[Exhibition / Tokyo] The Demon Painter and the Demon Collector: Kawanabe Kyōsai and Matsuura Takeshirō

Seikado Bunko Art Museum
April 13 – June 9, 2024

The painter Kawanabe Kyōsai and Matsuura Takeshirō, the explorer, antiquarian, and writer who gave Hokkaido its modern name, were two multi-talented figures active in the closing years of the feudal era. This exhibition unites Kyōsai’s famous “Nirvana Painting of Matsuura Takeshirō” with the cultural treasures depicted in the painting, to consider these two men’s passion for ancient times.


Among the exhibited items from the collection of Matsuura Takeshirō is a colored wooden netsuke attributed to Yoshimura Shūzan. (I’m grateful to Mr. Watanabe Masanori, a past president of the Japan Netsuke Society, who gave me the information on this netsuke and the exhibition as a whole!)

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Seikado Bunko Art Museum

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