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KANSAI

‘Special Exhibition: Kano Sanraku and Sansetsu’

KYOTO NATIONAL MUSEUM

by Florian Turgeon

Staff Writer

Established in the 15th century, the Kano School is one of Japan’s most famous institutions of Japanese-style painting. Its particular set of aesthetics dominated the genre for more than three centuries.

Kyoto National Museum brings together a retrospective of the works of two Kano masters: Sanraku (1559-1635) and his successor Sansetsu (1590-1651). It is the museum’s first major exhibition of Kano School works since 2010 and features newly discovered art pieces, as well as works that are being brought back to Japan for the first time from overseas collections. Items on display include screen-and wall-paintings; March 30-May 12.

Kyoto National Museum; (075) 525-2473; 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto; Shichijo Station, Keihan Railway. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,400. Closed Mon. (except April 29, May 6) and April 30. www.kyohaku.go.jp