Exhibitions

Special Exhibitions

The UKIYO-E 2020

July 23 (Thu-holiday) – September 13 (Sun)
September 22 (Tue-holiday), 2020

* A date/time reservation ticket is required for this exhibition.
Tickets can be purchased only on Special website from 10:00 am on July 15.

Ukiyo-e is an iconic form of Japanese art that enjoyed immense popularity among the urban populace during the Edo period (1603-1868). Its popularity eventually spread to the West, where it profoundly influenced the Impressionist painters and other artists and sparked a craze for Japanese art known as Japonisme. Today, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is among the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world.
This exhibition will, for the first time, unite masterpieces from the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, what are reputed to be the three great collections of ukiyo-e in Japan both in quality and volume. Some 450 carefully selected ukiyo-e prints will be exhibited. Despite the perception that many ukiyo-e masterpieces flowed out of the country, world-class collections of ukiyo-e in fact exist in Japan. We invite you to enjoy famed works by representative ukiyo-e master artists of all periods from the 17th through 19th centuries.

1st term:July 23 (Thu-holiday) – August 23 (Sun)
2nd term:August 25 (Tue) – September 22 (Tue-holiday)

Features
Features
  1. 1. The three great collections of ukiyo-e in Japan
    United for the first time, what are esteemed the three great collections of ukiyo-e in Japan, both in quality and quantity—the Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, and Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation. A stunning presentation of some 450 famed ukiyo-e works in an excellent state of preservation. (Certain exhibits will be rotated.)
  2. 2. Major works by some 60 artists, covering the history of ukiyo-e
    A voyage across the history of ukiyo-e through major works by some 60 artists. From Hishikawa Moronobu—the “father of ukiyo-e”—to Suzuki Harunobu, Torii Kiyonaga, Kitagawa Utamaro, Tōshūsai Sharaku, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi.
  3. 3. A chance to see Important Cultural Properties and Important Art Objects
    Numerous invaluable art treasures will be displayed, including the only extant copy of Tōshūsai Sharaku’s Soga Gorō and Gosho Gorōmaru (Important Art Object), and all three Sun, Moon, Flowers prints by Suzuki Harushige (later known as Shiba Kōkan) exhibited together in public for the first time in their history. Featured from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation will be 3 Important Cultural Properties and 115 Important Art Objects.

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Major works

Major works

  • Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, Horizontal ōban, nishiki-e, c.1830-1833, Ōta Memorial Museum of Art
    [1st term: July 23 (Thu-holiday) – August 23 (Sun)]

  • Tōshūsai Sharaku, The actor Ōtani Oniji as Edobei, Vertical ōban, nishiki-e, 1794, fifth month, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
    [2nd term: August 25 (Tue) – September 22 (Tue-holiday)]

  • Ishikawa Toyonobu, Woman under the cherry blossoms, Important Cultural Property, Vertical ō-ōban, urushi-e, c.1744-1748, Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation
    [From July 23 (Thu-holiday) to August 10 (Mon-holiday)]

  • Utagawa Kuniyoshi, A Tricky Fellow Fond of Mischief, Vertical ōban, nishiki-e, c.1847, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum
    [2nd term: August 25 (Tue) – September 22 (Tue-holiday)]

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Information

Information

Period

July 23 (Thu-holiday) – September 13 (Sun)
September 22 (Tue-holiday), 2020

By advance reservation only

Venue
Exhibition Rooms
Closed
August 17, 24, September 7, 14
Hours
9:30 – 17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
Days of Extended Hours
Fridays, Saturdays, August 19 9:30 – 21:00 (Last admission 20:30)
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
Resale of admission tickets for this exhibition is strictly prohibited. The museum accepts no responsibility for any inconvenience or loss caused by the illegal resale of tickets.
Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum operated by Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, Nikkei Inc., BS TV TOKYO Corporation, TV TOKYO Corporation
Sponsored by
Kao Corporation, Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., DAIKIN INDUSTRIES, LTD., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation
Cooperation with
Shogakukan Inc., Central Japan Railway Company
Special WEB Site
https://ukiyoe2020.exhn.jp
Telephone Inquiry
TEL:03-5777-8600(Hello dial)

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