The Age of Okamoto Shinso

OKAMOTO  Shinso, Study of Three Maiko Playing Ken, 1920 OKAMOTO Shinso,
Study of Three Maiko Playing Ken, 1920
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

After having his graduation work from the Kyoto City Specialist School of Painting shown in the 1st Kokuga Sosaku Kyokai Exhibition (an event known for its careful selection process), Okamoto Shinso (1894-1933) was highly acclaimed for his reimagining of the traditional bijin-ga (pictures of beautiful women). In the late 1920s, Okamoto switched from an early emphasis on overt eroticism to a more subtle approach, but died prematurely at the age of 38. This exhibition, the first full-scale retrospective of the artist's work, traces Okamoto's career through approximately 100 works, including as many of his paintings (of which there are very few) as possible, drawings, rough sketches, and documents. The exhibition will also include works by rival artists of the period such as Kainosho Tadaoto, providing viewers with an overview of Okamoto's own output as well as a historical framework and a sense of his idiosyncratic approach.

List of Works

The Age of Okamoto Shinso (PDF)

Exhibition dates

November 1 (Wed.) – December 10 (Sun), 2017


Regular hours:
9:30AM–5:00PM (admission until 4:30PM)
Every Friday and Saturday:
9:30AM–8:00PM (admission until 7:30PM)




The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto


  Day of admission Advance Group
(20 or more)
After 5PM on
Fri. and Sat. nights
Adult 1,000 800 800 800
University students 500 400 400 400

* High school students or younger are 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 are available until October 31, 2017

Publicity materials

flyer (2.8MB)

The Age of Okamoto Shinso

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