Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to
   the Modern Era

In 18th-century Kyoto, Maruyama Ōkyo carved out a new genre of realistic painting based on sketching from life. Maruyama's minutely depicted works enjoyed tremendous popularity, leading to the formation of the Maruyama school. Meanwhile, Goshun, who had studied both with Yosa Buson and Maruyama after the former's death, founded the Shijo school by infusing Maruyama's realism with Buson's elegant charm. Maruyama and Goshun in turn inspired the Maruyama-Shijo school, which produced a succession of artists including Shiokawa Bunrin, Mori Kansai, and Kōno Bairei followed by leading figures in the modern Kyoto art world such as Takeuchi Seihō, Yamamoto Shunkyo, and Uemura Shōen. In this exhibition, we trace this artistic lineage, which stretches from Maruyama and Goshun to the modern era, while presenting a full picture of the Maruyama-Shijo school and providing insight into various aspects of the Kyoto art world.

Maruyama Okyo, Guo Ziyi and Children, 1788, Daijo-ji Temple, Hyogo, Importan Cultural Property Maruyama Ōkyo, Guo Ziyi and Children, (4 sliding door panels from a set of 8 sliding door panels), 1788, Daijo-ji Temple, Hyogo, Importan Cultural Property, [on view: entire run]

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Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era

Exhibition dates

November 2 (Sat.) – December 15 (Sun), 2019
First Period :       November 2–November 24
Second Period :  November 26–December 15


Regular hours: 9:30AM–5:00PM
*Fridays and Saturdays: 9:30AM–8:00PM
(Admission until 30 min. before closing)


Mondays, November 5
Exception: November 4


The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
The Asahi Shimbun
The Kyoto Shimbun
NHK Kyoto Station


West Japan Railway Company


  Day of admission Advance Group
(20 or more)
Adult 1,500 1,300 1,300
University students 1,100 900 900
High school students 600 400 400

* Junior 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 September 2 to November 1.

Related event of Japan Cultural Expo

A Virtual-reality Environment and
Nihonga Painting Workshop

In conjunction with the exhibition, we are pleased to present a virtual-reality environmental, which recreates the fusuma (sliding door) paintings at Daijo-ji Temple, and a Nihonga painting workshop.
For more information, A Virtual-reality Environment and Nihonga Painting Workshop(PDF)

Publicity materials

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Legendary Kyoto Painting from Maruyama Okyo to the Modern Era

The Other Venue

The University Art Museum, Tokyo University of the Arts
August 3 – September 29, 2019

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