Upcoming Exhibitions

  • March 23 - May 16, 2021

Ayashii : Decadent and Grotesque Images of Beauty in Modern Japanese Art

Kainosho Tadaoto, Yokogushi (A Comb in the Side Hair), c. 1916, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

Japan in the Meiji period (1868–1912) received Western knowledge and technology in every field. Inspired by the Western counterpart, Japanese art also adapted itself to the new era.
Many works produced under the circumstances contain expressions other than “simple beauty,” such as decadence, sensuousness, grotesqueness, and eroticism. Stirring controversy in the art world, this tendency reached the populace through art and illustrations for literature as the reflections of people’s desire and anxiety in a turbulent age. illustrations for literature
This exhibition illustrates the trend with paintings, prints, and illustrations from magazines and books produced in the period from the mid-19th century until around 1930.




Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)
March 23–May 16, 2021
10:00-17:00 ( Fridays and Saturdays open until 20:00 )
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.
Mondays (except March 29 and May 3) and May 6
Admission fee will be updated in the future.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd.
Nikkei Inc.
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd

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