The Pioneers of Nihonga ― Taikan, Shunso, Gyokudo, and Ryushi

Yamatane Museum of Art



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Taikan Yokoyama, Shunso Hishida, Gyokudo Kawai, and Ryushi Kawabata all led in the evolution of nihonga by exploring the possibilities of painting that would be based on tradition but suited the new age in which they lived. Focusing on these four painters and tracing the course of their work, this exhibition reflects on the history of modern nihonga.

An additional focus is the Pine, Bamboo, and Plum (Shochikubai) exhibitions that Taikan Yokoyama, Gyokudo Kawai, and Ryushi Kawabata participated in 1955 through 1957, near the end of their careers, at the Kensodo gallery. The Shochikubai exhibitons were planned at the request of Taneji Yamazaki, the museum’s founder, who cultivated his personal collections with these artists while collecting their work.


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from August 31, 2019 to October 27, 2019


Adults ¥1200, University & High School Students ¥900, Junior High Students & Younger Free

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holidays (including Mondays) but closed the following day.


Address: 3-12-36 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0012
Phone: 03-5777-8600

10 minutes walk from the West exit of JR Ebisu Station and exit 2 at Ebisu Station on the Hibiya line.

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