An overlooked master is celebrated in this dedicated exhibition, drawing on an unparalleled collection of Japanese art.

Though not a household name, Kawanabe Kyōsai was one of the most brilliant Japanese painters of the 19th century. A child prodigy, his range of styles and subjects was unconventional, but continues to resound in modern day imagery, including Manga and tattoo art. This exhibition puts his output in the spotlight, featuring never before seen works.

The first exhibition dedicated to the artist outside of Japan in 30 years, the showcase examines Kyōsai’s ability to bridge popular culture and traditional art, featuring a mix of polished finished paintings and 'sekiga', spontaneous works created during calligraphy and painting parties that were often fuelled by copious amounts of sake. Often with a comical inflection, these pieces also subverted conventions, and were an outlet for an artist’s take on society.

Discover Kyōsai’s oeuvre from a wide range of works drawn from the unparalleled Israel Goldman Collection, and delve into the historical, political and social context in which they were created.

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