December 15, 2016 (Thu.) to March 16, 2017 (Thu.)
- Ikuo Hirayama: The Essence of Eternal Earth
- Nobutaka Oka: Looking Back and Forward
- Kazuo Yoshizawa: Between Reality and Abstraction
- The Sparkling World of Nihonga: Masterpiece Retrospective
Ikuo Hirayama: The Essence of Eternal Earth
Contemporary Nihonga seminal master Ikuo Hirayama published grand-scale works evoking a sense of adventurous discovery based on his interest in the Silk Road. He also greatly contributed to cultural property conservation and intercultural exchange. Exhibited are such masterpieces as Mingsha Sand Dune, Dunhuang; and Sanwei Mountain, Dunhuang—depicting Dunhuang Mogao Caves in an unprecedented scale—and many other works from our collection.
Ikuo Hirayama 1930–2009
Born in Setoda, Hiroshima Prefecture. Graduates Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Studies under Seison Maeda. Among positions he assumed later are Tokyo University of the Arts president, Nihon Bijutsuin chairman, Tokyo National Museum project director, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. Recipient of the Order of Culture. In addition to being a leading figure in the Japanese art world and a Silk Road artist, Hirayama made a longtime commitment to foster students at Tokyo University of the Arts and gifted juniors at Nihon Bijutsuin.
Nobutaka Oka: Looking Back and Forward
Exhibiting works of Nobutaka Oka, who follows an orthodox style like contemporary Nihonga giant Ryushi Kawabata, his grandfather and mentor. Exhibited are representative works focused around his Mt. Fuji masterpiece and folding screen series. It is both amusing and moving to note what mentor Kawabata told his grandson: “Don’t draw Fuji until you’re the right age.” Oka faced the mountain at age 83, believing that “unless I do it now, I won’t ever have time to draw it.”
Born in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, 1932. Graduates Tamagawa Gakuen and joins Seiryu-sha Institute (1950) on recommendation of grandfather (Ryushi Kawabata), then begins submitting work to Seiryu-sha Exhibition. After being his grandfather’s clerk, Oka joins Seiryu-sha in 1961. Commissioned works for temples include the ceiling painting at Dairen-ji (Kawasaki), ceiling paintings of the corridor linked to Zenko-ji’s main hall (Nagano Prefecture), and Zojo-ji’s screen and ceiling paintings (Tokyo).
Kazuo Yoshizawa: Between Reality and Abstraction
Informed by imaginative, colorful tones of surprising depth, free of past Nihonga formulae or basic approach, Yoshizawa’s paintings present an intimate world of genuine original Nihonga. On display are representative and new works by this artist whose expression approaches the vision of a poem or novel by means of a rich and intricate texture.
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture, 1954. His works have been selected and awarded at many publicly sponsored exhibitions as well as competition exhibitions. While his works are used by many publications, including the cover of a Ministry of Education-approved textbook and frontispieces for opening essays by Makoto Ooka for Nihon no Saijiki (Shogakukan weekly publication), he is active in other media that include CD-sleeve artwork for singer Masashi Sada, stained glass for Odawara Station, and artwork for Odawara City’s Hakushu no Michi promenade tiles.
The Sparkling World of Nihonga: Masterpiece Retrospective
One of the most powerful draws of contemporary Nihonga is the sparkle of mineral pigments. Enter this retrospective exhibition and experience some of the finest representative works from our collection, by such leading lights in contemporary Nihonga as Kyujin Yamamoto, Kaii Higashiyama, Matazo Kayama, Fumiko Hori, Reiji Hiramatsu, Susumu Maki, Takeshi Ushio, Rieko Morita, Goro Naito, Toshihiko Maemoto, Masaki Sai, and others.