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The 150th Anniversary of his Birth: Yokoyama Taikan

The 150th Anniversary of his Birth: Yokoyama Taikan

In a nutshell
This exhibition celebrates the works of nihonga master Yokoyama Taikan. The screens, scrolls, and paintings are a wonderful complement to the Yamatane Museum of Art’s exhibition earlier this year, with a wider variety of works to see. The incredible, 130-foot Metempsychosis alone is worth the price of admission. 

The venue
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo’s exhibition space is on the first floor, with works from the museum’s permanent collection on the 2nd-4th floors. The ticket price includes the permanent collection and the Crafts Gallery down the street.

Insider tip
Only 20 of the 92 total works are on display for the duration of the exhibition. Many will be switched out after May 6 and a new group will be on display from May 8 on.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
There is a free app for download using the museum’s WiFi. The information is available as text or as an audio guide (the voice is pleasant). Most of the exhibition text in the first part is in English (the first large room) but the second part has almost none. 

No photos allowed in the exhibition. 

The feels
From the graphic Mount Fuji used in the exhibition’s advertisement to the gorgeous ink on silk scrolls, this is a great opportunity to see the works of a master of modern Japanese art. 

Anyone who loves or who would like to learn more about more modern Japanese art. 

How far out?
A five minute walk from the Takebashi metro station. The Crafts Gallery is a good ten minute walk from the main museum.

How much time? 
About an hour, much more time if you see the permanent collection and go to the Crafts Gallery.

How much money?
¥1,500 for general admission.

Until when?
May 27, 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 visit if you have free time or are in the area.


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