Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth

Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, May 15, 2016 
Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

Lakeside, By Kuroda Seiki, 1897 (Important Cultural Property)
Lakeside, By Kuroda Seiki, 1897 (Important Cultural Property)

Kuroda Seiki (1866–1924) devoted his life to modernizing the Japanese art world. At age 18, he travelled to France for study. While there, his artistic impulses were piqued by Louis-Joseph-Raphaël Collin and other contemporary French painters. He became a painter himself and several of his works were accepted by the Salon. Upon returning to Japan, he breathed new life into the Japan’s western painting scene with his bright style infused with elements of impressionism. He was also appointed to teach western painting at the Tokyo Art School (now Tokyo University of the Arts) and he used this platform to build an academic system for Japanese art. He dedicated himself to painting while fighting hard to gain international recognition for Japanese art.
This exhibition, held to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Kuroda’s birth, is the first large-scale retrospective to be held at Tokyo National Museum. It presents an overview of Kuroda’s life and paintings using works from Tokyo National Museum’s collection alongside others gathered from 27 locations within Japan and overseas. Exhibits include masterpieces like Lakeside, Maiko Girl and Wisdom, Impression, Sentiment, all Important Cultural Properties, as well as Reading and Portrait of a Woman (Kitchen). Also featured are works that Kuroda encountered in France, such as those painted by his mentor Raphaël Collin or by Jean- François Millet.

Period: Wednesday, March 23 - Sunday, May 15, 2016

Venue: Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays, May 2 until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed: Mondays (Except for Monday, March 28, April 4, May 2)

Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free
*Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
*Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
*Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from January 23 to March 22, 2016.

Access: 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station 15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station

Organizers: Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo Research Institute for Cultural Properties, The Asahi Shimbun, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.

With the Sponsorship of: Dai Nippon Printing Co.,Ltd.

With the Assistance of: Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd., Air France / KLM Royal Dutch Airlines

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