Vol. 002 | Notable Japanese Art Exhibitions from December 2022 to March 2023


11. ‘Hayami Goshū Exhibition’

Dates: Tuesday 21 February – Sunday 26 March 2023

Region: Ibaraki Pref.

Venue: Museum of Modern Art, Ibaraki

URL: http://www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp/eng

Description: This exhibition shows the untiring challenge of Hayami Gyoshū, the genius painter who died young. Please come and experience the amazing way in which Goshū changed his painting style in various ways.


12. ‘Itō Jakuchū and Tanaka Isson, Linked Through Time’

Dates: Sunday 25 December 2022 – Sunday 4 June 2023

Region: Kanagawa Pref.

Venue: Okada Museum of Art

URL: https://www.okada-museum.com/en/

Description: Exhibition of the two most popular painters of the Edo and Showa periods, Ito Jakuchū and Tanaka Isson. The highlights of Ito Jakuchū’s works are the recently discovered Peacock and Phoenix. Although these works were produced before the Dōshoku Sai-e (Colorful Realm of Living Beings) series, they already have the quality of the festus series. Also, please enjoy the works of the lonely genius Tanaka Isson in Amami Ōshima.


13. ‘Kataoka Tamako Exhibition: Tsuragamae Series, Paintings that Stand up Against’

Dates: 1/1-1/29

Region: Kanagawa Pref.

Venue: Yokohama Sogō Art Museum

URL: https://www.sogo-seibu.jp.e.ld.hp.transer.com/yokohama/topics/page/sogo-museum-kataokatamako.html?cateid=218

Description: This is the first exhibition consisting solely of the ‘Tsuragamae’ series of representative works by Kataoka Tamako, an individualistic female artist who lived from the modern to contemporary era. The powerful and original works are a must-see.


14. ‘National Treasure, “Red and White Plum Picture Screen” Exhibition’

Dates: 1/27-3/14

Region: Shizuoka Prefecture

Venue: MOA Museum of Art

URL: https://www.moaart.or.jp/en/events/kouhakubai2023/

Description: The exhibition takes place every year around the time when the plum blossoms are in bloom. Ogata Kōrin’s masterpiece, the National Treasure ‘Red and White Plum Blossoms’, is on display. We hope you will enjoy this Rimpa school work, a fusion of the ultimate in realism and the ultimate in decorative beauty.


15. ‘Various Attractions: The Fifty-three Stations!’

Dates: 12/13, 2022 – 1/22, 2023

Region: Shizuoka pref.

Venue: Shizuoka City Tōkaidō Hiroshige Art Museum

URL: https://tokaido-hiroshige.jp/en/

Description: The 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō Route series is the masterpiece of Utagawa Hiroshige, one of the most famous ukiyoe artists of the Edo period. In fact, Utagawa Hiroshige is said to have produced more than 20 other works of the 53 Stations of the Tōkaidō series, in addition to his masterpiece ver. This exhibition introduces some of them in the museum’s collection. Please enjoy the fascination of the various ’53 Stations of the Tōkaidō’ painted by Hiroshige in various ways.


16. ‘The Nihon-ga Revolution – Higashiyama Kaii, Kayama Matazō and other standard-bearers of modern Nihon-ga (Japanese-style painting)’

Dates: Saturday 28 January 2023 – Sunday 9 April 2023

Region: Kyoto

Venue: Fukuda Museum of Art

URL: https://fukuda-art-museum.jp/en/exhibition/20221119940

Description: The Fukuda Museum of Art is a new museum that opened in 2019. It started with around 1,500 works, mainly Japanese paintings, collected by the founder of AIFUL for the purpose of establishing the museum. Since then, the museum has expanded its collection one after another to more than 1,800 works, making it one of the most active museums in Japan today. This time, 200 works from the collection of Yamamoto Kenji (former president of Rivera Co., Ltd.) have been added, significantly strengthening the range of modern Japanese paintings. The Fukuda Art Museum is proud to present a new line-up of modern Japanese paintings.


17. ‘Japanese-style Paintings in Osaka’

Dates: 2023.01.21 – 2023.04.02

Region: Ōsaka

Venue: Nakanoshima Museum of Art, Ōsaka

URL: https://nakka-art.jp/en/

Description: The Osaka Nakanoshima Art Museum opened in 2022, and here is a spirited exhibition to mark its first anniversary. The Osaka art world did not really come into its own until after the Meiji era (1868-1912), and this exhibition focuses on Osaka’s Japanese-style painters. Although many of the painters in the exhibition appear to be painters of beautiful women, such as Kitano Tsunetomi and Shima Seien, the line-up as a whole is rich in variety, including the Nanga landscape painter Yano Kyoson and the Osaka genre painter Suga Tatehiko, and is guaranteed to be very worthwhile.


18. ‘Masterpieces from the Hosomi Art Museum, Kyoto – Rimpa school, Itō Jakuchū, etc’

Dates: Wednesday 22 March – Monday 10 April 2023

Region: Ōsaka

Venue: Ōsaka Takashimaya Department Store

URL: https://www.emuseum.or.jp/eng/index.html

Description: The Hosomi Museum of Art, a leading museum in Kyoto, which is highly acclaimed both at home and abroad, will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2023. To commemorate this anniversary, a large-scale touring exhibition will be held this year. The exhibition will tour from Osaka to Tokyo, Nagoya, Shizuoka and Nagano. The highlight of the exhibition will be Itō Jakuchū’s early works, such as ‘Roosters in the Snow’ and ‘Hechima Gunchū-zu (painting of loofahs and insects)’. Be sure to check out this unique opportunity to see Jakuchū’s works from his younger days.


19. ‘The feel of Masterpieces’

Dates: Thursday 1 December 2022 – Tuesday 28 February 2023

Region: Shimane Pref.

Venue: Adachi Museum of Art

URL: https://www.adachi-museum.or.jp/en/archives/exhibition/winter2022

Description: Exhibition of big-name Japanese painters, with a focus on modern Japanese paintings. An exhibition that allows visitors to appreciate the outstanding collections of Hashimoto Kansetsu, Hishida Shunsō, Nishiyama Suishō, Yokoyama Taikan, Ōhashi Suiseki, Sakakibara Shihō, Yamamoto Shunkyo, Tomioka Tessai, Maeda Seison and many others.


20. ‘Takehisa Yumeji Exhibition’

Dates: 2 Jan (Mon) – 12 Feb (Sun), 2023

Region: Saga Pref.

Venue: Saga Prefectural Art Museum

URL: https://saga-museum.jp/museum/language/english/

Description: Exhibition of Takehisa Yumeji, a leading Taishō Romantic painter who gained popularity for his ‘Yumeji-style beauties’ with their lovely melancholy eyes.


21. ‘Treasures of the Shōkoku-ji Temple (the Main Temple), the Kinkaku-ji Temple and the Ginkaku-ji Temple’

Dates: Saturday 26 November – Sunday 22 January 2023

Region: Ōita Pref.

Venue: Ōita Prefectural Art Museum

URL: https://www.opam.jp/en/exhibitions/detail/804

Description: It is no exaggeration to say that this is the hottest exhibition in Kyūshū this winter. This is a unique exhibition where you can see a number of masterpieces from Kyoto’s representative temple, Shōkoku-ji, and its sub-temples, Kinkaku-ji and Ginkaku-ji, all in one place. The exhibition includes representative works by Maruyama Ōkyo such as Peonies and Peacocks and Great Fall, Itō Jakuchū’s Fowls, Hasegawa Tōhaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Kanō Tan-yū and others. There is also a special exhibition of sliding door paintings by local artist Iwasawa Shigeo.