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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:
The 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Ito Jakuchū
Jakuchū's Happiness and Taikan's Auspiciousness:
All Hapiness Comes to the Homes of Those Who Smile
3 Jan

3 Mar, 2016
Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
A Century of Devotion: The Art of Okumura Togyū 19 Mar

22 May
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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Next exhibition

Special Exhibition Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Yamatane Museum of Art
A Century of Devotion: The Art of Okumura Togyū

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Okumura Togyū, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple,
Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1972,
Yamatane Museum of Art

19 March (sat.) - 22 May (sun.) 2016
(Closed on 3/22, and on Mondays, except for 3/21, 5/2)
*Some of the works or the pages/scenes on display will be changed during the exhibition period.

Organized by Yamatane Museum of Art and Nikkei Inc.

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

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.

Highlights of the Exhibition

Section 1: Okumura Togyū: Foundations

  • Okumura Togyū, The Kōshū Highway, Color on Paper, Taishō Period, 1924, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Azabu Nanbuzaka, Color on Paper, Taishō Period, 1925, Private Collection
  • Okumura Togyū, Cucumber Field, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1927, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (On display 3/19-4/17)
  • Okumura Togyū, Poetic Rain, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1928, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, A Girl Under a Loquat Tree, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1930, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Maeda Seison, Portrait of Togyu Okumura, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1973, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (On display 3/19-4/17)

Section 2: Consciousness of Form

  • Okumura Togyū, Snow-covered Mountain, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1946, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Himeji Castle, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1955, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Maelstroms at Naruto, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1959, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Tea Ceremony Room, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1963, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Chinese Vases, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Gate, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1967, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Kitayama Cypress, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1976, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Spring in Yoshino, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1977, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, The Sea at the Bōsō Peninsula (Chiba), Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1981, Yamatane Museum of Art

Section 3: The Revered and the Beloved

  • Okumura Togyū, Rabbit, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1947, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Maiko, Apprentice Geisha, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1954, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Water Lilies, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1955, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Dainichi Buddha, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1957, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Nachi Falls, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1958, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Deer, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1968, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1972, Yamatane Museum of Art
  • Okumura Togyū, A Leisure Day, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1974, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (On display 4/19-5/22)
  • Okumura Togyū, Mt. Fuji Viewed from Fujinomiya, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1982, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

In the 2016 Yamatane Museum of Art celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its founding. It opened in 1966 as Japan first museum dedicated to Nihonga, based on the collection of Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983), founder of Yamatane Securities (now SMBC Friend Securities Co., Ltd.). Today its collection includes some 1,800 works. It is distinctive for its core collection of modern and contemporary Nihonga that Taneji built through his close ties with the artists. This exhibition, the first phase of our fiftieth-anniversary celebration, focuses on Okumura Togyū (1889 - 1990), presenting a comprehensive view of his ouevre. Our collection of 135 of his works is unrivaled in Japan. Moreover, Togyū is an artist with whom our directors had close ties for over fifty years, starting when he was an unknown painter diligently engaged in his studies.

Togyū began to learn to paint in his teens from his father, an aspiring artist; in the painting school operated by Kajita Hanko (1870 - 1917), he met Kobayashi Kokei (1883 - 1957), whom he revered as his lifelong master. While something of a late bloomer, with his work first selected for the Inten exhibition when he was 38, his reputation grew after he reached his mid forties, and he continued to work after his hundredth birthday. He sustained the approach of placing emphasis on sketching and on classical poise in his work, which he learned from Hanko and Koeki, throughout his life. "What is transmitted through a painting is the artist's humanity," he said, and, as though to embody those words in his work, he created many paintings filled with clarity and warmth.

This exhibition examines Togyū's 101-year life through about sixty works, including some borrowed from other collections, starting with early period works such as Asabu Nanbuzaka (private collection) and Cucumber Field (The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). The core of the exhibition is paintings he showed in the Inten, his main area of activity, including Snow-covered Mountain, Sacred Cattle,and Himeji Castle. It also includes Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple and Dainichi Buddha, which he created in memory of Kokei, and Maelstroms at Naruto, which was based on careful sketching of an actual scene.

The art name Togyū, which was given to him by his father, is based on a phrase from a Tang dynasty Chinese poem concerning a buffalo tilling a rocky field; the implication is that hard work and determination will turn even rough, rocky land, in time, into a beautifully fertile field. As his name suggests, Togyū concentrated steadily on his work, with diligence and zeal. He said, when he was over the age of 80, "I will never forget, until my dying day, what I first set out to do; I want to keep painting pictures, however clumsily, that live." The Yamatane Museum of Art is delighted, in celebrating a half century after its opening, to introduce the life and work of Togyū, a beloved, and masterly, Nihonga artist active in the modern and contemporary periods who had deep ties to our museum.

(All works are from the museum's collection unless otherwise stated.)

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Cucumber Field,
Color on Silk,
Shōwa Period, 1927,
The National Museum of
Modern Art, Tokyo
(On display 3/19-4/17)
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Maiko,
Apprentice Geisha
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Color on Silk,
Shōwa Period, 1954,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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Water Lilies,
Color on Silk,
Shōwa Period, 1955,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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Himeji Castle,
Color on Paper,
Shōwa Period, 1955,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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Maelstroms at Naruto,
Color on Paper,
Shōwa Period, 1959,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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A Leisure Day,
Color on Paper,
Shōwa Period, 1974,
The National Museum of
Modern Art, Tokyo
(On display 4/19-5/22)
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Spring in Yoshino,
Color on Paper,
Shōwa Period, 1977,
Yamatane Museum of Art

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