• Exhibition Overview

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


February 6 to March 31, 2019

*There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition


10:00-18:00 *Friday and Saturday 10:00-20:00

*Open until 20:00 on February 10 and March 20
*Last admission: 30 minutes before closing



*Open until 18:00 on March 26
*shop×cafe will be open daily during a period of an exhibition.

Adult General ¥1,300 Advance ¥1,100
College and High School Student General ¥1,000 Advance ¥800

Elementary, junior high school students and under are free.
*With a certificate of disability, the admission fee of a disabled person and a care-giver will be waived.
*Advance tickets will be available at the museum reception desk during opening hours from November 28 to January 20, 2019.


◇100 Yen Discount
•For presenting a coupon downloaded from our website
•For displaying a coupon on your smartphone
•For presenting a ticket to a thematic exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, or Mori Art Museum
•For parties of 20 or more

*Only one discount per person

Audio Guide

¥550 (English Available)

Organized by

Suntory Museum of Art, Kawanabe Kyosai Memorial Museum, The Asahi Shimbun Company

Sponsored by

Mitsui Fudosan Co.,Ltd, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co.,Ltd, Suntory Holdings Limited

With the cooperation of

Japan Airlines Co.,Ltd.