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Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush

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Exhibition of Kano Motonobu who built the foundation of “Kano school”, the largest painting school in Japanese art history

From September 16th to November 5th, 2017, “Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush” will be held.
Kano Motonobu (1477?-1559) was the second-generation head of the Kano school, which maintained its central role in the art world for about four centuries, starting in the Muromachi period. The Kano school was a group of professional artists with members of the Kano family, connected by blood, at its core. The son of the school’s founder, Kano Masanobu (1434-1530), Motonobu possessed superb artistic skills, and his work was the most highly regarded among all Kano school artists. He also demonstrated outstanding abilities as the leader of the Kano atelier. Those achievements laid the foundations for the Kano school’s continued success, as his grandson Eitoku (1543-90) and Eitoku’s grandson Tan’yu (1602-74), as well as later masters, carried on his work. The Kano school, which became painters by appointment to the Tokugawa shogunate, thrived as the largest and longest-lasting school in Japanese art history. Yet despite its duration, its glory cannot be described without focusing on Motonobu.
This exhibition introduces the breadth of Motonobu’s oeuvre, principally through his masterpieces. They are shown alongside paintings by his brilliant predecessors, whom he studied, to highlight a fascinating world of rich tradition.


Event Name Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush
Venue Suntory Museum of Art (Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F)
Dates September 16, 2017 – November 5, 2017
Note 【Closed】 Tuesdays
*Open on October 31.
*There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition. You can check the exhibition work and the period.

Open Hours 10:00 – 18:00
Friday and Saturday 10:00 – 20:00
*Open until 20:00 on September 17, October 8 and November 2.
*Open until 22:00 on September 30 due to “Roppongi Art Night”.
*Last admission: 30 minutes before closing.
Admission Adult : 1,300 yen
College and High School Student : 1,000 yen
*Elementary, Junior-High school students and under are free.
*With a certificate of disability, the admission fee of a disabled person and a care-giver will be waived.
*On September 30 admission fee for adults and students will be 500 yen due to “Roppongi Art Night”.
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Contact 03-3479-8600

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