The Norm of Modern Landscape Paintings, Asada Takashi


Asada Takashi was born in 1928 in Kyoto, as the eldest son 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 to 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 seems to be a mean to find out what Japanese have sensed in nature, beauty and religion and that to capture the universal beauty of nature. He loved his home town, Kyoto, and actively painted Rakuchu Rakugai (within and without the capital) landscapes until he died young at 58.
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 will be exhibited.

Date / Term

July 1, 2018 (Sun.) - August 19, 2018 (Sun.)
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (admission till 5:30 p.m.)

Closed on Mondays (Open on July 16)

Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

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

3 minutes on foot from Keihan Shijo station,
5 minutes on foot from Hankyu Kawaramachi station
2 minutes on foot from Kyoto city bus "Gion" bus stop

Admission General JPY 1,000 / Students JPY 800
Organizer Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Contact 075-525-1311

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天橋雪後図 1972年 何必館・京都現代美術館蔵

"Amanohashidate after a Snowfall" 1972, collection of Kahitsukan - Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art

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