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

Splendid Colors and Compositions by Six Masters of Ukiyoe
― Harunobu, Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Sharaku, Hokusai and Hiroshige ―

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Tōshūsai Sharaku,
Arashi Ryūzō II in the Role of Ishibe Kinkichi, the Money Lender,
Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, 1794,
Yamatane Museum of Art

27 August (Sat.) - 29 September (Thu.) 2016
(Closed on 9/20, and on Mondays, except for 9/19)

Hours:10 am - 5 pm (Last admission at 4:30 pm)
    *Night Museum on 16 September, 2016
     10 am - 8 pm (Last admission at 7:30 pm)

Admission Fees: 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 The Asahi Shimbun

Highlights of the Exhibition

Chapter 1: Ukiyoe in the Yamatane Museum of Art

Okumura Masanobu, Dancing, Narrow Format (Hosoban) Hand-colored (Beni-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1723-27, Yamatane Museum of Art
Suzuki Harunobu, Breaking off a Plum Branch, MiddleMedium Format (Chūban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1767-68, Yamatane Museum of Art
Suzuki Harunobu, Picking a Persimmon, MiddleMedium Format (Chūban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1767-68, Yamatane Museum of Art
Katsukawa Shunsyō, Iwai Hanshirō IV as Okaru, Narrow Format (Hosoban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, Edo Period, 1784, Yamatane Museum of Art
Torii Kiyonaga, Fūzoku Azuma no Nishiki: Customs and Manners of the East: A Young Samurai, a Wet Nurse, and Two Ladies-in-Waiting, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1784, Yamatane Museum of Art
Torii Kiyonaga, Arranged Meeting in a Shrine Compound, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1784, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kitagawa Utamaro, Seven Beauties of the Gay Quarters: Shinohara of Tsuruya, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1794-95, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kitagawa Utamaro, Five Types of Female Beauty: A Lady Holding a Dog, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1803, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tōshūsai Sharaku, Arashi Ryūzō II in the Role of Ishibe Kinkichi, the Money Lender, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, 1794, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tōshūsai Sharaku, Morita Kan'ya VIII in the Role of Uguisu no Jirosaku, the Palanquin Bearer, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, 1794, Yamatane Museum of Art
Katsushika Hokusai, Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Fine Wind, Clear Morning, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1830, Yamatane Museum of Art
Utagawa Hiroshige? I, Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1833-36, Yamatane Museum of Art
Utagawa Hiroshige? I, A Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Evening Shower at Ōhashi Bridge, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, 1857, Yamatane Museum of Art
Utagawa Hiroshige? I, Mountains and River in Kiso: Snow of Snow, Moon, and Flower, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, 1857, Yamatane Museum of Art

Chapter 2: Modern Nihonga Artists and the Yamatane Museum of Art

Kobayashi Kokei, Irises, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1952, Yamatane Museum of Art
Higashiyama Kaii, Hill in Early Spring, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kayama Matazō, Cherry Blossoms in the Dark, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1986, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 90 works in total are to be displayed.

The fourth event commemorating our museum's fiftieth anniversary is a special exhibition of the ukiyoe in the Yamatane Museum of Art's collection. Our collection includes works by Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro, Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, and Utagawa Hiroshige I, with a large number of superb works by those six well-known ukiyoe masters. The scale of the collection is matched by the excellent quality of the works' preservation, for which it is highly regarded among ukiyoe experts. The collection includes three of Sharaku's highly individualistic ōkubi-e portraits of actors, which thus account for a remarkably high proportion of the collection. Hiroshige I's archetypical series, Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, is also included in the original Hōeidō edition. Most are prints from the first state; moreover, they also include the titles. These are thus extremely valuable examples of his extant work. This exhibition thus provides not only a comprehensive view of our collection but also, through it, an opportunity to partake of the essence of ukiyoe, of works whose fascination transcends borders and eras.

In association with our fiftieth anniversary, the exhibition also includes a special display of works by modern and contemporary nihonga artists, including Kobayashi Kokei and Kayama Matazō, who had a deep connection our museum.


Suzuki Harunobu,
Breaking off a Plum Branch, Medium Format (Chūban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, c. 1767-68, Yamatane Museum of Art

Torii Kiyonaga,
Fūzoku Azuma no Nishiki: Customs and Manners of the East: A Young Samurai, a Wet Nurse, and Two Ladies-in-Waiting, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, c. 1784, Yamatane Museum of Art

Kitagawa Utamaro,
Seven Beauties of the Gay Quarters: Shinohara of Tsuruya, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, Edo Period, c. 1794-95, Yamatane Museum of Art

Utagawa Hiroshige I,
Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, c. 1833-36,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Utagawa Hiroshige I,
Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, c. 1833-36,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Utagawa Hiroshige I,
A Hundred Famous Views of Edo: Evening Shower at Ōhashi Bridge, Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome Woodblock Print (Nishiki-e) on Paper, 1857,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Katsushika Hokusai,
Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji: Fine Wind, Clear Morning,
Large Format (Ōban) Polychrome (Nishiki-e) Woodblock Print on Paper, c. 1830,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Kobayashi Kokei,
Irises,
Color on Paper, 1952,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Higashiyama Kaii,
Hill in Early Spring,
Color on Paper, 1966,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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