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Lineage of Eccentrics: The Miraculous World of Edo Painting

February 9 (Sat) – April 7 (Sun), 2019

Lineage of Eccentrics: The Miraculous World of Edo Painting Poster

This exhibition, based on art historian Nobuo Tsuji’s 1970 book, Lineage of Eccentrics, will be the definitive examination of “eccentric paintings” of the Edo period. Appearing in one venue will be major works by eight artists—Iwasa Matabei, Kano Sansetsu, Ito Jakuchu, Soga Shōhaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi, as well as Hakuin Ekaku and Suzuki Kiitsu. Numerous important cultural properties are included. By showing the rich allure of Edo painting—a powerfully imaginative world, filled with bizarre imagery—the exhibition will evoke a “lineage of eccentrics” of new aspect, speaking to contemporary sensibilities.

Features
Features

Art historian Nobuo Tsuji (1932~) published Lineage of Eccentrics in 1970, nearly a half century ago. This exhibition, based on Tsuji’s book, will be the definitive exhibition of Edo period “eccentric paintings.” In Lineage of Eccentrics, Tsuji looks at a range of convention-smashing paintings and prints that draw viewers into a fantastic world—works never before taken up collectively in a book or exhibition. This exhibition will present carefully selected works by the artists featured in that book—Iwasa Matabei, Kano Sansetsu, Ito Jakuchu, Soga Shōhaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi—with the addition of Hakuin Ekaku and Suzuki Kiitsu, eight artists in all. The exhibition is designed to fully satisfy both visitors familiar with the “Ito Jakuchu” and “Edo painting” vogues of recent years, and visitors who will be seeing these fascinating works for the first time. We invite you to thoroughly enjoy the imaginative allure of Edo painting in an exhibition of works, filled with bizarre imagery, that will speak anew to 21st-century sensibilities.

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Major works

Major works
  • Soga Shōhaku, Sessen Dōji Offering His Life to an Ogre

    Soga Shōhaku, Sessen Dōji Offering His Life to an Ogre, Around Meiwa 1 (1764), Keishō-ji Temple, Mie prefecture

  • Ito Jakuchu, Phoenix and Sun

    Ito Jakuchu, Phoenix and Sun, Horeki 5 (1755), The Museum of the Imperial Collections, Sannomaru Shozokan, Imperial Household Agency【Exhibition period:February 9 – March 10】

  • Immortals

    Soga Shōhaku, Immortals (National important cultural property), Meiwa 1 (1764), Agency for Cultural Affairs
    【Exhibition period:March 12 – April 7】

  • Suzuki Kiitsu, One Hundred Birds

    Suzuki Kiitsu, One Hundred Birds, One Hundred Animals, Tenpo 14 (1843), The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, USA

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Information

Information
Period
February 9 (Sat) – April 7 (Sun), 2019
Venue
Exhibition Rooms
Closed
Mondays, February 12 (Open the Monday of February 11, April 1)
Hours
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays and March 23 (Sat), 30 (Sat), April 6 (Sat) 9:30 – 20:00 (Last admission 19:30)
Admission

Advance tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800


Tickets at the door |
General ¥1,600 / College students ¥1,300 / HS students ¥800 / Seniors 65+ ¥1,000


Group tickets |
General ¥1,400 / College students ¥1,100 / HS students ¥600 / Seniors 65+ ¥800
※Group rates - 20 or more people


※Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
※Admission free for visitors (and one accompanying person) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate
※In each case, please show identification

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Nikkei Inc., NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Co-Organized by
The Asahi Shimbun
Sponsored by
TOPPAN PRINTING CO., LTD., TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION, MITSUI & CO., LTD.
Cooperation with
JAPAN AIRLINES
Special Cooperation with
Asano Laboratories, Inc.
Special WEB Site
https://kisou2019.jp
Telephone Inquiry
TEL:03-5777-8600(Hello dial)

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