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  • Shinsui Ito – exhibition of his sketches

    Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni
    10 October – 29 November 2015

    The world of Shinsui Ito (1898-1972), a popular painter of nihonga (the Japanese-style painting) and Ukiyoe (Utagawa School), is imbued with gentleness and subtlety, as evidenced by the expressions and gestures of kimono-clad beauties depicted in his works.

    Isehan Honten’s Beni Museum, close to Omotesando, presents the first ever exhibition of Shinsui’s sketches from the house collection of the family of Manyo Ito (1921-1970), the second son of the painter.

    Shinsui prepared these sketches before actual painting as required in the tradition of nihonga. In his female portraits, one can witness the motifs that captured the maestro’s heart and the forces of his observation and rendering of feminine gestures, such as tinting the lips with beni (red pigment extracted from safflower), putting oshiroi (white powder) on the face or the subtle art of hairdressing.

    Beni sashi skech Shinui Ito article by amuzen
    “Beni sashi” Shinsui Ito (skech circa 1955, Museum of Beni)

  • Place name Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni
    (in Japanese) 伊勢半本店 紅ミュージアム
    Website go to website
    Phone 03-5467-3735
    Dates 10 October – 29 November 2015
    Closed on Mondays (open if Monday is a holiday and closed on the next day)
    Opening hours 10 am – 6 pm (last admission 5:30 pm)
    (until 8 pm on Fridays; last admission 7:30 pm)
    Price ¥700 (incl.tax and the exhibition brochure)
    Address K’s Minami Aoyama Building
    6-6-20 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
    Getting there
    • 12 min walk from Omotesando Station (Tokyo Métro Ginza Line, Hanzomon Line and Chiyoda Line: B1 Exit)
    • 1 min walk from Minami Aoyama 7-Chome bus stop (from JR Shibuya Station’s East Exit Bus Terminal, take No. 88 Bus for Shimbashi)


* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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