Lineage of Eccentrics
The Miraculous World of Edo Painting
In 1970, now almost a half century ago, the art historian Tsuji Nobuo (born 1932) published Lineage of Eccentrics (Kiso no keifu). In that groundbreaking book, Tsuji introduced a group of painters who had never before been comprehensively featured in books or exhibitions. These artists’ pictures shared free and innovative conceptions, otherworldly visions, and an unexpected penchant for breaking the bounds of convention. Fifty years later, these painters who were once relegated to the margins of the history of Japanese painting enjoy an almost fanatical popularity among contemporary viewers, who find links to contemporary art in their innovative expressions.
This exhibition features the six artists about whom Tsuji wrote in Lineage of Eccentrics ― Iwasa Matabei, Kano Sansetsu, Ito Jakuchu, Soga Shohaku, Nagasawa Rosetsu, and Utagawa Kuniyoshi ― and adds two more, Hakuin Ekaku and Suzuki Kiitsu. Through a careful selection of masterpieces by these eight painters we aim to excite viewers already familiar with the current fame of Jakuchu, Edo painting and even the recent the “Japanese art boom,” as well as viewers who will encounter these fascinating works for the first time. In a new “Lineage of Eccentrics” seen through the eyes of contemporary viewers we hope to spotlight the incredible vision and rich imagination of Edo period painting.
AdmissionTickets at the doorAdvance／Group
Seniors 65 +¥1,000¥800
- *Group discount ticket: more than 20 persons.
- *Admission free for visitors junior high school age or younger
- Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum (Tokyo, Ueno-Park)
- Exhibition Period
- Saturday, February 9 – Sunday, April 7, 2019
- Opening Hours
- 9:30 – 17:30 (until 20:00 on Fridays, March 23, 30, and April 6)
* Final admission: 30 minutes before closing
- Mondays, February 12 (Open on the Mondays of February 11 and April 1)
- General Inquiries
- 03-5777-8600(Hello Dial)
- (1) 7 min walking from JR “Ueno Station” Park Exit.
- (2) 10 min walking from “Ueno Station” Exit 7, Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Hibiya Line.
- (3) 10 min walking from Keisei Line “Ueno Station”.
* No parking area, so please refrain from coming by car.