TAKAHASHI Yuichi Salmon
   Salmon c. 1877
Tokyo University of the Arts
  This exhibition introduces Japan's representative western-style painter in the Meiji Period, TAKAHASHI Yuichi, who is best known for his Salmon and Courtesan paintings (both Important Cultural Property).
Yuichi became known as a painter, after he cut his Chonmage (samurai topknot) and assumed the name "Yuichi" after the Meiji Restoration. By the time, Yuichi was already past the age of 40. Not simply taking up painting because he liked pictures, Yuichi felt a strong sense of personal responsibility, believing that it was his mission to make western-style painting wide spread in Japan. He opened a painting school, organized exhibitions and displayed his new works. He published art magazines, and even envisioned the creation of a unique museum. He appealed to the world around him, desperately attempting to convey his belief that western-style painting was essential for Japan. Although Yuichi did not study abroad, the oil paintings he made without knowing the real western-style draw a line between paintings created by people who'd learnt it in abroad, such as KURODA Seiki, and his own "Japanese style oil painting."
  This exhibition will introduce Yuichi's works from early to the end including the most notable works. Showing works of UTAGAWA Hiroshige and SHIBA Kokan that became his image sources, and documents called "Yuichi's Historical Record," we will investigates attraction of "Pioneer of Modern Yoga," TAKAHASHI Yuichi.

Exhibition dates
Friday, September 7– Sunday, October 21, 2012
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on September 17 (Mon./Holiday), October 8 (Mon./Holiday)
            and closed on September 18 (Tue.), October 9 (Tue.)

Schedule of Replacement
1st: September 7 (Fri.) - September 30 (Sun.)
2nd: October 2 (Tue.) - October 21 (Sun.)
*Some exhibits in the Section 1 will be exceptionally replaced
 on September 24 (Mon.).

9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Yomiuri Shimbun
NHK Kyoto Station
NHK PlanNet, Inc., Kinki Branch Office

Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.

Special Cooperation
Kotohira Shrine

Conservation Course Oil Painting Laboratory, Graduate Department of
Conservation Graduate School of Fine Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

  Day of admission Advance Group (20 or more)
Adult 1,300 1,100 1,000
University students 900 700 600
High school students 500 300 200
Junior high school students
and younger
Free Free Free

*Collection gallery is available with this ticket.
* Visitors with disability and one person accompanying them are
 admitted free of charge.(Please present certificate at the admission.)
*Advance tickets:
 Ticket Pia (P-code: 765-258)
 Lawson   (L-code:51472)
 Other major ticket vendors and convenience stores
 *Advance tickets are available for a limited period only. (7/6 - 9/6)


Related events
Lecture: "Why Did Yuichi Paint Salmon and Tofu"
Date & Time: September 8 (Sat.), 2012 2:00-3:30PM
(numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F Lecture hall
Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Ryo FURUTA
(Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, University Art Museum)
in Japanese only

Lecture: "Yuichi's Landscapes"
Date & Time: September 22 (Sat.), 2012 2:00-3:30PM
(numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM-)
Place: 1F Lecture hall
Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
Lecturer: Tsukasa KUMADA (Director, The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama)
in Japanese only

Workshop: Untitled
Date & Time: September 29 (Sat.) or October 13 (Sat.)
Maximum capacity 10, reservation required

Publicity materials

Flyer  PDF(2.6MB)


Other museums
The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
                        2012/4/28 (Sat.) – 6/24 (Sun.)
Yamagata Museum of Art
                        2012/7/20 (Fri.) – 8/26 (Sun.)
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