Insects in Art

Sano Art Museum

poster for Insects in Art
[Image: Hokusai Katsushika "Pumpkin vine with insects"]

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The Japanese often get a sense of seasonal changes from the appearance of different insects, whether it is butterflies dancing among flowers, the shrill sound of cicadas resting in the shade, or dragonflies darting across rice fields. In China, the mysterious presence of insects has long been honored as the sign of a good omen. Adopting Western-style sketching methods and combining these with Chinese thought, the Japanese developed a vivid way of expressing insects, creating stunningly beautiful works with much variety. For this exhibition the Sano Art Museum has brought together traditional and modern works that feature insect motifs. “Tonbokiri,” one of three legendary Japanese spears created by famed swordsmith Masazane Fujiwara during the Muromachi period (1336-1573), will also be included in the exhibition.

*The works on show will change in the first and second half of the exhibition period. By presenting the stub of your exhibition admission ticket, you can receive a 20% deduction on your admission fee when visiting this exhibition for a second time.



from September 09, 2017 to November 05, 2017
Closed on Thursdays.


Hokusai Katsushika et al.



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