Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

Suntory Museum of Art

poster for Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

Ends in 10 days

Kyosai Kawanabe (1831–1889), the “demon of painting,” was an artistic genius active in a great variety of fields. For many years, assessments of his oeuvre focused on his caricatures and his paintings of ghosts, demons, and other fey creatures. Recent research, however, has been revealing how, based on the brushwork techniques he carried on from the Surugadai branch of the Kano school and his highly individual sensibility, Kyosai expanded his range of activities. This exhibition will explore Kyosai’s achievements as he opened up his own path in the chaotic years at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and launch of the Meiji Restoration. In doing so, it will also highlight Kyosai’s artistic activities, particularly his engagement in ardent conversations with his predecessors’ works.



from February 06, 2019 to March 31, 2019


Kyosai Kawanabe


Adults ¥1300, University & High School Students ¥1000

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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