Nyokyu and Shodenkyo: Seeing Through the Eyes of Life

Ashikaga Museum of Art

poster for Nyokyu and Shodenkyo: Seeing Through the Eyes of Life
[Image: 牧島如鳩 "Creel Kannon" (1952) oil on canvas, Ashikaga Citizens' Cultural Foundation Collection]

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*Ashikaga Museum of Art is temporarily closed from Apr. 11 to May. 18. The museum will be open from May 19.

Featuring the work of two painters from Ashikaga: Nyokyu Makishima and Shodenkyo Hasegawa. Makishima painted icons and imagery from the Eastern Orthodox, Buddhist, and Christian traditions. Hasegawa, who studied under Makishima, experienced the deterioration of his vision. He continued to paint as a form of prayer even though he was blind for the last ten years of his life. The style and substance of their works differed considerably, yet both artists faced major turning points late in their lives. This exhibition spotlights Makishima’s depictions of Gods not visible with the eye and Hasegawa’s works that did not rely on the physical ability to see.



from May 19, 2020 to August 16, 2020


http://www.watv.ne.jp/~ashi-bi/ (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥710, University and High School Students ¥500, Junior High School Students and Under free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 2-14-7 Tori, Ashikaga-shi, Tochigi 326-0814
Phone: 0284-43-3133 Fax: 0284-43-3133

8 minute from the North exit of Ashikagashi Station on the Tobu Isesaki line, 10 minute walk from the South exit of Ashikaga Station on the JR Ryomo line.

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