Past Exhibitions

Kaburaki Kiyokata: A Retrospective

From left: Kaburaki Kiyokata Hama-cho Gashi Zone, 1930, Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town, 1927, Shintomi-cho Town, 1930 ©Nemoto Akio

Our museum has acquired one of the masterpieces by Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878–1972), Tsukiji Akashi-cho Town (1927) that had been missing for many years, along with Shintomi-cho Town and Hama-cho Gashi Zone (both 1930), a trilogy rediscovered in 2018. This is a major retrospective of the painter that presents 109 Japanese-style paintings including the trilogy.

Staying mindful of his early career as an ukiyo-e-style illustrator, Kaburaki always borrowed motifs for his works from the life of the common people, literature, and public entertainment until his last years. Paying attention to the “unchangingness” of his interest, this exhibition presents his works in parallel arrangement under several themes. As people’s life and sentiments underwent radical changes after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II, the painter never changed his scope of interest. Kaburaki’s beliefs and works will have deep resonance with people now living in Japan who have experienced earthquakes and are suffering from the COVID-19 pandemic.

*Some works will be replaced during the exhibition period. Please refer to the List of Works.


Hours & Admissions

Special Exhibition Gallery (1st floor)
March 18–May 8, 2022
9:30 AM–5:00 PM ( Fridays and Saturdays open until 8:00PM)
Extended Opening Hours: 9:30 AM-8:00PM during April 29–May 8
*Last admission : 30 minutes before closing.
*MOMAT Collection and New Acquisition & Special Display | Pierre Bonnard, "Landscape in Provence." opens at 10:00 AM.
Mondays except March 21, 28, and May 2; and March 22
Same-day tickets can be purchased at the ticket counters, while online tickets with a designated date and time can be purchased on e-tix .
* Special tickets are available from March 1 until March 17.
Adults ¥1,800 (¥1,600)
College/University students ¥1,200 (¥1,000)
High School students ¥700 (¥500)
*Admission in the parentheses is for groups of 20 persons or more.
*All prices include tax.
*Admission is free for Junior High School students, under 15, and those with Disability Certificates and one caregiver accompanying each of them. Please present ID at the entrance.
*Including the admission fee for MOMAT Collection and New Acquisition & Special Display | Pierre Bonnard, "Landscape in Provence."
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Exhibition Catalogue

Kaburaki Kiyokata: A Retrospective Catalogue

2,800yen (tax incl.)
290x225mm / 312 pages
Language: Japanese and partly English


Chapter 1: At Ajisai-no-ya in Kobiki-cho, the Shitamachi Area of Tokyo (The Meiji Era)
Chapter 2: At Hongotatsuoka-cho, Tokyo and Yushin-an in Kanazawa, Yokohama (The Taisho Era)
Chapter 3: At Yarai-tei in Ushigomeyarai-cho, Tokyo (The Prewar Showa Era)
Chapter 4: At Kiyokata’s Final Abode in Kamakura (The Showa Era after World War II)

List of Exhibits
Kaburaki Kiyokata—An Artist Who Portrayed Daily Living, Tsurumi Kaori

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June 25, 2022 (Sat)

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