Tamabi DNA

Tama Art University

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The Nihonga (Japanese Painting) division of Tama Art University began as one of the three pillars―the others were Western Painting, and Design & Craft―of the Art and Design Department of the Teikoku Art School. Founded in 1929, it was the predecessor of Tama Teikoku Art School, opened in 1935, weaving a historic thread of 92 years of Nihonga at Tama Art University.

Matazo Kayama was appointed to the university in 1963, and Misao Yokoyama, two years later. These two unique and gifted artists joined forces, infusing their teaching with new concepts not bound by the conventions and traditions of Nihonga that had existed since the Meiji period. Education in Nihonga was based on their ideals, and produced many talented artists. Since then, the spirit of Kayama and Yokoyama has been handed down, and we have cultivated a wide variety of artists by respecting various forms of expression that originated in the Nihonga tradition.

In this exhibition, Matazo Kayama and Misao Yokoyama are regarded as the standard-bearers of “contemporary Nihonga” and positioned as originators of the revival of Nihonga education at the university. Thus, by exhibiting the works of 89 artists, the exhibition bears witness to how students under the tutelage of Kayama and Yokoyama passed on their ideals to the following generations up to the present day.

Venue: Tama Art University Museum, Tama Art University Art-Theque Gallery



from April 03, 2021 to June 20, 2021
Open on May 4. Closed on May 6.


Matazo Kayama, Misao Yokoyama et al.



Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 17:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Note:Open on public holiday Tuesday but closed on the following day. Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.


Address: 1-33-1 Ochiai, Tama-shi, Tokyo 206-0033
Phone: 042-357-1251 Fax: 042-357-1252

7 minute walk from the South exit of Odakyu Tama Center Station on the Odakyu Tama line, 9 minute walk from the Central exit of Keio Tama Center Station on the Keio Sagamihara line, 10 minute walk from Tama Center Station on the Tama Monorail line.

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