The 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Period:
   Making and Designing Meiji Arts and Crafts

Kouno Bairei, The Battle between two groups of frogs, in the spring and the autumn, c. 1894,  The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto Kouno, Bairei
The Battle between two groups of frogs,
in the spring and the autumn

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Kawamoto, Msukichi I, Flower Vase, 1881, Setokura Museum Kawamoto, Masukichi I, Flower Vase
1881, Setokura Museum

The start of the Meiji Restoration in 1868 was accompanied by government-led efforts to promote new industries and exports, and an increased interest in Japanese art abroad. By producing documents such as the Onchi zuroku (Catalogue of Design Patterns), Japan made a national effort to provide guidance on the design of crafts. Locally, this led to the establishment of the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting, which provided practical training, and the involvement of numerous Nihon-ga (Japanese-style) painters ensured that the study of design evolved to meet the needs of the era. Along with examples of Meiji crafts, this exhibition assembles a collection of pieces by Nihon-ga painters, who made and designed crafts, to shed light on the works of art that emerged as Japanese society was entering the modern age.

Exhibition dates

Tue., March 20–Sun., May 20, 2018


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


Exception: Mon. April 30


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Kyoto Shimbun


  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 March 19, 2018

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