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The Vision and Calligraphy of Aoyama San'u: The 100th Anniversary of his Birth

The Vision and Calligraphy of Aoyama San'u: The 100th Anniversary of his Birth
Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries   July 18, 2012 (Wed) - September 9, 2012 (Sun)

  
Living Black and White, 1988, By Aoyama San'u, Tokyo National Museum

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Aoyama San'u (1912-1993), who was a prominent calligrapher during the Showa and the Heisei eras. He studied under Nishikawa Yasushi, and while producing works he avidly studied classics. As he reached his pinnacle as an artist, he also worked earnestly to spread and teach Chinese-style calligraphy methods through his many writings and lectures. He was awarded the Order of Culture in 1992.
This exhibition features the Chinese paintings and calligraphy, along with stationery, that Aoyama San'u enthusiastically collected throughout his lifetime together with his selected masterworks, to give a retrospective of a representative Japanese calligrapher.

General Information

Period Wednesday, July 18 - Sunday, September 9, 2012
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00
Saturdays, Sundays, Holidays until 18:00
Fridays until 20:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, August 13)
Admission Adults: 1,400 (1,200/1,100) yen
University students: 1,100 (900/800) yen
High school students: 800 (600/500) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate advance / group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each.
* Advance tickets is available at the Museum ticket office (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour) and Lawson Ticket (L-code:31500) and other major ticketing agencies from Thursday, May 10 to Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
* Advance pair tickets (two admissions, 2000yen) are available at the Museum ticket office (during museum hours, 30 minutes before closing hour), Lawson Ticket (L-code:31500) and other major ticketing agencies from Thursday, May 10 to Tuesday, July 17, 2012.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizer Tokyo National Museum, The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the Planning Support of KENSIN SYODOU KAI
General Inquiries 03-5405-8686 (Hello Dial)

Related Events

Heiseikan Auditorium  August 24, 2012 (Fri) - August 26, 2012 (Sun)   13:00 - 16:15   RESERVE_FINISH
<Lectures>   Revealing Aoyama San'u
Heiseikan Auditorium  July 21, 2012 (Sat)   13:30 - 15:00   RESERVE_FINISH
Heiseikan Auditorium  August 11, 2012 (Sat)   13:30 - 15:00   RESERVE_FINISH

Highlight of the Exhibition

To view larger images, click the imeges or title of works.

 

A Discerning Eye: The Aoyama San'u Collection

Mountain Peaks Amid the Mist
Mountain Peaks Amid the Mist
By Kun Can
Qing dynasty, dated 1663
Tokyo National Museum
(on exhibit from August 21 to September 9, 2012)

 

Draft of epitaph for the Zhang family tomb in Tongbo, Compiled at the request of Zhang Qi
Draft of epitaph for the Zhang family tomb in Tongbo, Compiled at the request of Zhang Qi
By Yang Weizhen
Yuan dynasty, dated 1365
Tokyo National Museum

 

The Calligraphy of Aoyama San'u

Idle Evening, Poem by Tang-dynasty poet Bai Juyi Idle Evening, Poem by Tang-dynasty poet Bai Juyi
Idle Evening, Poem by Tang-dynasty poet Bai Juyi
By Aoyama San'u
1938
Tokyo National Museum

 

Black and White, Unchanging (yet offering infinite variety) Black and White, Unchanging (yet offering infinite variety)
Black and White, Unchanging (yet offering infinite variety)
By Aoyama San'u
1988
Tokyo National Museum

 

Brightness in every direction! Brightness in every direction!
By Aoyama San'u
1977
Tokyo National Museum

 

Frolicking Birds and Beasts in Yin script
Frolicking Birds and Beastst in Yin script
By Aoyama San'u
1969
Tokyo National Museum

 

 

Aoyama San'u Revealed

 

Stone seal blank
Stone seal blank
Qing Dynasty, 17th - 19th century
Tokyo National Museum

 

Chaoshou inkstone with Orchid Pavilion scene
Chaoshou inkstone with Orchid Pavilion scene
Ming Dynasty, 14th - 17th century
Tokyo National Museum