Minami Kunzo Exhibition

Tokyo Station Gallery

poster for Minami Kunzo Exhibition

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*Please buy advance reservation tickets via Lawson Ticket. Tickets are not available at the museum as a general rule.

Many art exhibitions are held each year in Japan, attracting large audiences. In addition to large-scale Western fine art exhibitions, a number of exhibitions featuring Japanese art from eras such as the Edo Period (from the early 17th century to the late 19th century) and contemporary Japanese works have proven popular in recent years. Western-style paintings by modern Japanese artists have fallen through the cracks, and Tokyo Station Gallery has brought them back into the public eye by holding exhibitions exclusively in this genre since reopening in 2012.

Minami Kunzo (1883-1950) was a Western-style painter who was front and center at government-sponsored exhibitions in the early to mid-20th century. Studying in Great Britain at a young age, he was drawn to watercolors with a fresh style. On his return to Japan, he earned acclaim as an Impressionist, while also ushering in a new age of art in areas outside oil painting, with works such as woodcut prints in the sosaku-hanga (creative woodcut print) movement. Yet no major retrospective exhibitions of his work have been held outside his native Hiroshima, and his work is largely unknown.

This exhibition is the ultimate retrospective, providing an all-encompassing view of Minami’s career. In addition to his best-known works that remain today, such as those that were featured in Bunten (Ministry of Education Art Exhibition), Teiten (Exhibition of the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts), and Nitten (Japan Art Exhibition), the exhibition features works such as watercolors that he painted while studying in Great Britain and woodcut prints that he created through his friendly rivalry with potter Tomimoto Kenkichi.

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from February 20, 2021 to April 11, 2021

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Kunzo Minami

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