A Look at the Artists in Our Collection: Kawamura Kiyoo, A Pioneer of Modern Western-style Art

Exhibit Period

Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 30, 2002
(a portion of the works will be changed mid-exhibit)

Exhibit Times

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(last admissions at 4:30 p.m.)

Museum closed

Mondays (when the Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open); the day following a national holiday (when this day is a Saturday, the museum will be open)

Admission Fee

Adults: 500yen Senior High School and University Students: 300yen Elementary and Junior High School Students: 100yen Handicapped visitors and those visitors age 65 and older are admitted for half-price


On the 150th anniversary of the birth of Western-style artist Kawamura Kiyoo (1852-1934), we are presenting an exhibition of Kiyoo's works.
Kawamura Kiyoo was born into the household of one of the Shogun's retainers. At the beginning of the Meiji period he traveled to America as an exchange student, and it was at this time he made the decision to become an artist. Afterwards, he traveled across to France and Italy, where he became skilled in oil painting. Here, he began to see his own country's beautiful traditions in a new light. Upon his return to Japan, Kiyoo began depicting Japanese art subjects in oil paintings. By using silk or bark for his canvases he continued to pursue an oil painting style that could only be found in Japan.
Through his personal contact with the artist, art collector Aoki Tosaku (1870-1946) accumulated more that fifty pieces of Kiyoo's work. During this exhibit, along with his most important works, we will be introducing artwork and related materials that are being displayed for the very first time.

Museum Talk

Presented by a Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum CuratorSaturday,
June 8 Talk begin at 1:30 p.m.


Presented by a Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum Curator
Saturday, June 22 Lecture goes from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.