Tadanori Yokoo: 100 Takes on Hanshan and Shide

For some time, the contemporary artist Tadanori Yokoo has been working on a series based on Hanshan and Shide, a traditional subject matter in East Asian painting. This series includes over one-hundred paintings that Yokoo created specifically for this exhibition, which will be displayed for the very first time. Hanshan and Shide were Zen poet-monks who allegedly lived during China’s Tang dynasty (618–907). They have been celebrated in both China and Japan for their erratic behavior and apparent madness — considered by some as a sign of spiritual enlightenment.

Yokoo continued to work on the series during the coronavirus pandemic and created over one-hundred paintings based on Hanshan and Shide in an atelier secluded from the mundane world, echoing these legendary figures’ transcendent lives. This series traverses various realms, weaving a dazzling tale that truly transcends space and time. The largest series in Yokoo’s career, it poses countless questions to its viewers, like a mirror that shows a different reflection every time.

Overview & Access


Tadanori Yokoo: 100 Takes on Hanshan and Shide


September 12 – December 3, 2023


Hyokeikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)

13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan


9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • * Last entry 30 minutes before closing


Monday (except for September 18 and October 9), September 19, and October 10


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  • 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station (South Exit)
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1,600 yen

University students

1,400 yen

High school students

1,000 yen

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  • * Junior high school students and under and persons with disabilities and one accompanying person each are admitted free. Please present an ID at the ticket booth.
  • * Visitors can view this exhibition without making reservations. Tickets may also be purchased at the ticket counter, but you may be asked to wait if the exhibition is crowded.
  • * Tickets for this exhibition can also be used to visit the general exhibitions including "Admiring the Legendary Mad Monks: Paintings of Hanshan and Shide from the Museum Collection" on the same day.