Special Exhibition The Genius of Ike no Taiga: Carefree Traveler Legendary Painter

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Special Exhibition
The Genius of Ike no Taiga: Carefree Traveler Legendary Painter
Apr 7, 2018 (tue) – May 20, 2018 (sun) 
9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 5:30 p.m.)
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Entrance Until 7:30 p.m.)

*Closed Mondays, but open Mon. April 30 and closed Tue. May 1.

Adult 1,500 yen (1,300 yen)
Univ. Student 1,200 yen (1,000 yen)
High School Student 900 yen (700 yen)
Admission is free under middle school students.
*(Fees in parentheses for groups of twenty or more)



Kyoto National Museum
Access: 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, 605-0931, Japan 
Tel: 075-541-1151
Hours: 9:30 ~ 17:00/Tuesday ~ Thursday and Weekend
9:30 ~ 20:00/Friday(entry up to 30 minutes before closing.)
Closed: Monday(Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday)


Eighteenth century Kyoto produced some of the most distinctive and original painters in Japanese history, including big names such as Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795) and Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800). But even amongst this star-filled lineup, the artist Ike no Taiga (1723–1776), stands with fellow painter Yosa Buson (1716–1783) as the leader of the Chinese-influenced literati style of painting known as Nanga (“Southern painting”). Taiga’s works are done in a brisk, unfettered style said to exemplify the artist’s generous, humble character and indifference to fame and fortune.
This major exhibition covers Ike no Taiga’s long career from his earliest trials through his mature works, giving a comprehensive picture of his lifelong career as an artist. In addition to these paintings, the exhibition will introduce materials showing Taiga’s broad social interactions, and revealing the delightful, freewheeling personality that was Ike no Taiga. One more feature of this exhibition is the focus on Taiga’s extensive travels throughout Japan as an itinerant painter and the influence of these wanderings on his artistic output.

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