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The story of “Swimmy,” the only black fish among his red brothers and sisters, is included in the elementary school textbook and is familiar to people all across Japan. The creator, Leo Lionni (1910–1999) worked in graphic design in Italy and the U.S.A. before stepping into the world of picture books for the first time with his work “Little Blue and Little Yellow.” His small main characters, such as the mouse “Frederick” and the inchworm from “Inch by Inch,” search for what they are, and the stories of their learning are illustrated using a variety of techniques including watercolors, oil painting, and collage. This exhibition will introduce Lionni’s turbulent life, continually moving through Europe and the United States, overlapping with his works. We will inform you of his wide range of activities, such as his work as a creator of picture books and an art director, his painting, and his sculpting, shedding light on his path to incorporating abstract impressionism in children’s picture books for the first time.


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from July 13, 2019 to September 29, 2019


Leo Lionni


Adults ¥1300, University Students ¥900, High School Students & Younger Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:On a Public Holiday Monday, the museum is open.


Address: Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters Building 42nd Floor 1-26-1, Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-833
Phone: 03-5777−8600

5 minutes walk from the West Exit of JR Shinjuku Station, Nishi-Shinjuku Station on the Marunouchi Line, or Shinjuku-Nishiguchi station on the Toei Oedo line.

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