Special Exhibition “Aves Japonicae 〈9〉 – The Diversity of Expression”

August 16, 2023


Type Exhibition
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / Applying students / International students / Alumni / Companies / Elementary school students / Junior high school students / High school students / University students / Academic and Administrative Staff
Date(s) August 12, 2023 — November 3, 2023
Location Other campuses/off-campus
Venue Intermediatheque 3F [STUDIOLO]
[Address] KITTE 2-3F, 2-7-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN
[Access] JR lines and Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line Tokyo Station (Marunouchi South Exit). Nijubashimae Station (Exit 4) on the Chiyoda Line (about 2 minutes on foot).
[Opening Hours] 11:00 - 18:00 (Open until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays) .
 *Opening hours may change.
[Closed on] Mondays (or the following Tuesday if Monday is a National Holiday; however the museum is open on August 14 and August 21), September 4 – 11. May close irregularly.
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method No advance registration required
Contact +81-47-316-2772 / From Japan: 050-5541-8600 (NTT Hello Dial Service)
Kawabe Kakyo’s Sketches of Birds is a reference that serves as a model for Japanese painting. These scrolls contain precise sketches of various birds, so that it works as “specimens drawn on paper.”
The touch of the sketch is extremely realistic, and even each feather of a bird and each scale on its legs are depicted. Some pictures specify the color of each part and the number of feathers.
On the other hand, his realistic drawings are far removed from the stereotyped Japanese paintings we usually see. This means that the painters used an extremely wide range of expressions, from precise depictions to stereotypical bird-and-flower paintings.
This time, we would like you to unravel the Sketches of Birds Vol. 2 and see how everything from realistic sketches to stylized Japanese paintings are included in one volume. In addition, the style of the birds drawn by Yamamoto Masayuki (Kizan) in the same volume is completely different — more like a manga style.
A picture is not only for fine detailed depiction. The process of how to omit, emphasize, deform the original figure and complete as a “picture” is also the skill of the painter. You can also feel the commonality of deformation that transcends eras and regions. In addition, it will also teach us anew how humans see the world.

[Organizer] The University Museum, the University of Tokyo (UMUT)

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