“Japanese Traditional Painting: Materials, Forms, Themes” (Painting)


by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

In an exhibition aimed at generating more public interest in traditional Japanese paintings, the Nara Prefectural Museum of Art is showcasing medieval and modern works from its own collection.

In a slightly didactic approach, the show offers basic knowledge of the materials, style and theme of each picture on display. Featured painters include Totsugen Tanaka (1760-1823) and Keisai Kuwagata (1764-1824).

On the exhibition’s last day, the museum is also organizing a one-day workshop at which visitors can paint an ema wooden votive plaque using traditional nikawa enogu, the Japanese equivalent of distemper. Prior reservations are necessary; till Oct 8.

Nara Prefectural Museum of Art; (0742) 23-3968; 10-6, Noborioji, Nara; Kintetsu Nara Station, Kintetsu Line. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥400. Closed Mon. www.pref.nara.jp/dd_aspx_menuid-22269.htm.