It can be said that the aesthetic sense and culture cultivated by Japanese people attract attention and that new values have been found there. Meanwhile, since modern times when Western culture entered, dandy men who wear themselves in western clothing and women dressing in top mode were always attracting attention as a fashion leader of the times. Characteristic fashion in each era attracted the painters as well, and was drawn in various painting works from modern times to the present age. “Aoi” in Japanese paintings also changes with the times, and it reflects fashionably sensitively.
In the female statue, gorgeous women of Actress Kogure Mikazuyo drawn by Ito deep water, luxurious women of Kiyoshi Saki and Kimono of a neat daughter of Uemura Matsuen. In addition, western painter, Sotaro Yasui and Takeshi Takeshi draw small garments. In these works, not only facial expressions but also personalized features and charms of people are skillfully depicted in jewelry, hairstyle, and color combinations. It is an exhibition where you can enjoy the fashion in painting while you discover the hint of dressing, tasting the aesthetic sense and color sense of the painter that appeared everywhere.
In works other than Songshin, you will also see beautiful paintings by Ukiyoe masters. A rare Suzuki Harunobu who is supposed to exist only several times in the world, a form of a delicate daughter as seen in “plum folding”, beautiful women of Torii Torii, wearing an epidemic kimono with slender elegant faces, Kita River Utamaro Glamorous and fascinating woman. In addition, special work borrowing the collection of treasures and opening it for the first time, the popular Tsukioka Yoshiyuki’s representative work “The Famous Situations” in recent years has enjoyed the rich expression of the witty rich women I will.
Meanwhile, from the modern painting collection of the hotel, women such as Edo sexual women by Shigeto Hishida and Shinya Ikeda, Eiji Wada, Kiyoshi Sakaki, beautiful western clothes and Western-style cloths such as Kimura Ito, Kamaka Yokame, We introduce a variety of beautiful paintings including dignified women painted by painters. Enjoy a variety of beautiful paintings from the Edo period to the present age.
Kawaii Tamado (1873-1957) who loved the mountains of Japan and loved nature and richly depicted the lives of the people living there. At the Yamato Art Museum, we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death, we will hold a retrospective to introduce the art, tracing the footsteps of the painter of Tamado. Through the work in which the poetry poetry was written, I will also spot the exchanges with my family and close artists, and enjoy the charm of a true face of Tamado.
In 1966 (Showa 41), under the philosophy of “Yamato Art Museum’s” I would like to contribute to society, especially culture, through art, we opened as the first museum specializing in Japanese painting nationwide. Since then, we have been working on collection, research, publication and dissemination around modern and contemporary Japanese paintings for about half a century until today.
Japanese painting is an art using natural materials such as rock paint and Japanese paper. In the subject and expression, the beauty of nature and the feeling of the season are valued, reflecting the traditional aesthetic sense of Japan cultivated in living with nature. The Yamato Art Museum hopes to convey the appeal of Japanese paintings polished over a long time in the unique nature and climate of Japan to as many people as possible regardless of age, gender, or nationality thinking about. In addition, we would like to develop various activities so that we can take over Japanese painting to the future.
In the 21st century, the society and the environment surrounding us are undergoing drastic changes, such as globalization, information technology, and innovation rapidly progressing. Under such circumstances, the importance of cultures and arts that enrich people’s minds is reviewed, and the role played by museums that play a part of that is questioned once more. Through all kinds of activities including exhibitions and educational dissemination, the hotel aims to be an art museum where people can convey excitement, discoveries, joy and peace to people by communicating the splendor of Japanese painting and Japanese culture.
The philosophy of the Yamato Art Museum’s “I would like to contribute greatly to society, especially culture, through arts” as the core, clearly expresses the spirit and common values that have been handed down and established the basic philosophy of the Yamaguchi Museum of Art. Also, I wanted to disseminate the wonderfulness of Japanese painting widely, and added a new symbol mark (design: Taku Sato) to the traditional logo. In addition, we carried out the “Seed Mountain Art Museum Nippon Painting Award 2016”, which was once used and restarted the “Yamami Art Museum Award” in a form suitable for a new era. This award is planned to be held continuously and we hope to help bring Japanese painting to the future and tell the world.
“It is my wishes that if you can taste the goodness of the Japanese painting widely also for those who love art, or those who have not had much contact with you, it is actually my wish.” In addition to inheriting the thought of this founder, we aim to disseminate Japanese paintings in the 21st century, and we are doing various initiatives from exhibitions and educational promotion activities to information dissemination utilizing the Internet.
Culture and art can enrich people’s mind. In the 21st century, as globalization progresses, we think that we will continue to engage in even more meaningful activities in the international community by widely disseminating the charm of Japanese painting, which is a property inherent in Japan, both in Japan and abroad. We hope to continue to promote and develop Japanese culture and academic through various activities, from exhibitions with friendly themes to steady research.