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Soga Shōhaku: The Ultimate Eccentric (「曽我蕭白 奇想ここに極まれり」)

2021.10.08

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Lions (唐獅子図) (right side), c. 1764
Collection of Chōdenji Temple


The son of a Kyoto merchant, the mid-Edo period artist Soga Shōhaku (1730-1781) created a large body of work while traveling around such places as Matsuzaka, Ise and Takasago, Banshū. Shōhaku's highly idiosyncratic pictures, depicting fantastic realms with powerful brushstrokes and brilliant colors, are filled with both grotesque and humorous elements, making them endlessly captivating. Details regarding the first 30 or so years of Shōhaku's career remain unknown. By that time, he had already established an individualistic style, and made a name for himself throughout the country before returning to Kyoto in his later years. Although there is a tendency to focus on Shōhaku's bizarre expressions, the knowledge of Chinese culture and waka poetry that is concealed in his works reflect the extent of his learning. Toward the end of his life, Shōhaku toned down the eccentric aspects of his work, and devoted himself to more sober depictions.
This exhibition, spanning Shohaku's entire career, sheds light on how the artist's eccentric style culminated in a tranquil approach in his final years.


When: Fri. 8 Oct. to Sun. 21 Nov. (10:00 - 18:00; 10:00 - 20:00 on Fridays; Last entry 30 minutes before closing.) Closed Mondays.
Where: Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art (愛知県美術館), Aichi Arts Center (愛知芸術文化センター) 10F
Access: A 3-minute walk via Oasis 21 (オアシス21) from Sakae Sta. (栄駅, H10 / M05) on the Higashiyama or Meijo Subway Lines (地下鉄東山線・名城線) and Sakaemachi Sta. (栄町駅, ST01) on the Meitetsu Seto Line.
Admission: Weekday Tickets - General Admission 1,400 (1,300) Yen; University & Senior HS students 1,100 (1,000) Yen; Sat., Sun. & Nat. Hol. Tickets - General Admission 1,600 (1,500) Yen; University & Senior HS students 1,300 (1,200) Yen; Junior HS students and younger children free; Holders of a Certificate of Disability receive a 50% discount. See website for ticket outlets.
Website: https://static.chunichi.co.jp/chunichi/pages/event/soga_shohaku/ (Japanese)

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