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'Celebrating Two Contemporary Geniuses: Jakuchu and Buson'

SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

March 18-May 10

The Suntory Museum of Art is commemorating the upcoming 300th year since the birth of two early modern Japanese painters — Ito Jakuchu and Yosa Buson — both of whom were born in 1716.

Jakuchu became famous for his bird-and-flower paintings and the use of other traditional animal motifs, which were often depicted in brightly colored ink-wash. Buson, however, is known as a literati painter whose paintings of rivers and mountains followed the traditional techniques of what was known as the “southern school.”

Jakuchu’s famous “Elephant and Whale Screens” and Buson’s “The Plank Road to Shu,” which was recently re-discovered after being lost for 92 years, will both be on show for this exhibition.

Suntory Museum of Art; Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku,Tokyo. Roppongi Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri., Sat. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,300. Closed Tue. 03-3479-8600; www.suntory.com/sma

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