“Takehisa Yumeji in the Memory: Commemorate of Acquisition of the Kawanishi Hide Collection”


by Tomoko Hori

Staff Writer

The Kawanishi Hide Collection of some 1,100 artworks was established by the Kobe-based printmaker Hide Kawanishi (1894-1965). One of its highlights is the work of Yumeji Takehisa (1884-1934), a popular Japanese painter with whom Kawanishi exchanged letters. Kawanishi treasured and kept Takeshisa’s letters in scrapbooks, and his collection of artworks is said to have been based on the artists’ friendship.

To commemorate the acquisition of this collection, which the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, has been working on since 2006, this exhibition showcases around 600 works by Kawanishi and Takehisa. Although many exhibitions of Takehisa’s work have been held in Japan, this show presents some rarely shown oil paintings and original drawings; till Dec. 25

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; (075) 761-4111; Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto; 10-min. walk from Higashiyama Station, Tozai Line. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon. www.momak.go.jp.