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Rosetsu’s “boundless imagination” to be exhibited at Kyushu National Museum

Important Cultural Property
Nagasawa Rosetsu
Dragon and Tiger
Kushimoto Ōkyo Rosetsu Art Museum, Muryo-ji Temple, Wakayama Pref.
(On display: Feb. 6 - March 3)

Edo-period painter Nagasawa Rosetsu (1754-99) has been labeled as one of the “eccentrics” of Japanese painting by an art historian for his vigorous and idiosyncratic style of brushwork — at times even playful — stemming from his free-spirited ideas. What this means and what made him popular can only be understood by actually viewing his oeuvre, for instance, in an exhibition featuring his masterpieces. Conveniently, the Kyushu National Museum is holding a special exhibition in February-March 2024 that does just that.

Celebrating the 270th Anniversary of His Death
Nagasawa Rosetsu
Life, Legacy, and Boundless Imagination

Feb 6 (Tue) – Mar 31 (Sun), 2024

Kyushu National Museum
(Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref.)

*See outline below for details
Important Cultural Property
Nagasawa Rosetsu
Monkeys on the Seashore (part)
Daijō-ji Temple, Hyogo Prefecture
(On display: March 5-31)

“Nagasawa Rosetsu — Life, Legacy, and Boundless Imagination,” the exhibition set to open on Feb. 6, 2024, at the national museum in Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref., will showcase a number of masterpieces by the artist, such as the “Dragon and Tiger” (top photo) and “Monkeys on the Seashore” fusuma (slide door) paintings, both of which are government-designated important cultural properties of Japan.

Nagasawa Rosetsu
Tessai-dō Gallery, Kyoto
(On display: March 5-31)
Nagasawa Rosetsu
Pine Tree and Tiger
Yakushi-ji Temple, Nara
(On display: Feb. 6-March 3)

Paintings by fellow “eccentric” Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800), Rosetsu’s influential master Maruyama Okyo (1733-95), bunjinga (literati painting) artists Ike no Taiga (1723-76) and Yosa Buson (1716-84) — all of whom are Rosetsu’s contemporaries — will also be highlighted.

Itō Jakuchū
Elephant and Whale
Miho Museum, Shiga Pref.
(On display: March 5-31)
Important Cultural Property
Maruyama Ōkyo
Bamboo in the Rain and Wind
Enkōji Temple, Kyoto
(On display: Feb. 6-March 3)
Important Cultural Property
Ike no Taiga
Gathering at Lanting, Gathering at Longshan
Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
(On display: Feb. 6-March 3)
Important Cultural Property
Yosa Buson
Sago Palms
Myōhō-ji Temple, Kagawa Pref.
(On display: Feb. 6-March 3)

Outline of the event


Tue, Feb 6, 2024〜Sun, Mar 31, 2024

Celebrating the 270th Anniversary of His Death
Nagasawa Rosetsu
Life, Legacy, and Boundless Imagination

1st term: Feb 6 (Tue)-Mar 3 (Sun)
2nd term: Mar 5 (Tue)-31 (Sun)

Sun, Tue-Thu: 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
(Last admission at 4:30 p.m.)

Fri, Sat: 9:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. (Last admission at 7:30 p.m.)

Museum website


Kyushu National Museum

4-7-2 Ishizaka
Dazaifu, Fukuoka Pref.


Adults: 2,000 yen
University / High school students: 1,000 yen
Junior high / Elementary school students: 600 yen

*Admission free for preschool children (children under 6 years of age) & visitors with disabilities and one accompanying caregiver. Presentation of certificate required.

Closing day

Mondays except Feb 12 (national holiday)
Feb 13 (Tue)


Tel. 050-5542-8600 (Hello Dial)



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