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Special Exhibition Commemorating a Decade since the Yamatane Museum of Art Opened in Hiroo:
Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of His Birth:
The Art of Hayami Gyoshū

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Hayami Gyoshū,
Dancing in the Flames[Important Cultural Property]
Yamatane Museum of Art

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8 June (Sat.) – 4 August (sun.) 2019
(Closed on 16 July, and on Mondays, except for 15 July.)

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, 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.

Highlights of the Exhibition
Hayami Gyoshū, A Suitor's Trials, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1913, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Autumn in Yamashina, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1917, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Peach Blossoms, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Taishō Period, 1923, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Midday in Spring, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1924, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Dancing in the Flames [Important Cultural Property], Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1925, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Emerald Mosses and Verdant Turf, Color on Gold-Leafed Paper, Shōwa Period, 1928, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Camellia Petals Scattering [Important Cultural Property], Color on Gold Ground on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art ◆(to be displayed from 8 June to 7 July)
Hayami Gyoshū, Red Plum Blossoms and White Plum Blossoms, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1929, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Ruins of Olympia, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1931, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Natives Engaged in Irrigation Work in Egypt, Color on Silk with Gold Leaf on the Reverse, Shōwa Period, 1931, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Black Peonies, Ink and Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1934, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Dawn and Spring Evening, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1934, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 60 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

This exhibition celebrates the 125th birthday of Hayami Gyoshū (1894-1935) and the first decade since the Yamatane Museum of Art moved to its present location in Hiroo, Shibuya City, Tokyo. To commemorate those significant junctures in our history, we are pleased to present an exhibition that offers an overall view of our Gyoshū collection, which is the “face” of our museum.

The Yamatane’s founder, Yamazaki Taneji (1893-1983) was just a year older than Gyoshū, but Gyoshū died when merely forty years old without their being able to have direct interactions. Taneji, however, loved Gyoshū’s art with all his heart, collected his work whenever an opportunity presented itself, and enjoyed displaying those paintings in the tokonoma in his home.

Gyoshū was nominated as a senior member of the Japan Art Institute at the unusually young age of twenty-three and was highly regarded by such distinguished artists as Yokoyama Taikan and Kobayashi Kokei. Never complacent, he changed his style frequently throughout his career. As he said, "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." As he exercised that courage again and again, he breathed new life into the art world.

By the end of his brief life, Gyoshū had created about 700 paintings. Since most were the treasured possessions of their owners and rarely shown publicly, he became known as the “phantom painter.” In 1976, however, Taneji was approached about buying all 105 works by Gyoshū in the former Ataka & Co. collection. His decision to do so increased the Yamatane Museum of Art’s Gyoshū collection, which already consisted of fifteen works, to 120 works. Since then, the museum has been known informally as the “Gyoshū museum.”

This exhibition includes Gyoshū’s masterpieces, Dancing in the Flames and Camellia Petals Scattering (both Important Cultural Properties), as well as works from each of his periods, from his early period (such as A Suitor’s Trials) to near the end of his life (such as Black Peonies).

The first presentation of our Gyoshū collection as a whole since 2009, when our museum opened in Hiroo, this exhibition is an opportunity to enjoy the essence of Gyoshū’s art. It consists of four sections: “The Start: Out of Painting School,” “Tackling the Classics,” “Ten-Month Trip to Europe and Experimenting with Human Figure Paintings,” and “Aiming for New Heights.”

速水御舟《山科秋》
Hayami Gyoshū,
Autumn in Yamashina
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《桃花》
Hayami Gyoshū
Peach Blossoms
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《春昼》
Hayami Gyoshū
Midday in Spring
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《翠苔緑芝》
Hayami Gyoshū
Emerald Mosses and Verdant Turf
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《名樹散椿》
Hayami Gyoshū
Camellia Petals Scattering [Important Cultural Property]
Yamatane Museum of Art
[on display from 6/8 to 7/7]
速水御舟《紅梅・白梅》
Hayami Gyoshū
Red Plum Blossoms and White Plum Blossoms
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《あけぼの・春の宵》
Hayami Gyoshū
Dawn and Spring Evening
Yamatane Museum of Art
速水御舟《牡丹花(墨牡丹)》
Hayami Gyoshū,
Black Peonies
Yamatane Museum of Art
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