Exhibition Introduction by the Group
When thinking about the history of “Nihonga” we must not divorce it from the history of individual Nihonga groups. Learning the history of Nihonga, we inherit the DNA of those Nihonga groups and, on this basis, ponder a way forward for Nihonga.
This exhibition allows viewers to see—all at one time—large Nihonga works by artists from different groups and regions of activity, working under different themes. At Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, we seek to transcend the boundaries among our groups in order to unite and show the fundamental power of the group exhibition.
Group & Participating Artists * representative
Association for Study of the Japanese-style Paintings (ASJP)
AOKI Hideaki, ARAKI Kyoko, IWATA Sohei, UENO Takashi, KAJIOKA Momoe, NOUJIMA Hamae, BANDO Reiko, HIROSE Takahiro, MARUYAMA Tsutomu, YOSHIDA Yukihiro, YONEDA Minori*
Our 11 artists hail from two regions (Tokyo, Kyoto) and three Nihonga associations that have shaped Nihonga history—the Inten (Nihon Bijutsuin, Japan Art Institute), Nitten (The Japan Fine Arts Exhibition), and Soga-kai (Association of Japanese Painting). As artists of different regions and groups, we will transcend the boundaries among us to create one exhibition venue. The “Association for Study of the Japanese-style Paintings” will present “creations, here and now” poised in the interval between past and future, and embodying a transition from past to future.