Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi “Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush”

Suntory Museum of Art

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Kano Motonobu (1477?-1559) was the second-generation head of the Kano school, which maintained its central role in the art world for about four centuries, starting in the Muromachi period. The Kano school was a group of professional artists with members of the Kano family, connected by blood, at its core. The son of the school’s founder, Kano Masanobu (1434-1530), Motonobu possessed superb artistic skills, and his work was the most highly regarded among all Kano school artists.

Motonobu’s abilities in both Japanese and Chinese styles and his mastery of both large formats such as wall and screen paintings and smaller formats, including picture scrolls and fan paintings, enabled him to respond to a wide variety of commissions and acquire many patrons. The Kano school thus made significant organizational strides under Motonobu’s direction. This exhibition introduces the breadth of Motonobu’s oeuvre, principally through his masterpieces. They are shown alongside paintings by his brilliant predecessors, whom he studied, to highlight a fascinating world of rich tradition.

*Displayed artworks will be alternated over the course of this exhibition.



from September 16, 2017 to November 05, 2017
Until 20:00 on Friday and Saturday.


Motonobu Kano


Adults ¥1300, University and High School Students ¥1000, Junior High School Students & Under and Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion Free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 20:00, saturdays closing at 20:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Note:On a Public Holiday Tuesday, the Museum is open, but closed on the following Wednesday.


Address: Tokyo Mid-town Garden Side, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8643
Phone: 03-3479-8600 Fax: 03-3479-8643

3 minutes walk from Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line, 5 minutes walk from Roppongi Station on the Oedo and Hibiya Lines.

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