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Art in Autumn: Tokyo's Best Art Exhibitions in October

Art in Autumn: Tokyo's Best Art Exhibitions in October

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The beautiful October with its clear skies and mild temperatures has an astonishing amount of grand masters of art to offer. From the Spanish genius Salvador Dalí and Claude Monet, the icon of Impressionism, to Japanese luminaries such as ukiyo-e master Kuniyoshi Utagawa. With a lineup like this, art lovers won't be disappointed!

Kuniyoshi Heroes!! Heroes from Tales of the Water Margin

Kuniyoshi Heroes!! Heroes from Tales of the Water Margin
“One Hundred and Eight Heroes from Tales of the Water Margin: Kosanryō Ichijosei” (Private Collection / Exhibited in the 1st Term)

One of the many reasons why Kuniyoshi's Utagawa's woodblock prints are as popular now as they were in the past is the humoristic and unique approach of his art. This is especially evident in his depictions of monsters and heroes in a series called "Heroes of Our Country's Suikoden." These depictions feature warriors, samurai, and military generals and this exhibition features almost the entire series.
Additionally, items targeted towards children, such as sugoroku games and parodies of masterworks are on display as well, along with ukiyo-e of beautiful women drawn just like the heroes of the water margin, as well as herioc characters.

< September 3rd (Sat) to October 30th >
First half: September 3rd (Sat) to September 27th (Tue)
Seond half: October 1st (Sat) to October 30th (Sun)
Entry: 1,000 yen
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Holidays: Mondays (open on 9.19, 10.10) , 9.20, 10.11, 9.28 - 9.30

The Dalí Exhibition

The Dalí Exhibition

Salvador Dalí, the Spanish genius. Since his debut in the world of art in Paris in the year 1929, he has not only become the representative painter of surrealism but also a pioneer of contemporary art with a large following even today. This retrospective exhibition of about ten years in Japan encompasses works from three major collections. Works from the Gala - Salvador Dalí Foundation in Spain, the Salvador Dalí Museum in the United States, as well as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Spain are brought together to create an exhibition of the artist's biggest masterpieces. Besides oil paintings, visitors get to see drawings, objets d'art, books, movies and jewelery - everything Dalí-themed, of course. All in all, around 200 different items are brought together for this unique Japanese Dalí Exhibition.

< September 14th (Wed) - December 12th (Mon) >
Entry: 1,600 yen
Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays; until 10:00 p.m. on 10.21 and 10.22
Holidays: Tuesdays

Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibition

Detroit Institute of Arts Exhibition

Ever since its founding in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts has had collections masterpieces from all over the world. With 65,000 different pieces from antiquity to modernity, it's the biggest art collection in the United States. This particular exhibition focuses on 52 masterpieces of modern art. Claude Monet's "Gladiolus" represents the Impressionists while works that have never been exhibited outside of American museums include Vincent van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, Summer 1887" and Henri Matisse's "The Window". Another highlight is Pablo Picasso's "Girl Reading" that has never been exhibited in Japan ever before - modern art lovers are in for a real treat!

< October 7th (Fri) to January 21st (Sat), 2017 >
Entry: 1,600 yen
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays)
Holidays: October 21st (Fri)

  • The Ueno Royal Museum
    • Address 1-2, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-0007
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      3 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-3833-4191

The Art of Zen - From Mind to Form

The Art of Zen - From Mind to Form
Catching a Catfish with a Gourd By Taiko Josetsu; Inscriptions by Daigaku Shusu and thirty other monks/ Muromachi period, 15th century/ Taizo-in Temple, Kyoto

This beautiful exhibition commemorates two things at once: Linji Yixuan, the forefather of the Rinzai and Obaku Zen schools, who died 1150 years ago, as well as the 250th memorial of the Zen priest who brought the Rinzai school back to life: Hakuin Ekaku. From the about 240 pieces on display, 22 are designated national treasures and 102 exhibits are important cultural properties. As such, this Zen-themed exhibition is the biggest of its kind. Portraits of high priests, sculptures, calligraphy, paintings, and ritual objects - all of this has been brought together into one massive exhibition in cooperation with all the head and affilliated temples of the fifteen branches of Rinzai and Obaku Zen all throughout Japan. This unique and amazing collection illustrrates the way in which Zen Buddhism shaped much of Japanese traditional culture - why not follow the footprints of Zen for yourself?

< October 18th (Tue) to November 27th (Sun) >
Entry: 1,600 yen
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; until 8:00 p.m. on Fridays, 10.22 (Sat), 11.3 (Thu, holiday), 11.5 (Sat)
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
Holidays: Mondays

  • Tokyo National Museum
    • Address 13-9, Uenokouen, Taitou-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712
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    • Nearest Station Ueno Station (Hokkaido Shinkansen Line / Tohoku Shinkansen Line / Akita Shinkansen Line / Yamagata Shinkansen Line / Joetsu Shinkansen Line / Hokuriku Shinkansen Line / JR Keihin-Tohoku Line / JR Yamanote Line / JR Tohoku Main Line / JR Utsunomiya Line / JR Takasaki Line / JR Joban Line / Tokyo Metro Ginza Line / Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
      10 minutes on foot
    • Phone Number 03-5405-8686
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.

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