Ryuzaburo Shikiba: Mirrors of Cerebral Ventricles

Nerima Art Museum



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Ryuzabura Shikiba (1898–1965) was born in Niigata Prefecture and studied psychiatry. In addition to his psychiatric practice, Shikiba was an amazingly prolific writer, publishing some 200 books throughout his life on subjects that ranged from the Mingei folk art movement and Van Gogh to introductory psychopathology and sex education. He was also involved in organizing exhibitions, including shows of Van Gogh reproductions and Kiyoshi Yamashita’s works. He stood at the forefront of various public interests and tastes. Shikiba’s far-reaching and enlightening activities helped shape current views of art (for example, associative concepts such as genius and madness, creation and destiny, and art and life). As both an avid follower and guide of the era, Shikiba developed an important context for modern and contemporary Japanese cultural history. Mirrors of Cerebral Ventricles is derived from the subtitle of a 1939 book in which Shikiba examines the highly individualistic trait of shifting back and forth between polar extremes of the visible (science) and invisible (art). The exhibition retraces Shikiba’s myriad pursuits through a collection of approximately 200 works and documents.


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from October 11, 2020 to December 06, 2020
Open on November 23. Closed on November 24.


Adults ¥1000; University & High School Students, Ages 65–74 ¥800; Junior High School Students & Under, Seniors 75 & Over Free; Adults with Disability Certificates 500; High School & Junior High Students with Disability Certificates 400.

Venue Hours

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


Address: 1-36-16 Nukui, Nerima-ku, Tokyo 176-0021
Phone: 03-3577-1821

3 minute walk from Nakamurabashi Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro line.

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