed 2016

Grand Prize : Miyako Emi, On the Verge: Dream or Reality, Color on Silk, 2016
Prize for Excellence : Hasegawa Masaya, Only, Color on Paper, 2016
Special Prize (Presented by Seiko Holdings Corporation) :
Karimata Kōsuke, Dynamic Scenery: Ramboda Falls in Sri Lanka, Color on Paper, 2016
Jury Encouragement Prize : Toyama Makoto, Living Pillar, Color on Paper, 2016

Yamatane Museum of Art Award: Contemporary Nihonga
Grand Prize and Prize for Excellence Winners from the first to fourth Exhibitions
Contemporary Nihonga exhibitions (12 works from the first through the fourth exhibitions)

Prize for Excellence : Matsuo Toshio, Flight, Color on Paper, 1970
Prize for Excellence : Oyama Katashi, The Island of Amakusa: Praying in the Storeroom, Color on Paper, 1973
Grand Prize : Ōmori Kazuo, Yokagura: Shrine Dance at Night, Color on Paper, 1975
Prize for Excellence : Niwa Takako, Soliloquy, Color on Paper, 1977

Approximately 52 works are to be displayed.

In 1971, the Yamatane Museum of Art, which opened its doors in 1966, instituted the Yamatane Museum of Art Award as part of its efforts to encourage and promote nihonga. Held fourteen times, every other year between 1971 and 1997, the highly respected Yamatane Museum of Art Award: Contemporary Nihonga exhibition attracted widespread attention as the gateway to success for new nihonga artists.

As our museum celebrates the fiftieth year since its founding, we return to the purpose of the Yamatane Museum of Art Award while carrying it out a format appropriate for today, as a juried public entry exhibition. From this, the fifteenth holding of the award, the Yamatane Museum of Art Award exhibition was renamed Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed. Through this award,, our objective will be to discover and encourage excellent artists working in new creative, contemporary directions in nihonga.

"Seed," the word used in the name of the prize and of the exhibition, connects the character for "seed" (tane) in the name of our museum's founder and first director, Yamazaki Taneji, in the name of the museum itself (Yamatane), and our hope to uncover and foster seeds of new talent that will carry nihonga on into the future.

This exhibition displays forty works, which, after rigorous screening, were nominated for awards. Many powerful works were submitted, and it was only after fierce debate that the seven judges selected four works for awards: Miyako Emi's On the Verge: Dream or Reality for the Grand Prize, Hasegawa Masaya's Only for the Prize for Excellence, Karimata Kosuke's Dynamic Scenery: Ramboda Falls in Sri Lanka for the Special Prize, and Toyama Makoto's Living Pillar for the Jury Encouragement Prize. For this exhibition, we added twelve Grand Prize and Prize for Excellence winners of the earlier Yamatane Museum of Art Awards, including Matsuo Toshio's Flight and Oyama Katashi's The Island of Amakusa: Praying in the Storeroom.

While providing a retrospective on our museum's efforts, since its founding, to promote nihonga, the addition of these works, juxtaposed with the winning works of younger artists, also creates an opportunity to experience the changing atmospheres and moods over time in the ongoing development of nihonga.

*The Jury Encouragement Prize was created during the judging process at the request of the jury members.

Yamatane Museum of Art Award: Contemporary Nihonga (held 14 times, 1971-1997)
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Acting on the principle of contributing through art to society espoused by our founder, Yamazaki Taneji (founder of Yamatane Securities, now SMBC Friend Securities Co., Ltd.), our museum instituted the Yamatane Museum of Art Award in 1971 as part of our program to encourage and promote nihonga. The Yamatane Museum of Art Award: Contemporary Nihonga exhibition was held fourteen times, every other year, through 1997. For the Yamatane Museum of Art Award exhibitions, artists recommended by the nomination committee showed new or as yet unexhibited work, and the jury selected one artist to receive the Grand Prize and two to receive the Prize for Excellence.

This exhibition will include, in addition to the works selected for the 2016 public-entry exhibition, twelve works that won the grand prize or encouragement prize in the first through the fourth exhibitions.

Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed 2016
― Works Selected for Awards ―
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Grand Prize
Miyako Emi
On the Verge: Dream or Reality
Color on Silk
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Prize for Excellence
Hasegawa Masaya
Only
Color on Paper
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Special Prize
(Presented by Seiko Holdings Corporation)

Karimata Kōsuke
Dynamic Scenery:
Ramboda Falls in Sri Lanka

Color on Paper
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Jury Encouragement Prize
Toyama Makoto
Living Pillar
Color on Paper
Yamatane Museum of Art Award: Contemporary Nihonga
Grand Prize and Prize for Excellence Winners from the first to fourth Exhibitions
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Prize for Excellence, 1971:
Matsuo Toshio, Flight, Color on Paper, Yamatane Museum of Art
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Prize for Excellence, 1973:
Oyama Katashi, The Island of Amakusa: Praying in the Storeroom, Color on Paper, 1973, Yamatane Museum of Art
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Prize for Excellence, 1973:
Kojima Yūji, Persons, Color on Canvas, 1973, Yamatane Museum of Art
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Grand Prize, 1975:
Ōmori Kazuo, Shrine Pantomime Dance, Color on Paper, 1975, Yamatane Museum of Art
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Prize for Excellence, 1975:
Hori Taimei, Girl, Color on Paper, 1975, Yamatane Museum of Art
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Prize for Excellence, 1977:
Niwa Naoko, Soliloquy, Color on Paper, 1977, 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

Exhibition Periods
Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamatane Museum of Art NIHONGA AWARD: Seed 2016
― Meet the Future of Nihonga
31 May

26 June
The Best of the Yamatane Collection I
The Glories of Edo Painting: Matabei, Jakuchū, and the Kanō and Rimpa Schools
2 Jul

21 Aug
The Best of the Yamatane Collection II
Splendid Colors and Compositions by Six Masters of Ukiyoe
― Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai and Hiroshige ―
27 Aug

29 Sep
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

* 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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