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Kuroda Memorial Hall

The Kuroda Memorial Hall was built in 1928 through a bequest from Western-style painter Kuroda Seiki (1866-1924). The building first opened as the home of The Institute of Arts Research for the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts in 1930. In recognition of Kuroda's artistic achievements, exhibits of Oil paintings, sketches and similar works donated by the artist's family and others are on display.



Collection Highlights Gallery (2018-2019)
March 25–April 7, 2019.
October 29–November 10, 2019.
January 2–January 13, 2020.
March 24–April 5, 2020.


2nd floor

Collection Highlights Gallery Upcoming
Collection Highlights Gallery  January 2, 2020 (Thu) - January 13, 2020 (Mon)

The Kuroda Memorial Hall was built to commemorate the Western-style painter Kuroda Seiki’s bequest of his heritage and works to the country. The Collection Highlights Gallery on the second floor preserves his renowned works Wisdom, Passion, Sentiment; Maiko Girl; Lakeside (all designated as Important Cultural Properties), and Reading, which are on view for the public three times a year (two weeks each during New Year, the Cherry-blossom season, and Ueno Cultural Festival).

Kuroda Memorial Room
Kuroda Memorial Room  October 1, 2019 (Tue) - December 15, 2019 (Sun)

This room is originally made to honor Kuroda’s works since the Kuroda Memorial Hall was designed. The Chinese characters of “Memorial Room of the Viscount Kuroda”, which were said to be written by Nakamura Fusetsu, an oil painter, were curved on the panel above the doors. Having the collection cored with the works contributed by Kuroda’s family, this room offers a place to appreciate the works by Kuroda who greatly contributed to modernize the Japanese painting.

Study for Talk on Ancient Romance (Compositional study II), By Kuroda Seiki, 1896
Flowers in Vase,
By Kuroda Seiki, 1912 (Gift of the artist)