Such an idea, she confessed, came to her mind when she was visiting Tokyo to attend the Nihonga
Murakami brings to his paintings a knowledge of Japanese ukiyo-e wood-block prints and Kabuki theater, as well as an intimate engagement with nihonga
painting (a discipline in which he holds a doctorate).
Additionally astounding are the paintings created by Hirayama in the Japanese Nihonga
art style that uses pigments from semi-precious stones.
He had been studying nihonga
, traditional Japanese figurative art, but after embracing abstract art, he was determined to take part in Gutai.
Sparsely decorated-with shoji sliding doors and a zither, a 13-stringed instrument known as a koto-it also features contemporary, large-scale waterfall paintings from 2007 in the nihonga
style by Hiroshi Senju.
She is_currently undertaking research for her PhD about the Japanese nihonga
painting movement of the late 19th century.
Built in 1931 by entrepreneur and art patron Hosokawa Rikizo [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] for the staggering sum of 1.5 million yen, the complex showcased the period's popular art, generally Nihonga
[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (traditional Japanese) paintings in the bijinga [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] ("images of beauties") tradition.
The year- long celebration, which took off in January, continues in the Capital and the latest addition to the calendar is an exhibition of the seventh- century Nihonga
art revitalised by Prof.
Trained in the nihonga
style ("Japanese style") officially promoted during the Japanese Imperial period as part of a modern yet nationalist revival, Kusama adapted this conventional mode to her own purposes.