Past Exhibitions

  • November 25, 2020-February 23, 2021

Male Sculpture

Primarily from the Museum Collection

Ogiwara Morie, Priest Mongaku, 1908
Photography by Otani Ichiro

Here we present sculptures depicting the male figure created in Japan between the early years of the 20th century and the 1940s, thematically divided into three areas. In the wide space to your right are a group of strapping, muscular “strong men.” Beyond these are mainly portrait sculptures of what can aptly be described as “intelligent men.” In the final room are sculptures of primarily elderly “weak men.” Each area also features paintings that portray men in a similar light.

In terms of individual works, when there was a plaster version in the collection, we intentionally selected this for exhibition. White plaster comes to appear dirty and discolored, though this can be concealed if it is painted, but because artists produced them by making molds directly from clay, the details of modeling are more faithfully reproduced than in bronzes smoothened by die-cutting.

It is said that no art is unrelated to the value systems of the era and society from which it emerged, and this applies to the theme of “masculinity” as well. Working in the context of current cultural values, these sculptors popularized the Western tradition of nude sculpture in Japan, while at the same time sometimes being confined by it. Please enjoy each of these charming and intriguing works with this background in mind.


Male Sculpture List

Gallery 4 (2nd floor)
November 25, 2020-February 23, 2021
10:00-17:00 *Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.
Closed on Mondays (except January 11, 2021), December 28, 2020-January 1, 2021 and January 12, 2021
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College and university students ¥250 (200)
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Adults ¥300
College and university students ¥150
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CLOSED today

February 25, 2021 (Thu)