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Special Exhibition :
Sakura, Sakura, Sakura 2020
— Flower Viewing at the Museum!

【山種美術館 広尾開館10周年記念特別展】 東山魁夷の青・奥田元宋の赤 ―色で読み解く日本画―
Hashimoto Meiji, Cherry Tree in Morning Sun, Yamatane Museum of Art

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14 March (Sat.) – 10 May (Sun.) 2020
(Closed on 7 May and on Mondays, except for 4, 5 and 6 May.)

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

Admission Fees: Adults: 1,300 [1,100] yen; university and high school students: 1,000 [900] 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 Figures in brackets.

Organized by: Yamatane Museum of Art and Asahi Shimbun.

Highlights of the Exhibition
Hashimoto Gahō, Kojima Takanori, a Heroic Samurai: Scene from the Taiheiki (Chronicle of the Great Peace), Color on Silk, Meiji Period, c. 1899, Yamatane Museum of Art
Yokoyama Taikan, Mountain Cherry Trees, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1934, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hishida Shunsō, Women Viewing Cherry Blossoms, Color on Silk, Meiji Period, 1894, Yamatane Museum of Art
Matsuoka Eikyū, Court Ladies in Spring Clothing, in the Spring Sunlight, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1917, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kobayashi Kokei, Cherry Blossoms, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, c. 1933, Yamatane Museum of Art
Kawabata Ryūshi, Cherry Tree in Bloom, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 20th Century, Yamatane Museum of Art
Tsuchida Bakusen, Oharame, Women Peddlers, Color on Gold-Leafed Silk Gauze, Taishō Period, 1915, Yamatane Museum of Art
Okumura Togyū, Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1972, Yamatane Museum of Art
Okumura Togyū, Spring in Yoshino, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1977, Yamatane Museum of Art
Omoda Seiju, Spring Garden, Color on Silk, Taishō Period, 1918, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hayami Gyoshū, Cherry Blossoms in the Dark, Color on Silk, Shōwa Period, 1928, Yamatane Museum of Art
Hashimoto Meiji, Cherry Tree in Morning Sun, Color on Paper, Shōwa Period, 1970, Yamatane Museum of Art

Approximately 50 works in total are to be displayed.

Exhibition Overview

In 2020 spring, the Yamatane Museum of Art holds a special exhibition of paintings of cherry blossoms, a beloved symbol of Japan.

Cherry trees have long grown wild in Japan, on its mountains and lowlands. In the middle ages and the early modern period, aristocrats, samurai, and others in the upper reaches of society admired the cherry trees growing by their homes or in famous places. In the Edo period, a great number of new varieties of cherry trees were bred, cherry-blossom viewing became a custom widely observed by the common people, and the Japanese attachment to the cherry blossom grew broader and deeper. The cherry blossom, so beautiful in full bloom and so evanescent, its petals swiftly scattering, has long been celebrated in poetry, incorporated in designs for furnishings and other objects, and depicted in paintings. It has blossomed in the arts in a profusion of ways.

This exhibition, focusing on the cherry blossom, with such deep ties to the Japanese aesthetic, introduces about fifty modern and contemporary Nihonga from our collection. Hishida Shunsō’s Women Viewing Cherry Blossoms depicts ladies gathered beneath the trees in full bloom. Okumura Togyū’s Spring in Yoshino takes Nara’s Mount Yoshino, famous for its cherry trees, as its subject. Hashimoto Meiji’s Cherry Tree in Morning Sun addresses the Miharu Takizakura, a famous thousand-year-old cherry tree in Fukushima. Hashimoto Gahō’s Kojima Takanori, a Heroic Samurai: Scene from the Taiheiki (Chronicle of the Great Peace), depicts the “cherry tree of loyalty” episode in which Takanori rips bark off a cherry tree to write on it a poem of loyalty to the deposed emperor. Famous places, manners and customs, grand narratives: cherry trees play leading roles in works on scores of themes.

The spring of 2020 will bring paintings of cherry trees into full bloom in our museum. We hope you will enjoy the many portraits of the cherry tree that modern and contemporary Nihonga artists have created.

*All works mentioned are from the Yamatane Museum of Art collection.

橋本雅邦《児島高徳》
Hashimoto Gahō,
Kojima Takanori
菱田春草《桜下美人図》
Hishida Shunsō,
Women Viewing Cherry Blossoms
松岡映丘《春光春衣》
Matsuoka Eikyū,
Court Ladies in Spring Clothing,
in the Spring Sunlight
小林古径《桜花》
Kobayashi Kokei,
Cherry Blossoms
奥村土牛《醍醐》
Okumura Togyū,
Cherry Blossoms at Daigo-ji Temple
横山大観《山桜》
Yokoyama Taikan,
Mountain Cherry Trees
土田麦僊《大原女》
Tsuchida Bakusen,
Oharame, Women Peddlers
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