Beyond the End — Ruins in Art History

The Shoto Museum of Art

poster for Beyond the End — Ruins in Art History

This event has ended.

Ruins and ancient remains had been depicted repeatedly in landscape paintings throughout the history of Western art. Admiring the views of ruins and drawing them – this aesthetic was transmitted to modern Japanese art through contact with Western culture. From Hubert Robert the painter and Piranesi the etcher, renowned painters of ruins in the eighteenth century, Constable from the nineteenth century, Henri Rousseau, Magritte and Delvaux in the twentieth century, artists have drawn ruins. Some Japanese painters have also followed this theme: Aodo Denzen in the Edo Period, Fujishima Takeji and Oka Shikanosuke in modern times, and Motoda Hisaharu, Oiwa Oscar and Nomata Minoru in the present day. People have long been fascinated by the sights of the distant past or distant future that has been destroyed or will be destroyed by the passage of time. This exhibition gathers works depicting ruins and city landscapes in the past or near future, from old Western masters to contemporary Japanese art, to provide insight into this phenomenon.



from December 08, 2018 to January 31, 2019
Closed on Dec. 10, Dec. 17, Dec. 25, Dec. 29–Jan. 3, Jan. 7,Jan. 15, Jan. 21, Jan. 28.



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