Scheduled Exhibition The Aoki Collection -Western Paintings and Japanese Paintings in the Meiji Period

Kawamura Kiyoo 'Sparrow on a Plum Branch' Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art's possession

Exhibit Period

February 25 (Thu)-April 11 (Sat), 2010

Exhibit Times

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

Organized by

The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art

Museum closed

March 1 (Mon), 8 (Mon), 15 (Mon), 23 (Tue), 29 (Mon), April 5 (Mon)

Admission Fee

Adults 500 (450) yen; High School, College Students: 300 (270) yen; Elementary, Junior High School Students: 100 (90) yen * Fees in parentheses are group rates for 20 or more visitors * Free admission for visitors aged over 70 years and preschoolers * Half price for visitors with a physical disability certificate, and half price for one accompanying caregiver


The Aoki Collection was collected from the Taisho period through the early Showa period by Aoki Tosaku, a businessman born in the Hazamada district of Niita Village (now Sakura City) in Tochigi Prefecture. This private collection remained unknown to others for nearly 50 years following his death, until it was donated to Bato-machi (now Nakagawa-machi) in February 1997.

The Aoki Collection contains many paintings in the Modern ages while it is well-known that it owns precious Hiroshige’s paintings. After Meiji period, paintings began to be divided into ‘Western-style painting’ and ‘Japanese-style painting’ in Japan. Tosaku collected both Western-style and Japanese-style paintings. He loved paintings by Kiyoo Kawamura who was one of the pioneers of Western-style paintings and by Kubota Beisen who belonged to Kyoto Japanese-style painting school while he worked at ‘Kokumin Shinbun’.

This exhibits shows Western-style and Japanese-style paintings from Aoki Collection and aims to through comparing them.

Museum Talk

Presented by a museum curator on February 27 (Sat), 2010.
Starts at 1:30 p.m.

Payment of museum admission fee is required.