Special Exhibitions

What do you see when you look at pictures?

Exhibition period June 29 - August 25, 2019

Our summer season exhibition offers you new approaches to the collection. At the first gallery, visitors will see many faces looking back at them. Self-portraits of artists tell why they paint themselves, how they look, and how they want to been seen. One of earliest self-portraits of Fujita, discovered last year, will be on show for the first time together with his most famous self-portrait from 1929 (collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo). Faces will be followed by storytelling. John Sloan and his student Shimizu Toshi are the heroes here. They depict scenes of downtown New York in the first quarter of the 20th century. You will find the most interesting stories in the dark night in Chinatown. Far away from New York, Tochigi Prefecture is place of natural beauty. The next section introduces stories of artists and places. In the early spring of 1946, half a year after Japan’s loss of the war, Tsuruta Goro stayed in Tochigi. Even with his sorrow and regret, his paintings of the Nikko Mountains make us feel at peace. In the last section, we show contemporary works. You will see dynamic brush works, some painted not with a brush, but with the artist’s own foot! You will be astonished by the energetic strokes of these painters.

Hours : 9:30 - 17:00 ( last admission 16:30 )
Closed : on Mondays (except July 15, August 12), July 16, August 13
Admission fee : Adults: 800 (700) yen
University & high school students: 500 (400) yen
Children under 15 (except high school students): Free
*You are admitted to the collection galleries with your special exhibition ticket.
* ( ) indicate group prices (20 people or more)
Organized by : Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
Special sponsorship : Tochigi Association of Corporate Executives
Supported by : Asahi Shimbun Utsunomiya Bureau; Utsunomiya Broadcasting Station, NHK; F. M. Tochigi Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; The Sankei Shimbun Utsunomiya Bureau; Shimotsuke Shimbun; The Tokyo Shimbun Utsunomiya Bureau; Tochigi Television; Company Radio Tochigi (CRT); Nikkei Inc. Utsunomiya Bureau; The Mainichi Newspapers Utsunomiya Branch Office; The Yomiuri Shimbun Utsunomiya Bureau
Alexandre Cabanel
Diana Hunting
1882
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
AOKI, Shigeru
Study for The Palace under the Sea
1907
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
John Sloan
Fifth Avenue Critic
1905
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
SHIMIZU, Toshi
China Town at Night, New York
1922
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
John Constable
Summer Morning from English Landscape
1833
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
TSURUTA, Goro
Nikko Mountains in Early Spring
1946
Collection of Mr. MATSUO, Yosaku (Deposited to Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts)
SEKIYA, Fuki
Untitled
c.1950’s
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts
KOBAYASHI, Takanobu
HOUSE
1996
Tochigi Prefectural Museum of Fine Arts

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