The Eye of Collector Taro Fukutomi

The Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum

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[Image: Kiyokata Kubaraki "Light Snow" (1917) Taro Fukutomi Collection Archive Ⓒ Akio Nemoto 2021/JAA2100212]

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Taro Fukutomi (1931-2018), known as the “King of Cabaret” in the Showa era (1926-1989), was a successful businessman who expanded his business nationwide with the rapid economic growth after World War II. He also appeared on TV and radio programs, where his light-hearted and humorous speeches became popular, earning him the nickname “Cabaret Taro.

At the same time, he collected artwork over the years, including paintings of beautiful women, modern Japanese paintings including Western paintings, and war paintings based on his childhood experiences, and built up the “Taro Fukutomi Collection. He introduced his beloved collection through his writings and lectures, including a series of articles in art magazines, and devoted himself to conveying the appeal of art to a wide audience.

This exhibition features more than 80 of his most beloved paintings, from the early days of the Meiji period (1868-1912) to the wartime period of the Showa period (1926-1989), including paintings of beautiful women by Kiyokata Kaburaki, the Japanese painter who inspired him to collect. Under the supervision of Yuji Yamashita (art historian and professor at Meiji Gakuin University), who had a close relationship with Taro Fukutomi before his death, this is the first opportunity to introduce the entirety of his exceptional collection, focusing on his aesthetic sense as a collector.



from September 18, 2021 to November 07, 2021
Closed on September 27, October 11 and October 25.

Website (Japanese) (venue's website)


Adults ¥1600, University and High School Students ¥1300, 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 and in between exhibitions.


Address: 5F Bandaijima Bldg., 5-1 Bandaijima, Chuo-ku, Niigata-shi, Niigata 950-0078
Phone: 025-290-6655 Fax: 025-249-7577

From the Bandai exit of Niigata Station on the JR Echigo, Hakushin and Shinetsu Main lines, take the bus and get off at Toki Messe. The venue is 5 minute walk from there.

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