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TOKYO

‘Onchi Koshiro’

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, Tokyo

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Staff Writer

Jan. 13-Feb. 28

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, is hosting a special exhibition of works by Koshiro Onchi (1891-1955), an artist known in Japan as the father of abstract paintings and a pioneer of the contemporary woodblock print. Many recognize his 1915 “Lyric: The Clear Hours” as the first abstract painting in Japan, and his influence spanned many genres — from oils and watercolor to photography and book design.

Out of 400 works, 62 of Onchi’s most important pieces have been brought together, on loan from the British Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Honolulu Museum of Art.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; 3-1 Kitanomaru-koen, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Takebashi Stn. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. (Fri. till 8 p.m.). ¥1,000. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.momat.go.jp