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Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
The Destruction and Creation of Nihonga
- Hayami Gyoshū: A Retrospective

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Dancing in the Flames
[Important Cultural Property],
Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1925,
Yamatane Museum of Art

8 October – 4 December, 2016
(Closed on 11 Oct., and on Mondays, except for 10 Oct.)

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

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,200 [1,000] yen; university and high school students: 900 [800] 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 and Nikkei Inc.

Organized by: SMBC FRIEND SECURITIES CO., LTD.

Approximately 80 masterpieces of Hayami Gyoshū from Yamatane Collection and other collections are on display during the above period.

Highlights of the Exhibition
※All works are created by Hayami Gyoshū.
Section 1 : The Start: Out of Painting School
A Suitor's Trials, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1913, Yamatane Museum of Art
Young Foliage, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1912, Tokyo National Museum (On display 10/8 – 11/6)
A Bonfire (Autumn Morning), Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1913, Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection
A Paper-Making Village near Tokyo, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1914, Tokyo National Museum
Autumn in Yamashina, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1917, Yamatane Museum of Art
Section 2: Mastering the Depiction of Textures
Shūgakuin Village in Rakuhoku (Northern Kyoto), Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1918, The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga (On display 10/8-11/20)
Kyoto's Maiko, Apprentice Geisha, of Kyoto, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1920, Tokyo National Museum (On display 11/22-12/4)
Chrysanthemums, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Taishō Period, 1921 (On display 11/8-12/4)
Pomegranates in a Nabeshima Ware Dish, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1921
Sunflowers, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1922, Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection
Black Bamboo, Ink on Paper, Taishō Period, 1925, Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection
Section 3: From Dancing in the Flames to Camellia Petals Scattering- Taking the Classics to New Heights
Dancing in the Flames [Important Cultural Property], Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1925, Yamatane Museum of Art
Goby, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1925
Magnolia (Noble Flowers in Spring Garden), Ink on Paper, Taishō Period, 1926, Okada Museum of Art (On display 10/8 – 11/6)
Emerald Mosses and Verdant Turf, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Shōwa Period, 1928, Yamatane Museum of Art
Red Plum Blossoms and White Plum Blossoms, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art
Camellia Petals Scattering [Important Cultural Property], Color on Gold Ground on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art
Section 4: A Trip to Europe and New Challenges after Returning to Japan
― Experiencing Europe
Sampans in Penang, Color on Silk with Goldleaf on the Reverse, Shōwa Period, 1931, Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum
Ruins of Olympia, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1931, Yamatane Museum of Art
― Rendering the Human Figure
Beside the Flowers, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1932, Kabuki-za Corporation
― New Developments in Bird-and-Flower Paintings
Black Peonies, Ink and Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1934
Round Moon (Last Work), Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1935, Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection
Bonsai of Plum Tree (Unfinished Work), Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1935, Felix M. Bush Collection

Exhibition Overview

In the 2016 Yamatane Museum of Art celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its founding. It opened in July of 1966 as Japan’s first museum dedicated to Nihonga, based on the collection of Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983), founder of Yamatane Securities (now SMBC Friend Securities Co., Ltd.). Taneji, acting on his conviction that “What is transmitted through a painting is the artist's humanity,” built close friendships with artists while collecting their works.

Hayami Gyoshū (1894-1935), a Nihonga artist active from the late Meiji to the early Shōwa periods, died quite young; while he and Taneji were contemporaries--with just a year’s difference in age--they never actually met. Taneji loved Gyoshū’s work, however, acquired it at every opportunity, and took pleasure in displaying Gyoshū paintings in his home’s tokonoma alcove. In 1976, the Yamatane Museum of Art acquired 105 paintings by Gyoshū from the Ataka Collection, bringing its Gyoshū holdings to a total of 120 works. Since then, we have been nicknamed the “Gyoshū Museum.” This exhibition, commemorating our museum’s fiftieth anniversary, presents our Gyoshū collection, in a sense our most familiar face. With major Gyoshū works from each period from other collections as well, this exhibition offers a retrospective on his career built from 80 works.

"The courage to climb to the top of the ladder is noble, while those who climb down from the perch and then climb back up it are all the more noble." Those words summarize the forty years of Gyoshū’s brief life, during which he kept climbing towards the challenging goal of innovating in Nihonga, striving to achieve a new mode of expression.

This exhibition begins with Gyoshū’s student years, when he was influenced by Imamura Shikō, a more senior student at their painting school, and continues with his pursuit of realism, inspired by the Western-style artist Kishida Ryūsei, by Western painting, and by Song dynasty bird-and-flower painting in the style associated with the Imperial Court Academy. It explores his attempt to define a new Nihonga, in paintings from his masterpiece, Dancing in the Flames [Important Cultural Property] on. It also presents his rendering of the human figure, on which he concentrated after a stay in Europe, and the ink bird-and-flower paintings of his last years. Spanning his entire career, this exhibition, bringing together works from our own and other collections for the first time in twenty-three years, is a major Gyoshū retrospective and a remarkable opportunity to experience his courageous, creative career.


Shūgakuin Village in Rakuhoku (Northern Kyoto),
Color on Silk,
1918,
The Museum of Modern Art, Shiga
(On display 10/8-11/20)

Image: TNM Image Archives
Kyoto's Maiko, Apprentice Geisha, of Kyoto,
Color on Silk,
1920,
Tokyo National Museum
(On display 11/22-12/4)

Chrysanthemums,
Color on Gold-Leafed Paper,
1921
(On display 11/8-12/4)

Pomegranates in a Nabeshima Ware Dish,
Color on Silk,
1921

Sunflowers,
Color on Silk,
1922,
Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection

Black Bamboo,
Ink on Paper,
1925,
Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection

Emerald Mosses and Verdant Turf,
Color on Gold-Leafed Paper,
1928,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Camellia Petals Scattering
[Important Cultural Property],
Color on Gold Ground on Paper,
1929,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Beside the Flowers,
Color on Paper,
1932,
Kabuki-za Corporation

Black Peonies,
Ink and Color on Paper,
1934
Yamatane Museum of Art

Round Moon (Last Work),
Color on Silk,
1935,
Reiyūkai Myōichi Collection

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Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
The Best of the Yamatane Collection III

Definitive Nihonga Masterpieces: The Kyoto Art World
― 19th Century to Contemporary Paintings

Takeuchi Seihō Tabby Cat
Takeuchi Seihō, Tabby Cat (Important Cultural Property),
Color on Silk, 1924, Yamatane Museum of Art

10 December (Sat.) – 5 February (Sun.) 2016
(Closed on 1/10, from 12/29 to 1/2 and on Mondays, but open on 1/9)

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

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,200 [1,000] yen; university and high school students: 900 [800] yen; middle school and younger children: free of charge
*Figures in brackets are for groups of 20 or more, advance 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 and The Asahi Shimbun

Highlights of the Exhibition
Mori Kansai, Takasago, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1889, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tanomura Chokunyū, A Hundred Flowers, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1869, Yamatane Museum of Art
Takeuchi Seihō, Tabby Cat (Important Cultural Property), Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1924, Yamatane Museum of Art
Takeuchi Seihō, Ducklings, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1937, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamamoto Shunkyo, Pool in the Crater, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1925, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Scene from the Noh Play Kinuta, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1938, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Composing a Poem, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1942, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōen, Feathered Snow, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1944, Yamatane Museum of Art
Nishimura Goun, Polar Bear, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1907, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hashimoto Kansetsu, Frosty Morning, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1935-44, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tsuchida Bakusen, Oharame, Women Peddlers, Color on Gold-Leafed Silk Gauze, Taishō Period, 1915, Yamatane Museum of Art
Murakami Kagaku, Nude (Important Cultural Property), Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1920, Yamatane Museum of Art
Ono Chikkyō, Lights in the Offing, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1977, Yamatane Museum of Art
Fukuda Heihachirō, Bamboo Shoots, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1947, Yamatane Museum of Art
Fukuda Heihachirō, Young Women and Peach Trees, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1916, Yamatane Museum of Art
Fukuda Heihachirō, Peonies, Color on Silk, TaishōPeriod, 1924, Yamatane Museum of Art
Ikeda Yōson, Grassland, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1976, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamaguchi Kayō, Life Newly Born, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1973, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamaguchi Kayō, Spirit of the Forest (Dryad), Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1976, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōkō, White Peacock, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1973, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Atsushi, Snow Geese, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1974, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 50 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

The Yamatane Museum of Art, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2016, was founded in 1996 as Japan’s first museum specializing in nihonga. Its core was the personal collection of Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983), founder of Yamatane Securities (now SMBC Friend Securities Co., Ltd.). His collection’s paramount characteristic is that he built it through close friendships with nihonga artists who were his contemporaries.

In commemorating the museum’s half-century milestone, we have selected what we term “definitive nihonga masterpieces,” works from the collection that are indispensable to any discussion of the history of modern art in Japan. This exhibition of masterpieces by the most important artists of their day will be divided into two parts, the first focusing on artists participating in the Kyoto art world, the second on the Tokyo art world. Both parts of this special exhibition will display the crème de la crème of nihonga.

From the Meiji period on, nihonga artists have been acutely aware of Western art, which flowed into Japan, and have been exploring approaches to nihonga suited to the new age in which they lived. Participants in the Kyoto art world both carried on the traditions of sketching from life based on both Yamato-e, which originated in the Heian period, and the Edo-period Maruyama Shijô School and sought to create innovations in nihonga that would suit the times in which they lived. Their efforts were organizational as well as personal; they founded, for example, the Kyoto Prefectural Art School, Japan’s first public school of art. In that context, a great number of highly individualistic nihonga artists who became art circle leaders emerged. While respecting tradition, the highly flexible Kyoto setting introduced a series of new elements and contributed many new aspects to nihonga.

This exhibition introduces the quintessence of nihonga artists in the Kyoto art world, through works that include A Hundred Flowers, by Tanomura Chokunyū, who made every effort to achieve the founding of that first public art school, Tabby Cat, a painting that captures the touch, the breath, the very being of its subject, by Takeuchi Seihō, who was a pioneering leader, Feathered Snow, which presents women of great purity by Uemura Shōen, a younger artist, Lights in the Offing by Ono Chikkyō, who depicted richly lyrical landscapes, and Bamboo Shoots by Fukuda Heihachirō, who worked simple compositions and clear colors.

This cornucopia of works from Kyoto will bring you an opportunity to enjoy gem-like masterpieces by artists who transcended the conventional, traditional frameworks, while staying true to their roots in regarding sketching from life as their standard, to open up new terrain in nihonga.


Tanomura Chokunyū, A Hundred Flowers(detail),
Color on Silk, 1869,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Tsuchida Bakusen, Oharame, Women Peddlers,
Color on Gold-Leafed Silk Gauze, 1915,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Uemura Shōen, Feathered Snow,
Color on Silk, 1944,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Murakami Kagaku, Nude (Important Cultural Property),
Color on Silk, 1920,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Nishimura Goun, Polar Bear,
Color on Silk, 1907,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Yamamoto Shunkyo, Pool in the Crater,
Color on Silk, 1925,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Ono Chikkyō, Lights in the Offing,
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

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Exhibition Periods
Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
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
A World of Flowers ―from the Rimpa School to Nihonga (tentative) 22 Apr

18 Jun
Special 50th Memorial Exhibition:
Kawabata Ryūshi and Twentieth-Century Nihonga Artists (tentative)
24 Jun

20 Aug
Uemura Shōen and Beautiful Women in Art (tentative) 29 Aug

22 Oct
Special 60th Memorial Exhibition:
Kawai Gyokudō ―Japanese Scenes of Primordial Beauty (tentative)
28 Oct

23 Dec
Special 150th Anniversary Exhibition:
Yokoyama Taikan and the Artists
of the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute)
(tentative)
3 Jan

25 Feb

* 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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