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Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (KPMA)

Current Exhibitions

Art Exhibition for Families: The Ninomaru Zoo & Botanical Garden

二の丸ポスター

■Saturday, July 18 to Tuesday, September 22 (national holiday)

■This exhibition introduces the plants and animals that adorned the daily lives of the lords and ladies of the Hosokawa family, from the brave-looking rabbits featured on lords’ armor to the rustic plants that decorated eating utensils and the cute, fluffy little animals in paintings!
This summer, make a trip to the Ninomaru Zoo and Botanical Garden!




Upcoming Exhibitions

Famous Treasures of the Hosokawa Family across History: Limited-Time Unveiling of the National Treasure, the “Hosokawa Mirror”
細川ミラー
Mirror
4th-3th century BC
Collection of Eisei Bunko
■Friday, September 18 to Sunday, November 8
■The Eisei Bunko Museum is located in a corner of Tokyo's Mejirodai neighborhood, a quiet section of Bunkyo City. It was established by Hosokawa Moritatsu, the sixteenth head of the Hosokawa family, in order to preserve and study various artworks, crafts, and historical documents that have been handed down through the Hosokawa family, the former feudal rulers of Kumamoto. It houses approximately 94,000 precious cultural assets, including numerous national treasures and important cultural properties. The collection can be broadly divided into items from the family’s days as feudal rulers, which tend to be highly functional in nature, and works of fine art accumulated by Moritatsu in modern times.
This year, 2020, marks the seventieth anniversary of Eisei Bunko. To commemorate this milestone year, the national treasure known as the “Hosokawa Mirror,” which has not been on display for about a decade, will be unveiled for a limited time only. The magnificent exhibition includes not only the gorgeous furnishings of the nobility passed down by the Hosokawa family along with early-modern paintings by the commissioned artists who served them, but also Oriental artworks from Moritatsu’s collection that have been designated as national treasures and important cultural properties, modern Japanese paintings, and paintings by the renowned swordsman and philosopher Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645).  Don’t miss this chance to see the famous treasures of the Hosokawa family.


New Acquisitions
 from Collection of the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art
立ち話
Small Talk
Miyazaki Seiichi
1996
 Collection of the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art)
■Friday, September 18 to Sunday, November 8, 2020
■The Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art continues to add artworks into its collection by purchase or donation. This exhibition presents a selection of objects acquired in last year. Visitors can also enjoy masterpieces of Western painting that the Museum has collected over the course of many years.











Newly Discovered! Daily Tools of the Hosokawa Samurai Family
日々のお道具Confectionery Container in the Shape of a Turban Snail  Late Edo period (19th century)  Collection of Eisei Bunko (Entrusted to the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art)
■Saturday, October 3 to Sunday, December 13
■This exhibition presents a variety of tools with a focus on the furnishings that added touches of color to the lifestyles of the Hosokawa family, including the furnishings of noble ladies who moved to Kumamoto from Edo (Tokyo), cups and confectionery containers bestowed by the imperial family, and eating and drinking utensils inscribed with imperial signature marks. Come enjoy the colorful world of noble furnishings.






Famous Treasures Brought Back to Life – The Restored Hosokawa Collection
ルノワールYoung Girl in a Hat   Pierre-Auguste Renoir  (c. 1900)  Collection of the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art
■Saturday, November 14 to Sunday, December 13
■The Hosokawa Collection Development Fund  was established in March 2008 thanks to contributions by benefactors including companies in Kumamoto Prefecture. This exhibition introduces the results of its efforts by bringing together folding-screen paintings and other artworks that have successfully been restored. Works damaged in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes whose restoration is now complete are also on display.
We will also display Western and Modern Japanese Paintings.Enjoy fine works from the Museum’s modern Japanese and Western painting collections, including Renoir’s Young Girl in a Hat.




The Wise Ruler Hosokawa Shigekata and the Great Scholars of the Jishukan School
時習館Placard for the Jishukan School  Calligraphy by Akiyama Gyokuzan   1755  Collection of Eisei Bunko
■Saturday, January 9 to Sunday, March 21
■During the mid-Edo period (mid-eighteenth century), the sixth Hosokawa clan ruler of Kumamoto Domain, Shigekata, established the domain’s official school, the Jishukan School, inside the Ninomaru annex of Kumamoto Castle. Admission was open not only to the children of feudal retainers, but even to commoners of high academic standing. The school produced many scholars of merit until it closed in 1870. This exhibition features items connected to Shigekata, as well as calligraphy by prominent teachers and students of the Jishukan School.


Past Exhibitions

Edo-Period Animal Painting Extravaganza! The Monkey Painter Sosen and His Two Brothers, Along with the Chicken Painter Jakuchu and Frog Painter Hoji

猿描き狙仙三兄弟

■Saturday, July 18 to Sunday, September 6

■This exhibition introduces the works of the Edo-period painter Mori Sosen (1747?-1821), famous for his realistic paintings of monkeys, as well as those of his older brothers Yoshin and Shuho.
It also features other Edo-period painters in Kyoto and Osaka who specialized in paintings of particular animals, such as the chicken painter Jakuchu.


 

 

細川忠利と三宅(みやけ)藤兵衛(とうべえ)―肥後にやってきた、光秀の孫たち―

Hosokawa Tadatoshi and Miyake Tobei: Two

Grandsons of Akechi Mitsuhide in Kumamoto

■Hosokawa Tadatoshi, lord of Kumamoto Castle, and Miyake Tobei, a warrior of Karatsu Domain who died in an attack on Hondo Castle in Amakusa by rebel forces during the Shimabara-Amakusa Rebellion, were both in fact the grandsons of the samurai general Akechi Mitsuhide, famous for defeating the warlord Oda Nobunaga! Learn about these two figures connected to Mitsuhide who ended up in Kumamoto.

■Saturday, April 11 to Sunday, July 5

 

 

  

大集合!肥後のわざモン!やきモン!洋モン!

A Celebration of Kumamoto’s Swords, Ceramics & Western Paintings!

■This exhibition features swords, ceramics, and Western paintings selected from among the collection and entrusted works of the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art.
In addition to items crafted by skilled Kumamoto artisans, visitors can also enjoy masterpieces of Western painting that the Museum has collected over the course of many years.

■Friday, April 24 to Sunday, July 5


Modern Art in Nippon !

Modern Art in Japan ! 

Selected Masterpieces from the Woodone Museum of Art

■Approximately 80 Japanese Western-style paintings and Japanese-style paintings carefully selected from the Woodone Museum of Art, which boasts one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary paintings in Japan, will be shown in Kumamoto for the first time. Starting with Kishida Ryusei’s Portrait of Reiko with Woolen Knit Shawl and a large-scale mural by Léonard Tsuguharu Foujita, masterpieces by painters such as Yokoyama Taikan, Hishida Shunso, Takahashi Yuichi, Okada Saburosuke, and Aoki Shigeru all come together under one roof. Western paintings such as Vincent Van Gogh’s Peasant Woman will also be on special display!

■March 20 (Fri)~ May 10 (sun), 2020


 

茶道具

Tea Utensils of the Hosokawa Samurai Family

■Many members of the samurai class were devotees of the tea ceremony. Among these was Hosokawa Tadaoki, who restored the Hosokawa family to prominence during Japan’s early modern period (late sixteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries).

This exhibition presents tea utensils that belonged to the Hosokawa family of feudal rulers, along with

related documents and other materials.

■January 8(Wed)~March 22(Sun), 2020 

 

Isahime: A Noblewoman of the Hosokawa Family
勇姫
Who Lived through the Fall of the Shogunate and the Meiji Restoration

■Isahime (1834-87) of the Hosokawa family was married to Matsudaira Shungaku, the feudal lord of Fukui Domain.This exhibition consists of furnishings and garments that she used in Fukui, as well as documents recording details of her life. The materials paint a portrait of a noblewoman who witnessed turbulent times, including the fall of the Tokugawa shogunate (seventeenth through nineteenth centuries) and Japan’s radical transformation into a modern society.
■October 22(Tue)~December 15(Sun), 2019

 

 

熊本城と武の世界

Commemorative Exhibition for Exterior Restoration of the Main Castle Tower: Kumamoto Castle and the World of Samurai
■Built by the warlord Kato Kiyomasa during the Azuchi-Momoyama period (late sixteenth century through the beginning of the seventeenth century), Kumamoto Castle had a formidable reputation as an impregnable fortress.
This exhibition consists of materials giving insight into the castle’s history, along with swords and armor connected to its rulers, the Kato and Hosokawa clans. Together, they illustrate the role of castles, the state of military affairs, and the beauty of weaponry and arms during Japan’s early modern period (late sixteenth through mid-nineteenth centuries).
■October 26(Sat)~December 15(Sun), 2019 

 

 

Oceans of Eternity: The Photography of Nakamura Ikuo and Nakamura Takuya

Oceans of Eternity: The Photography of Nakamura Ikuo and Nakamura Takuya
■This exhibition introduces the photography of Nakamura Ikuo, who has been capturing the world’s oceans for approximately fifty years. Many stunning works are featured, such as a life-sized photograph of the first humpback whale mother and calf ever spotted off the shores of Kyushu. In addition, the exhibition also includes works by Ikuo’s son Takuya, who has spent twenty years photographing the ocean off the coast of Henoko in Okinawa.
■September 21(Sat)~October 27(Sun), 2019

 

 

今西

The World of Ukiyoe Masterpieces: Highlights of the Imanishi Collection
■Imanishi Kikumatsu was a renowned art collector who lived in Kumamoto during the Showa period (twentieth century). After his death, his incredible collection consisting mainly of original ukiyoe paintings was donated to the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art. This exhibition features some of the collection’s highlights.
■September 10(Tue)~October 20(Sun), 2019
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History and Art of the Hosokawa Samurai Family

History and Art of the Hosokawa Samurai Family
■While serving as feudal rulers of Kumamoto during the Edo period (seventeenth through nineteenth centuries), the Hosokawa family amassed armor and furnishings of the nobility, along with numerous paintings. This exhibition gives a comprehensive introduction to their cultural artifacts, with a special focus on paintings.
■July 23(Tue)~October 14(Mon),2019

 

 

 

Commemorative Exhibition for Designation as a Japan Heritage: The Kikuchi River over Two Millennia, and the Military Prowess and Devotion of the Kikuchi Clan

Commemorative Exhibition for Designation as a Japan Heritage: The Kikuchi River over Two Millennia, and the Military Prowess and Devotion of the Kikuchi Clan
■The Kikuchi River flows through the northern part of Kumamoto Prefecture.
Rice cultivation has flourished in its basin since ancient times, and the development of water transport brought with it various cultural artifacts. The Kikuchi family, a warrior clan that had its stronghold in the area, rose to prominence during the Heian period (794-1185), playing important roles in the defense against the Mongol invasions during the thirteenth century, as well as the conflict between the Northern and Southern Imperial Courts during the fourteenth century. This exhibition is the first ever to bring together cultural assets connected to the Kikuchi River.
■July 19(Fry)~September 1(Sun),2019

 

  1. Introduction
  2. About the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art Building
  3. Kumamoto Antique Art and Modern/Contemporary Crafts
  4. Japanese Modern and Contemporary Art
  5. Imanishi Collection
  6. The Hosokawa Collection Eiseibunko Gallery in Kumamoto
  7. Eisei Bunko Museum (Tokyo)
  8. Decorated Ancient Burial Mound Exhibition Room
  9. About the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art

 

1. Introduction

Located inside the precincts of Kumamoto Castle, a special historic site designated by the Japanese government, the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art (KPMA) opened in 1976 as a comprehensive museum for artwork from all eras around the world.The Museum stores and exhibits works ranging from antiquities, paintings, and prints to sculptures, crafts, and writing. There is also the Decorated Ancient Burial Mound Exhibition Room, a unique facility that showcases the prehistoric origins of Japanese art.
The Chibajo Branch Museum of the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art was opened in October 1992 as a place for personal, group, and organizational exhibitions.
The Hosokawa Collection Detached Exhibition Room opened in April 2008 to provide a permanent exhibition space for items from the Eisei Bunko collection with ties to Kumamoto.


 

2. About the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art Building

The Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art

The Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art was designed by the prominent Japanese architect Maekawa Kunio (1905-1986).
After graduating from the Department of Architecture in the Faculty of Engineering at Tokyo Imperial University (now the University of Tokyo), Maekawa moved to France and studied under the world-renowned architect Le Corbusier.
He was involved in the design of various buildings upon returning to Japan, serving as a leader of the Japanese architectural world during both the prewar and postwar periods. Although Maekawa worked on the construction of many art museums, including the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, this building is considered one of his masterpieces.
Architectural Outline

■Address: 2 Ninomaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto
■Design: Mayekawa Kunio Associates, Architects & Engineers
■Area: 14,200 m2 (site area); 3,446.40 m2 (building area); 7,942.85 m2 (floor area)
■Floors: One floor underground; two floors aboveground; partial third floor
■Structure: Steel-reinforced concrete
■Construction Period: May 17, 1974 to January 31, 1976

Facility Outline
■Exhibits 2,314.99㎡
■Archives/storage 1,062.51㎡
■Hosokawa Collection detached exhibition room 346.80㎡
■Back offices 3,187.38㎡
■Hall/lobby 1,031.17㎡

 

3. Kumamoto Antique Art and Modern/Contemporary Crafts

Attributed to Yano Saburobe Tigers with Pine Trees and Bamboo Right screen Early Edo period (early seventeenth century)

The Museum’s collection of antique art focuses on samurai culture, consisting mainly of works by painters from the Yano and Kano schools that served the feudal rulers of Kumamoto, Chinese-style calligraphy by nobility and scholars, and paintings and calligraphy by monks and members of the literati. The ceramic collection includes a variety of styles of local ware from traditional kilns, while the modern and contemporary crafts consist of lacquerware and other fine works by Kumamoto-born artists recognized as living national treasures.

 

4. Japanese Modern and Contemporary Art

Yokoyama Taikan Hanshan and Shide by a Bonfire 1915

This collection houses representative works by renowned artists with ties to Kumamoto, including both oil paintings and paintings incorporating traditional Japanese techniques and materials. It also showcases a variety of developments in Japanese contemporary prints.

 

 

 

 

5. Imanishi Collection

Katsushika Hokusai Shoki, the Demon-Queller Late Edo period (nineteenth century)

The late Imanishi Kikumatsu spent his entire life after World War II collecting Japanese works of art.This collection contains over 440 masterpieces and rarities, including original ukiyoe paintings, tea utensils, and modern and contemporary craftworks by living national treasures, all of immense value to scholars.


 

 

 

6. The Hosokawa Collection Eiseibunko Gallery in Kumamoto

Hosokawa TadatoshiHosokawa Tadaoki (Sansai)Hosokawa Fujitaka (Yusai)

The Hosokawa Collection Eiseibunko Gallery in Kumamoto was founded within the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art in April 2008.The gallery room itself is a renovated multipurpose room standing near the front entrance of the Museum. It was renovated while preserving the original appearance given to it by Mayekawa Kunio Associates, Architects & Engineers.
Visitors can view an introductory program about Eisei Bunko in the entrance lobby, before entering the understated 160-square-meter exhibition room where 30 to 60 Eisei Bunko works are displayed. The works are exhibited for three months before being rotated with other items from the Eisei Bunko collection.
There are also works entrusted to the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art by the Eisei Bunko Museum of Tokyo, including early modern folding screens and modern Japanese paintings. Visitors can enjoy various masterworks from the Eisei Bunko collection right here in Kumamoto.

Black Cat By Hishida Shunso Color on silk, dated 1910 Collection of Eisei Bunko Entrusted to KPMA Important Cultural PropertyGusoku armor of Nimaido type, laced with black threads Worn by Hosokawa Tadaoki Momoyama period (sixteenth century) Collection of Eisei Bunko Entrusted to KPMACormorant By Miyamoto Musashi Ink on paper, early Edo period (seventeenth century) Collection of Eisei Bunko Entrusted to KPMA Important Cultural Property

Seated Buddha China, Tang Dynasty (early eighth century) Collection of Eisei Bunko Important Cultural PropertySaddle with design of ivy and poem characters Lacquer with inlaid mother of pearl Kamakura period (thirteenth century) Collection of Eisei Bunko National Treasure

 

7. Eisei Bunko Museum (Tokyo)

The Eisei Bunko Museum

Eisei Bunko is a foundation established in 1950 by Moritatsu, the sixteenth head of the Hosokawa family, and authorized as a public interest incorporated foundation in 2010. Its purpose is to preserve and study various artworks, crafts, and historical documents that have been handed down through the Hosokawa family, the former feudal rulers of Kumamoto.
The name “Eisei” was chosen by Moritatsu as it contains the “Ei” of Eigen'an, a sub-temple of Ken'ninji Temple in Kyoto and the final resting place for eight generations of the Hosokawa family from Yoriari (the founding father of the family and a military commander during the fourteenth century) to Mototsune. “Sei” comes from Shoryuji (Seiryuji) Castle in Kyoto, which lies in a former territory that Fujitaka (Yusai), known for restoring the Hosokawa family to power during Japan’s early modern period, recaptured while serving the warlord Oda Nobunaga.
The Eisei Bunko Museum is located in a corner of Tokyo's Mejirodai neighborhood, a quiet section of Bunkyo City. This area contained the massive villa of the Hosokawa family during the Edo period (seventeenth through nineteenth centuries), as well as the luxurious residence of the Marquis Hosokawa during the Meiji era (late nineteenth century). The current building was constructed in 1930, and was used as the Hosokawa housekeeping office (business office) before being renovated into a museum.

The Eisei Bunko Museum houses approximately 90,000 precious cultural assets, including 8 national treasures and 32 important cultural properties. Special exhibitions are held four times a year. The fine works of the collection are displayed in a dignified space that preserves the building’s original interior décor and furnishings.

The Eisei Bunko Museum
1-1-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-0015
Tel.: 03-3941-0850
Fax: 03-3943-0454

 

8. Decorated Ancient Burial Mound Exhibition Room

Decorated Ancient Burial Mound Exhibition Room

These ancient burial mounds, or barrows, have stone coffins and stone chambers or inner and outer walls decorated with engraved or painted murals and motifs.The mounds were built around the late fourth through seventh centuries, and roughly 700 have been discovered throughout Japan (as of 2017), mainly in northern and central Kyushu.
Approximately 200 mounds, constituting nearly one third of the nationwide total, have been found in Kumamoto Prefecture, providing important insights into the origins and development of this style of burial mound.
The exhibition room introduces the most prominent examples of decorated ancient burial mounds in Kumamoto Prefecture through genuine remains and replicas.

 

9. About the Kumamoto Prefectural Museum of Art

Address: 2 Ninomaru, Chuo-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto 860-0008
Telephone: 096-352-2111 Fax: 096-326-1512
Hours: 9:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. (Admittance until 4:45 p.m.)
Closed: Mondays (the next business day when Monday is a national holiday)
Bus Stop: Kumamoto Castle, Ninomaru Parking (via Kumamoto Castle Loop Bus)

 

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