• Exhibition Overview
SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART

“We are all born to play.” This famous line is from the Ryojin Hisho, a late twelfth-century collection of popular songs. In that spirit, this exhibition focuses on play, amusements, merrymaking as a theme in art. Games like sugoroku, a board game related to backgammon, or karuta, playing card games, dance, even fashion: men and women always become enthusiastically absorbed in enjoying all sorts of amusements. But their content changes over time. In this exhibition, famous seventeenth-century paintings and prints on the subject of recreation guide us to a deeper understanding of play in human life. Our fore-bearers made merry, sometimes artlessly, sometimes languorously. Let us imagine what merrymaking meant for them and what their secrets were for enjoying life in the floating world.

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The 50th anniversary of the Suntory Foundation for the Arts
Styles of Play: The History of Merrymaking in Art

June 26 to August 18, 2019

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

Period

June 26 to August 18, 2019

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

Hours

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

*Open until 20:00 on July 14 and August 11
*Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Closed

Tuesdays

*Open until 18:00 on August 13
*shop×cafe will be open daily during a period of an exhibition.

Admission
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 April 27 to June 2.

Discount

◇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, The Asahi Shimbun Company

Sponsored by

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