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Tumultuous Times ―Painters in the Bakumatsu and Meiji

Suntory Museum of Art
During the turbulent transition from the Edo to Meiji periods in the 19th century, painters who inherited the traditions of Japanese painting and took on the challenge of new expression were active.

This exhibition focuses on painters who created unique works during the Bakumatsu-Meiji period, as well as works by painting schools that underwent revolutionary changes.

Paintings from the late Edo and Meiji periods (early modern and modern) are buried between the two eras, and in the past were sometimes regarded as a neglected field. In recent years, however, art history has begun to emphasize the connection between the Edo and Meiji periods, and the Bakumatsu-Meiji period is now attracting increasing attention as a period in which a diverse group of painters displayed their skills.

This exhibition introduces the unique painters who worked mainly in Edo and Tokyo during the Bakumatsu-Meiji period and explores the appeal of their works. As if to illustrate the chaotic times of the period, including the Tempo Reforms, the arrival of the black ships, epidemics, the Ansei Earthquake, and the movement to overthrow the shogunate, dramatic and powerful depictions, earnest expressions, and bizarre styles of painting were born. In addition, Western-style painting methods and traditions were embraced by the influx of Western art, and new creative styles were added to the paintings. These characteristics of Bakumatsu paintings were seen until the early Meiji period.

With its drastic changes in social conditions, the present age may also be called a "turbulent age. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to feature a group of works from the Bakumatsu-Meiji period that still evoke fresh surprises and strength.


Oct 11 (Wed) 2023-Dec 3 (Sun) 2023 

Opening Hours Information

Closes at 20:00 on Fridays.
Until 20:00 on November 2 and 22.
Until 18:00 on November 28.
Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1500; University and High School Students ¥1000; Junior High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.
VenueSuntory Museum of Art
Location3F Tokyo Midtown Galleria, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8643
AccessDirect walk from exit 8 at Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo line, Direct walk from Roppongi Station on the Hibiya line, 3 minute walk from exit 3 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line.
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