400th Anniversary of the Rinpa School: The "RINPA" Image

 400th Anniversary of the Rinpa School 400th Anniversary of the Rinpa School
KAMISAKA Sekka, Folding Screens with Irises,
   Late Taisho Period to early Showa Period,
   Private Collection

 The Rinpa school was represented by artists such as Tawaraya Sotatsu, Ogata Korin and Kenzan, Sakai Hoitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu during the Edo period. Yet "Rinpa" is somewhat of a misnomer in that the style was not passed on through an organization or through teacher-student relationships. It comprised independent artists, each of whom admired the work of his predecessors and reverently followed their styles, eventually developing the school as a whole. The fact that there is a 100-year disparity between Sotatsu and Korin attests to this unique form of development.
 Even though many other schools of art have not been able to survive to this day, the Rinpa school has continued to thrive in a variety of fields. This is precisely because throughout its history the Rinpa school has always been favored as a fresh, liberated and attractive style.
 This year marks the 400th anniversary of the establishment of an artistic village in Takagamine, Kyoto by Hon'ami Koetsu (1558-1637) in 1615. Koetsu, who is considered as having started the Rinpa school, received the land from Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate Government, specifically for this purpose. Celebrating such a memorable year, this exhibition introduces the extensive influence of the Rinpa school in modern-contemporary art, by featuring approximately. 80 works by artists influenced by the Rinpa school in fields such as paintings, crafts, woodblock prints, fashion and graphics, all of which have been classified into 3 categories.
 The exhibition features masterpieces of modern-contemporary art, including both works easily recognized as being of the Rinpa school and works which merely offer hints of having been influenced by the Rinpa style. It will be an unparalleled opportunity to deepen one's understanding of the Rinpa school which was born in Kyoto and has continued to spread its radiance throughout the world.

List of Works
The "RINPA" Image

Exhibition dates
October 9 (Fri.) - November 23 (Mon.), 2015
Closed on Mondays
Exception: Open on October 12 (Mon.), November 23 (Mon.), closed on October 13 (Tue.)

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

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co., Ltd.
Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
West Japan Railway Company

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

*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 are available for a limited period only. (2015/8/1 - 10/8)

Related events
   Lecture: "Abstract Expression and Reality"
   Uemura Atsushi (Person of Cultural Merit,
      Member of the Japan Art Academy, Nihonga Artist)
   Date & Time: October 31 (Sat.) 2:00PM-3:30PM
   (numbered tickets distributed 11:00AM at the information desk.)
   Place: 1F Lecture hall
   Fee: Free Admission, maximum capacity 100
   in Japanese only

Publicity materials
flyer PDF(1.4MB)


Top of this page