poster for Beautiful Men

Ends in 18 days

This exhibition is an attempt to explore what people have been looking for in an ideal male image by following the images of beautiful boys and young men in Japanese visual culture, including paintings.

In the history of Japanese art, images of women, often referred to as “bijinga,” flourished in the Edo period (1603-1868) in ukiyoe woodblock prints and in modern paintings, and are still popular today. On the other hand, when we look at male portraits, there are many works that reflect the social conditions, trends, and views of men at the time, but they have never been lumped together under the title of “bijinga.”

In the same way that Akiko Yosano found her own “beautiful man” in the figure of the Great Buddha in Kamakura, people have projected their ideals onto the image of men. Sometimes as holy beings, sometimes as heroes to be admired, and sometimes as objects of sexual desire, various images of men have been created and accepted.

However, in the field of art history, not enough light has been shed on the representation, viewing, and talking about men as something beautiful.

First half: Until October 10 (Sunday)
Second half: From October 12 (Tuesday)



from September 23, 2021 to November 03, 2021


Adults ¥1200; University and High School Students ¥960; Junior High School Students and Under, Persons with Disability Certificates + 1 Companion free.

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday. Closed during the New Year holidays and maintenance day.


Address: 9-30-1 Tokiwa, Urawa-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0061
Phone: 048-824-0111 Fax: 048-824-0119

3 minute walk from the West exit of Kita-Urawa Station on JR Keihin Tohoku line.

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