March 23-May 15
A leading artist of the Nihon Bijutsuin (Japan Art Institute) revival, Yukihiko Yasuda (1884-1978) brought elegant lines, clear tones and minimal structure to nihonga (Japanese-style) paintings.
It has been 40 years since The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, last held a retrospective exhibition of Yasuda’s work. More than 100 of the pieces on display are original paintings, which should appeal to not only nihonga fans, but also those interested in Japanese history. Many of Yasuda’s subjects were important figures, including Prince Yamato Takeru, often referred to as the 12th emperor of Japan; the shogun Minamoto no Yoritomo, daimyos Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi; and the ronin Miyamoto Musashi.
Some of the works on show will change in during the exhibition’s run.
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.). ¥1,400. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.momat.go.jp