The Russian realist painter and sculptor Ilya Repin (1844-1930) lived through political turbulences triggered by the Russian Revolution of 1917. As a leading modern painter, he produced a number of masterpieces, many of which portrayed and condemned social injustices. He is also known for his epic historical and political paintings, which were commissioned to stir Russian patriotism.
This exhibition is the largest-ever retrospective of Repin to be held in Japan, bringing together around 80 of his works, including oil paintings and sketches; Aug 4-Oct. 8.
Bunkamura The Museum; (03) 3477-9111; 2-24-1 Dogenzaka, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Shibuya Station, JR Yamanote Line. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (Fri. and Sat. till 9:00 p.m.). ¥1,400. www.bunkamura.co.jp.