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Realism of Life: Masterpieces of Nihonga

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About the Exhibition

“Nihonga (Japanese-style painting)” has evolved together with the modernization of Japan. We have heretofore featured distinctive nihonga artists including KATAOKA Tamako, whose first solo exhibition was held at our museum, from viewpoints of our own. Presented here are approximately 60 masterworks by innovators of Japanese-style painting such as YASUDA Yukihiko, YAMAGUCHI Hoshun, FUKUDA Toyoshiro, UEMURA Shoko, SHOJI Fuku, ASAKURA Setsu and UCHIDA Aguri, through which the locus of their quest for materials and themes are explored together with the diversity and profundity of their expressions.


HAYAMA, Galleries 2 - 4
October 10, 2020 – December 20, 2020
[First Term] October 10 – November 15
[Second Term] November 17 – December 20
Mondays (except for November 23)
Opening hours
9:30‒17:00 (Last admission at 16:30)
Adults: 1200 yen
Under 20 or Students: 1050 yen
65 and over: 600 yen
High School Students: 100 yen
Junior High School Students and under 16: Free
* Tickets of the exhibition "Realism of Life: Masterpieces of Nihonga" also entitle to entry "Museum Collection" on the day of purchase. * A person with disabilities and one accompanying caretaker are admitted free of charge upon presenting Disabled Person's Handbook or an equivalent government-issued identification. * "Family Communication Day" offers a discount for all group (except those 65 or over) accompanying children under 18 on the first Sunday of every month. * For more infomation, see Concessions & Free Admission.
Organized by
The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama



  • MARUKI Suma
    Kanzashi, 1955
    Maruki Gallery For The Hiroshima Panels

  • OMODA Seiju
    Treading Barley Plants, 1919
    The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama
    [On display: November 17 – December 20, 2020]

  • OTAKE Chikuha
    The Moisture of the Moon, the Heat of the Sun, the Chill of the Stars, 1920
    The Miyagi Museum of Art

  • KAWABATA Ryushi
    Self-Portrait―Walking Across Dewy Grass, 1920
    Yokosuka Museum of Art

  • ASAKURA Setsu
    Joy, 1943
    Museum collection

  • HORI Fumiko
    Ruin, 1948
    Akita Museum of Modern Art
    [On display: October 10 – November 15, 2020]

  • FUKUDA Toyoshiro
    The Sea and Mountains, 1961
    Museum collection

  • SHOJI Fuku
    Cherry Tree, 1981
    Museum collection

  • UCHIDA Aguri
    Inselberg―Drifting, 2019
    Private collection
    Photo: Yamamoto Tadasu

  • KATAOKA Tamako
    Fantasy, 1961
    Museum collection