Spreading Ink: Encountering the Five Colors

Tenshin Memorial Museum Of Art, Ibaraki

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Sumi ink, which was introduced from China, had a great impact on the history of Japanese art, and even after the modern era, many painters, including Taikan Yokoyama and Seiho Takeuchi, were fascinated by sumi ink and challenged themselves to create new expressions with their own unique perspectives. In his representative work, The Book of Tea, Okakura Tenshin wrote, “The Zen Buddhists’ fondness for ink painting is an expression of their love of abstraction,” and it can be said that the abstract nature of ink made possible a variety of expressions and interpretations. As the saying goes, “there are five colors in sumi”; sumi ink is not considered as a monochromatic black color, but the colors woven together by the harmonies of sumi ink stimulate the viewer’s imagination and give the impression of various colors.

This exhibition, featuring works from the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki, introduces the diverse world of sumi ink, showing how artists have confronted the traditional use of sumi ink in Japan and how they have created their own expressions.



from July 28, 2021 to September 26, 2021
Open on August 9 and September 20. Closed on August 10.


Adults ¥730, Seniors 70 & Over ¥360, University and High School Students ¥520, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥320, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:00
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.


Address: 2083 Tsubaki, Otsu-cho, Kitaibaraki-shi, Ibaraki 319-1702
Phone: 0293-46-5311

7 minutes by taxi from Otsuko Station on the JR Joban line.

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