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Takehisa Yumeji: Taisho Romanticism and the New World

Dates

Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, August 25, 2024

Hours

10AM 6PM

Last admission at 17:30
Venue
Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Main Building & Annex
Closed
Closed every Monday
Exhibition admission
Online reservation is recommended for the exhibition.
Admission Tickets
Adults Group
Adults ¥1,400 ¥1,120
University students(Vocational students) ¥1,120 ¥890
Middle & high school students ¥700 ¥560
65 and above ¥700 ¥560

Takehisa Yumeji, the painter who epitomizes Taisho Romanticism, was also a poet. Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1884, Yumeji received no formal art training but, entirely self-taught, developed his own painting style. His lyrical paintings of beautiful women, known as Yumeji style beauties, earned great popularity. He was also a pioneer as a graphic designer, designing book and magazine covers as well as clothing and everyday objects in his pursuit of beauty in daily life. Yumeji’s works are continuously fascinating many today, ninety years after his death.

This exhibition commemorates the one hundred fortieth anniversary of Yumeji’s birth and traces his life from a new perspective, based on the most recent research. The exhibition introduces about 180 works, including the recently discovered Amaryllis, a masterpiece from the mid-Taisho period, and Nude Woman on the West Coast, which he painted while in the United States, and sketchbooks and drawings that were left to a friend who had cared for him during his illness. Works from the Yumeji Art Museum collection are the focus of the exhibition.
Takehisa Yumeji was a key figure during first half of the twentieth century, when values were changing dramatically in many ways throughout the world. Please enjoy the enchantment Yumeji’s work generates to the full.

1  The Fabled Amaryllis on Display!

Thanks to recent research, Amaryllis, an oil painting that had been missing for years, has been discovered. Since only about thirty oil paintings by Yumeji are known to exist, this work and its history make it an extremely valuable example of his work. This exhibition is the first public display of this work in Tokyo since its discovery. Many other treasured oil paintings join Amaryllis in this exhibition to explore Yumeji as an oil painter, a less well known aspect of this artist.

2  Exploring Yumeji’s Last Years Through His Sketchbooks, Exhibited for the First Time

Yumeji, late in his life, set out in 1931 for two years of travel throughout the United States and Europe. The first half of the 1930s were a period of rapid development of modern art and urban culture; it was also the disturbing period of the rise of fascism. Yumeji left us many sketches of events he observed during those travels, some of which were left to one of his friends. This exhibition displays his sketchbooks for the first time.

3  Savor the World of Yumeji’s Work in the Residence’s Spaces

Yumeji was inspired, throughout his life, to add flair to people’s lives with art. The setting for this exhibition, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, is the former residence of the Prince Asaka family. Its striking features include the varied decorations that adorn its living spaces. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to view the world of Yumeji’s work in the spaces of a residence that embodies beauty in daily life.

4  Still Loved a Century Later—Yumeji’s Charm

In 1914, Yumeji opened his Minatoya Ezoshi store, which sold stationery, including envelopes and decorated notepaper, and other objects that he had designed. The word “kawaii” (lovely, charming, cute) was used in the store’s advertisements to capture the hearts of women of that time and inspire longing for Yumeji’s products. His endearing designs continue to fascinate us today, a century later. In this exhibition, please enjoy Yumeji’s enduring charm, never fading over the years.

  • Amaryllis, about 1919, Oil on canvas, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Amaryllis, about 1919, Oil on canvas, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Makeup in Autumn, the Cover of the Magazine “The Ladies' Graphic Vol.1 No.6”, 1924, Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Makeup in Autumn, the Cover of the Magazine “The Ladies' Graphic Vol.1 No.6”, 1924, Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Hoshi Matsuri (Star Festival), Early Showa era(1926-1989), Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Hoshi Matsuri (Star Festival), Early Showa era(1926-1989), Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Apple, 1914, Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Apple, 1914, Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Rest (Woman), Early Showa era(1926-1989), Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Rest (Woman), Early Showa era(1926-1989), Color on silk, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • “Ich Grolle Nicht" From Senow Music Scores, 1924, First edition, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    “Ich Grolle Nicht" From Senow Music Scores, 1924, First edition, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Envelope “Campanula”, Taisho era(1912-1926), Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Envelope “Campanula”, Taisho era(1912-1926), Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Envelope “Houttuynia Cordata”, Taisho era(1912-1926), Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Envelope “Houttuynia Cordata”, Taisho era(1912-1926), Woodblock print, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Late Spring, 1926, Pen, pencil and watercolor on paper, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Late Spring, 1926, Pen, pencil and watercolor on paper, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Tatsutahime, 1931, Color on paper, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Tatsutahime, 1931, Color on paper, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum
  • Nude on the West Coast, 1931-1932, Oil on canvas, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

    Nude on the West Coast, 1931-1932, Oil on canvas, Collection of Yumeji Art Museum

Exhibition Title
Takehisa Yumeji: Taisho Romanticism and the New World
Dates
Saturday, June 1 - Sunday, August 25, 2024
Closed
Closed every Monday
Opening times
10:00 - 18:00
  • Last admission at 17:30
Exhibition admission
Online reservation is recommended for the exhibition.
Adults ¥1,400 (¥1,120)
University students ¥1,120 (¥890)
Middle & high school students ¥700 (¥560)
65 and above ¥700 (¥560)
  1. Figures in parentheses are group admission fees (for groups of 20 or more).

  2. Admission is free for elementary and younger students and for middle school students residing in or attending school in Tokyo.

  3. Admission is free for visitors (and two accompanying persons) with a Physical Disability Certificate, Intellectual Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mental Disability Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor’s Certificate.

  4. Admission is free for teacher-led educational visits by Tokyo primary, junior high, and high school students.

  5. Admission is free for seniors (65 and above) on the third Wednesday of each month.

  6. Dress Code Discount
    Visitors wearing kimono can receive a hundred-yen discount on same-day tickets. Please inform the ticket counter staff that you wish to use the dress code discount when you purchase your same-day ticket at the ticket counter.

    ・The discount applies only to same-day tickets.

    ・It applies only to the ticket for the person wearing kimono, as specified by the dress code.

    ・The discount cannot be applied after purchasing a ticket.

    ・It cannot be combined with other discounts.

    ・This discount cannot be used on a G(ALL)ERY Day (Wednesday, July 10, and Wednesday, July 24).

     

     

Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Sankei Shimbun
Supervised by
Masayuki Okabe (Teikyo University)
With the special cooperation of
Yumeji Art Museum
With cooperation from
Takehisa Yumeji Research Society
With the co-sponsorship of
East Japan Railway Company
With the annual co-sponsorship of
Toda Corporation, Bloomberg L.P., Van Cleef & Arpels

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