KAZAN - A Superb Imagination at Work
In a nutshell
With over 100 pieces, many from outside Japan, this collection of work by Yokoyama Kazan is an unparalleled opportunity to see a survey of the work of a master. Kazan’s ability to adapt his style to fit the subject matter and his use of perspective make this exhibition especially interesting for the viewer. A 30 meter long scroll with beautifully intricate paintings of the Gion (Kyoto) festival in its entirety is so rare and detailed that scholars use Kazan’s work as an historical reference. Humorous depictions of people, landscapes, birds and flowers and daily life are rendered in sketches, ink drawings, and paintings on scrolls and screens.
The Tokyo Station Gallery is located near the Marunouchi North Exit in Tokyo Station. The gallery entrance is on the first floor with the exhibition space on the second and third floors.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The introduction, chapter information and title cards are in English while the extended captions are in Japanese only. The gallery has an audio guide for download that you can read or listen to (in a slightly mechanical voice). Some entries are a repeat of the chapter wall text but most is supplemental information about the works. The list of works is available in English upon request.
Photos are not allowed.
The ink drawings and paintings are gorgeous to see in person. Seeing the incredible scrolls of the Kyoto festivals alone is worth the price of admission.
Anyone interested in Japanese art.
How far out?
Centrally located right in Tokyo Station.
How much time?
About an hour.
How much money?
¥1,100 for general admission.
November 11, 2018
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Definitely worth a special trip.