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Paintings Go Motion! – Kitayama Seitaro and Artists in the Taisho Era
Nov 19, 2016 - Jan 15, 2017¥1000
Toward the end of the Meiji era, interest in European art movements such as Impressionism, Futurism, and Cubism began spreading through Japan. As some Japanese students of Western-style painting went to study abroad, many more young artists acquired knowledge of these exotic art forms domestically through magazines, books, and viewings of exhibitions featuring international masterpieces. During the Taisho era, experimental styles began to appear in new works as local painters incorporated fresh perspectives into their own expressions. These artists struggled to gain exposure, recognition, and funding, but eventually found support from Seitaro Kitayama, a flourishing animator who actively worked to introduce Western art to Japanese audiences. This collection of modern art reveals Japan’s Taisho-era enthusiasm for Western creative movements through examination of avant-garde domestic trends influenced by European-inspired techniques.
Taisho Era Artists Exhibition • Until Jan 15 • Open: 9:30am–5pm • Closed: Mon & Dec 29–Jan 3 • Admission: ¥1,000 • Access: JR Wakayama Stn, bus to Kencho-mae stop, 2-min walk • Tel: 073-436-8690 • momaw.jp