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Current Exhibition

A World of Flowers
― from the Rimpa School to Contemporary Art

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

22 April (Sat.) – 18 June (Sun.) 2017
(Closed on Mondays)

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

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,000 [800] yen; university and high school students: 800 [700] 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
Sakai Hōitsu, The Moon and Plum Trees, Color on Silk, Edo Period, 19th Century, Yamatane Museum of Art
Sakai Hōitsu, Chrysanthemums with Bird, Color on Silk, Edo Period, 19th Century, Yamatane Museum of Art
Suzuki Kiitsu, Peonies, Color on Silk, Edo Period, 1851, Yamatane Museum of Art
Suzuki Kiitsu, Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Edo Period, 19th Century, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tanomura Chokunyū, A Hundred Flowers, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1869, Yamatane Museum of Art
Watanabe Seitei, Peonies and Butterflies, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1893
Yokoyama Taikan, Mountain Cherry Trees, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1934, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, White Peony, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, c. 1901, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kobayashi Kokei, Bird and Evergreen Magnolia, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1935, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kobayashi Kokei, Irises, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1952, Yamatane Museum of Art
Okumura Togyū, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1972, Yamatane Museum of Art
Uemura Shōkō, Flowers and Birds of Japan, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1970, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yamaguchi Hōshun, Sunny Moments in the Rainy Season, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kayama Matazō, Screen with Floral Fans, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1966, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

Nature in all its seasonal variations has long enthralled the Japanese. Flowers, each blooming in its season, are especially loved, both for their beauty and as motifs symbolizing the seasons in art, poetry, and prose. They capture the fascinated attention of artists, who continue to depict flowers today. The ways in which flowers are painted are also rich in variations: flowers by themselves, combined with birds or insects, or the flowers of the four seasons filling the picture plane. To celebrate spring at its height, our museum is holding a thematic exhibition on the subject of flowers throughout the seasons. Plum blossoms, cherry blossoms, peonies, roses, lilies, hydrangeas, morning glories, chrysanthemums, Chinese bellflowers, narcissus, camellias: Through the archetypical flowers seen in Japanese art, visitors may explore the rich world of painting, from the Edo period to our day.

During the Edo period, Rimpa school artists made the flowering plants and trees of the seasons their signature subject. For example, Sakai Hōitsu created an elegant world of flowers combined with scenery and birds in The Moon and Plum Trees or Chrysanthemums with Bird. Suzuki Kiitsu vividly presented the flowers of the seasons in rich colors in his Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons. Rimpa school paintings, with their decorative picture planes, using lavish colors and gold grounds, and their fresh design sense have radiated unfading charm through the centuries. From the modern period on, artists have continued to express their mindfulness of the seasonal cycle and each season’s natural beauty in their work. Consider, for example, Tanomura Chokunyū’s A Hundred Flowers, which presents, in all the detail of an illustrated botanical dictionary, a hundred varieties of flowers from throughout the year, Okumura Togyū, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple, in which he depicted the magnificent weeping cherry trees at the Daigo-ji Temple’s Sanbōin, or Kayama Matazō’s Screen with Floral Fans, in which he used the traditional fan painting format in a folding screen, with fans studded with the flowers of the four seasons applied topasted on the screen.

In this exhibition, we present a diverse group of about 60 paintings depicting the flowers of spring, summer, fall, and winter: the museum will be in full bloom. The exhibition combines these works with fascinating materials on the characteristics of flowers, narratives and histories concerning them, and comments by the artists.

*All works mentioned above are in the Yamatane Museum collection.


Sakai Hōitsu,
Chrysanthemums with Bird,
Color on Silk, 19th Century,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Suzuki Kiitsu,
Peonies,
Color on Silk, 1851,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Suzuki Kiitsu,
Birds and Flowers of the Four Seasons,
Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, 19th Century,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Kobayashi Kokei,
Bird and Evergreen Magnolia,
Color on Silk, 1935,
Yamatane Museum of Art

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

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Yamaguchi Hōshun,
Sunny Moments in the Rainy Season,
Color on Paper, 1966,
Yamatane Museum of Art

Kayama Matazō,
Screen with Floral Fans, Color on Silk, 1966,
Yamatane Museum of Art
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