Amanohashidate after a Snowfall 1972

Sunday July 1 2018 − Sunday August 19 2018

Opening Hours 10:00 a.m. − 6:00 p.m. ( admission till 5:30 p.m. )
Closed Mondays ( Open on July 16 )

Admission Fee General JPY 1,000  Students JPY 800
Exhibition Catalogue “ Asada Takashi Collected Paintings and Writings “, JPY 3,000

  Introduction ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 30 years have passed since the death of my dear friend, Asada Takashi.
He was born in Kyoto in 1928 as the eldest sun of a Japanese-style painter, Asada Benji. Being exposed to art since childhood, he decided to study Japanese-style painting firstly at Kyoto Prefectural School of Art and Crafts (currently Kyoto City Dohda Senior High School of Arts) and then continued his study at Kyoto City School of Arts (currently Kyoto City University of Arts).

At the age of 33, he moved from Kyoto to Tokyo where he lived for the rest of his life. Since then, he dedicated himself in depicting the historical sites in the country of his birth.

He once told as follows: "When you visit a site, you sometimes come across a once-in-a-lifetime enconter. Though, you never know in advance whether certain scenery makes your personal one or not. Only when you feel a special connection with the site, a simple view in front of you enchants you and lets you personalize it." For him, painting scenery was a mean to find out what Japanese have sensed in nature, beauty and religion and that to capture the universal beauty of nature. In this context, we should be able to find in many of his works the norm of landscape paintings.

He loved his home town, Kyoto, and actively painted Rakuchu Rakugai (within and without the capital) landscapes until he died young at 58.

We exhibit about 40 of his works including some skechtes and a series of Byobu (a painting on a folding screen) paintings featuing the three great views of Japan. We hope you enjoy the visit to our museum.

     Yoshitomo Kajikawa, Director of Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

  Works -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

View of Matsushima 1974

Distant View of Itsukushima 1975

Asada Takashi at his atelier

Kyoto in My Eyes
Asada Takashi

Kyoto is my birth place. It is also the place that made me what I am today. Even after I moved to Tokyo, I remember from season to season every detail of the annual events that I used to experience in Kyoto. A kind of feelings that should be carried by those who live away from their native places strike me when I think of Kyoto. The festivals in Kyoto such as Gion Festival, Daimonji no Okuribi (Montain Bonfire) remind me of liveliness of each seasons that we scarcely sense today in Tokyo. Kyoto ceaselessly appeals to even those who have left it for long like me.
It's been a while since the idea of depicting Kyoto in a way I see came to my mind. I have carried from the time that I cannot tell the ambition of illustrating many aspects of the city one day.
I have visited various locations for sketching, bearing always the memories of Kyoto in some part of my mind.

Kiyomizudera after a Snowfall 1986

Moonrise at Rakuto(Eastern Kyoto) 1986

Bonfire under Cherry Blossoms in Gion 1986

Yasaka Pagoda 1986

Famous Cherry Tree <Mikurumagaeshi> 1980

View of Sun Garden, 5th floor

Asada Takashi---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At Omuro Ninna-ji temple














Born in Kyoto.
Graduates from Kyoto Prefectural School of Art and Crafts.
Graduates from the Japanese-style painting department of Kyoto City School of Arts. "Afterglow" wins the Osaka Mayor Prize.
Becomes the member of the Shinseisaku Kyoukai.
Exhibits "Waterfall of Kotaro Otoshi" at the 5th Japan International Art Exhibition.
Exhibits "Clouds over Nachi Falls" at the 4th Contemporary Art Exhibition of Japan. Wins the Museum of Modern Art, Kanagawa Prize.
Solo Exhibition at Tokyo Gallery. Marries Okada Teruko.
Makes a stay in Europe. Visits some European and Mediterranean countries.
Exhibits "Landscape of Sado" at the 29th Shinseisaku Kyoukai Exhibiton.
Engaged in reproduction of the wall painting of Kondo (Main Hall) in Horyuji temple.
Exhibits "View of Higashiyama from the Kamo River" at the 33rd Shinseisaku Kyoukai Exhibiton. Solo Exhibition at Takashimaya, Nihonbashi.
Becomes the professor of Musashino Art University. Exhibits "Monuntain Landscape after a Snowfall" at the 34th Shinseisaku Kyoukai Exhibiton.
Exhibits "Oku Tama" at the 1st Showakai Exhibition sponsored by Gion Gallery.
Exhibits "Amanohashidate after a Snowfall" at the 36th Shinseisaku Kyoukai Exhibition.
Makes a stay in Europe, temporarily settles in Paris. Visits Italy.
Leaves Shinseisaku Kyoukai. Set up a new association, Soga Kai. Exhibits "View of Matsushima" at the 1st Soga Exhibition.
Exhibits "Distant View of Itsukushima" at the 2nd Soga Exhibition. The three great views of Japan (a series of Byobu paintings) are completed.
Makes a stay in Europe. Visits Italy and France.
Exhibits "Mt. Hiei in the Evening Glow" at the 4th Soga Exhibition. Solo exhibition at Takashimaya, Nihonbashi.
“Asada Takashi Today and Tomorrow”, Matsuya, Ginza.
Visits China as the ambassador of Japan-China Cultural Exchange Association.
Publishes a book of paintings.
Exhibits "Vision of Tateyama" at the 8th Soga Exhibition.
Visits Tonkoh-ji, China as the guest of China Artists Association.
Exhibits "Landscape of Gozaisho-dake" at the 12th Soga Exhibition.
“Rakuchu Rakugai, Asada Takashi,” Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto
Exhibits "Mt. Aburi in Kanagawa" at the 12th Soga Spring Exhibition.
Dies on 1st July at the age of 58, due to viral hepatitis.
“Retrospective Exhibition of Asada Takashi,” Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto. Publishes "Asada Takashi Collected Paintings and Writings".
“Asada Takashi Retrospective,” The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.
“The Norm of Modern Landscape Paintings, Asada Takashi,” Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art, Kyoto.

Sunday July 1 2018 − Sunday Aug 19 2018

10:00 a.m. − 6:00 p.m. (admission till 5:30 p.m.)

Closed Mondays (Open on July 16)

Venue: Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

Location: 271, Kitagawa, Gion, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0073 JAPAN

Admissions: General JPY 1,000 / Students JPY 800

Exhibition Catalogue: “Asada Takashi Collected Paintings and Writings“, JPY 3,000

Museum’s Collection of Kitaoji Rosanjin on view in the basement

  For Sale -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Exhibition Catalogue: “Asada Takashi Collected Paintings and Writings“, JPY 3,000

postcard A Asada Takashi
Set of 8  JPY1,000
postcard B Asada Takashi
Set of 8  JPY1,000

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