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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibition: “The World of Yumeji Takehisa and Taisho Romanticism”

Exhibiting approximately 100 pieces of work selected from the collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

October 29, 2014
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) announced the opening of the 2014 Autumn Special Exhibition dedicated to the works of Yumeji Takehisa, a prominent painter of Taisho Romanticism in the early 1900s. Marking the 130th anniversary of his birth, approximately 100 pieces of work, carefully selected from the collection of The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, will be on exhibit at the Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office in Fushimi, Kyoto City, Japan.

Photo: Senoo Gakufu No. 106 “Evening Primrose”
Senoo Gakufu No. 106 “Evening Primrose”

Exhibition Details
The Kyocera Museum of Art, 2014 Autumn Special Exhibition
“The World of Yumeji Takehisa and Taisho Romanticism”
Location The Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
Dates November 6 (Thu) through December 5 (Fri), 2014
*The museum is usually closed on weekends and holidays but will be open everyday during this special exhibition.
Hours 10:00am to 5:00pm
Admission Free
Exhibits Approximately 100 pieces of artwork
Hosts Kyocera Corporation; The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Co-Sponsors Kyoto City
Cooperation Kyoto Prefecture; The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co.,Ltd.; Kyoto Broadcasting System Company Limited; Nikkei Inc. Kyoto Office; The Yomiuri Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. Kyoto Office; The Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. Kyoto Head Office

About the Special Exhibition
Yumeji Takehisa is a painter representing the Taisho Period, still very popular today for his numerous lyrical works depicting beautiful Japanese women. Although originally from Okayama, Takehisa has a deep association with Kyoto, where he lived for two years between the age of 32 to 34. The special exhibition will present a broad range of works by Takehisa, from original paintings to bound books, stationery, postcards, chiyogami paper, posters, as well as cover art for the Senoo Gakufu which includes “Evening Primrose”— a prevalent musical piece for which Takehisa also wrote the lyrics.

Photo: Senoo Gakufu No. 169 “Stepping on Shadows”
Senoo Gakufu No. 169
“Stepping on Shadows”
Photo: From “Postcards by Yumeji”
“Postcards by Yumeji”
Photo: Chiyogami (wisteria flowers)
(wisteria flowers)

Yumeji Takehisa Chronology (ages shown below are those at the beginning of each year)
Year Age Event
1884   Born as the second son of Kikuzo Takehisa, who ran a liquor shop in Honjo-mura, Oku-gun, Okayama Prefecture. Given name was Mojiro.
1901 17 Ran away from home and went to Tokyo.
1902 18 Entered Waseda Jitsugyo Gakko school.
1905 21 Won a prize for a small painting submitted to the “Chugaku sekai” magazine using the name Yumeji.
1907 23 Married Tamaki Kishi.
1909 25 His first book, “A Collection of Works by Yumeji: Spring” was published.
1912 28 “The 1st Exhibition of Works by Yumeji" was held at the Kyoto Prefectural Library.
1914 30 Opened the Minatoya print shop in Gofuku-cho, Nihonbashi-ku, Tokyo.
1916 32 Moved to Kyoto.
1917 33 Settled in a house next to the torii at the south gate of Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto.
1918 34 “An Exhibition of Lyrical Pictures by Takehisa Yumeji” was held at the Kyoto Prefectural Library.
Senoo Gakufu “Evening Primrose” was published (Yumeji wrote lyrics for the song in addition to the cover art for the score).
Returned to Tokyo.
1923 39 “Samples of Works by Yumeji 1-4” were published.
Announced a declaration to establish the Dontaku Zuansha (Zontag Design Lab) jointly with Koshiro Onchi and others, but the plan was abandoned as the company undertaking printing was devastated by the Great Kanto Earthquake.
1924 40 Constructed a house with an atelier, which was named “Syonen Sanso” in Matsubara, Matsuzawa-mura, Ebara-gun, Tokyo-fu (currently Setagaya-ku)
1930 46 Advocated the development of “hand-made industries” and issued a prospectus to construct Mount Haruna Art Laboratory.
1931 47 Traveled to the United States and Europe the following year. In Berlin, he taught Japanese-style painting at Itten Schule, headed by Johannes Itten.
1933 49 Returned to Japan.
1934 49 Died at a care facility in Fujimi Kogen where he had been receiving medical treatment. Buried at a cemetery in Tokyo.

About the Kyocera Museum of Art
The museum, located on the first floor of Kyocera's Head Office in Kyoto, Japan, was opened in October 1998 as one of Kyocera Corporation's cultural projects. Through these exhibits, Kyocera hopes to make a contribution to the cultural enrichment of the local community. The museum's major collections include Qianlong glassware, Picasso's copper plate print series 347, modern Japanese paintings, Western-style paintings, sculpture, and fine ceramic pottery.

12 Special Exhibitions have been previously held at the Museum, including the “Nihonga” contemporary Japanese paintings collection (2000), photographs by Ansel Adams (2008), sculptures by Shinya Nakamura (2010), metalworking by Yoshiyuki Chosa (2011) and cultural assets of Fushimi, Kyoto from the early modern period (2014).