Kawanabe Kyosai, the “demon of painting,” was an artistic genius active in a great variety of fields. For many years, assessments of his oeuvre focused on his caricatures and his paintings of ghosts, demons, and other fey creatures. Recent research, however, has been revealing how, based on the brushwork techniques he carried on from the Surugadai branch of the Kano school and his highly individual sensibility, Kyosai expanded his range of activities. This exhibition will explore Kyosai’s achievements as he opened up his own path in the chaotic years at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and launch of the Meiji Restoration. In doing so, it will also highlight Kyosai’s artistic activities, particularly his engagement in ardent conversations with his predecessors’ works.
Kawanabe Kyosai: Nothing Escaped His Brush
February 6 to March 31, 2019
*There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition