A Bounty of Art

Dates : [Part I] September 16 (Saturday) – November 15 (Wednesday), 2017
[Part II] November 17 (Friday), 2017 – January 8 (Monday, national holiday), 2018
Kankai Pavilion (Traditional East Asian Art)

Over the long history of Japanese art, a great many painters have left behind a legacy of exquisite masterpieces. The Kano painters stand out as the largest school and one whose dominance lasted more than 400 years. One of the major centerpieces of the Hara Rokuro Collection is a series of picture scrolls originally created by Kano-school artists as fusuma-e (partition paintings) for the Nikko-in guest hall at Mi’idera (Onjoji) temple. Japanese art evolved through contact with the culture of continental China, with the influence of one Qing dynasty painter, Shen Nanping, having a particularly deep effect on many Japanese painters such as Maruyama Okyo and Shiba Kokan. Kokan, who also researched Western-style painting and the use of oil paints, was a forerunner of modern painting in Japan. The richness of expression by this varied group of masters awaits you.

Featured Works
[Part I & II] Sketch of Yodo River, Maruyama Okyo, Edo period /Writing box with scenes from the eight views of Oumi in maki-e / Paper box with scenes from the eight views of Oumi in maki-e
[Part I] A hundred cranes, Mori Tetsuzan, Edo period / Scene based on an anecdote by Tao Yuanming (poet of the Jin dynasty), Kano school, Momoyama-Edo period and others
[Part II] A pair of cranes and an old pine tree, Shen Namping, Qing dynasty 18th century / Landscape of Mt. Fuji , Shiba Ko’kan, Edo period and others
Contemporary Art [Part I & II]: Toshimitsu Imai. Sasameyuki, 1984 and others


9:30 am – 4:30 pm (last entry at 4:00 pm)


Thursdays (open on November 23), January 1st and during change in exhibition items. *Subject to temporary closure in the event of severe weather.


General 1,100 yen, Students 700 yen (high school and university) or 500 yen (elementary and junior high), Free for Hara Museum members, 10% discount for a group of 20 or more, Combination ticket for Hara Museum ARC and Ikaho Green Bokujo (except during Golden Week): General 1,800 yen; Students 1,500 yen (high school and university) or 1,400 yen (junior high), 800 yen (elementary), half price for those over 70, discount for groups of 20 or more
*Visitors to the Kankai Pavilion can view the on-going exhibition in the contemporary art galleries as well.
*Children must be accompanied by an adult.
*For residents of Gunma Prefecture: Free admission for elementary and junior high school children every Saturday during the school term/200-yen-discount on admission for up to five persons upon presentation of the Guchoki Passport.
*Visitors to the contemporary art galleries can view the on-going exhibition in the Kankai Pavilion as well.