Beyond the End: Ruins in Art History

December 8, 2018-January 31, 2019

Charles Cornelisz de Hooch, View of Ruins with Figures, ca. 17th, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum ©Tokyo Fuji Art Museum Image Archives /DNPartcom

Hubert Robert, Architectural Caprice with Roman Pantheon in the Background, 1763, The Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Via Appia and Via Ardeatina, from “Le Antichita Romane” , 1756, Machida City Museum of Graphic Arts

Achille-Etna Michllon, Roman Shepherds Contemplating the Ruins of a Tomb,181 ,Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

Paul Delvaux, The Sea is Nearby (La Mer est proche), 1965, Himeji City Museum of Art © Foundation Paul Delvaux, Sint-Idesbald - SABAM Belgium / JASPAR 2018 G1526

Fujishima Takeji, Ruins of Pompeii, ca.1908, The Museum of Modern Art Ibaraki

Kurematsu Masatoshi, Dream, 1940, Nerima Art Museum

Oscar Oiwa, Zoo, 1997, Deposit :Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Motoda Hisaharu, Indication: Shibuya Center Town, 2005

Minoru Nomata, Listen to the Tales, 2013, photo: Keizo Kioku ©Minoru Nomata

Ruins and ancient remains had been depicted repeatedly in landscape paintings throughout the history of Western art. Admiring the views of ruins and drawing them – this aesthetic was transmitted to modern Japanese art through contact with Western culture.
From Hubert Robert the painter and Piranesi the etcher, renowned painters of ruins in the eighteenth century, Constable from the nineteenth century, Henri Rousseau, Magritte and Delvaux in the twentieth century, artists have drawn ruins. Some Japanese painters have also followed this theme: Aodo Denzen in the Edo Period, Fujishima Takeji and Oka Shikanosuke in modern times, and Motoda Hisaharu, Oscar Oiwa and Nomata Minoru in the present day.
For some reason, people have been fascinated by the sights of the distant past or distant future that has been destroyed or will be destroyed by the passage of time.
This exhibition gathers works depicting ruins and city landscapes in the past or near future, from old Western masters to contemporary Japanese art, to provide insight into this phenomenon.


Duration December 8, 2018-January 31, 2019
AdmissionGeneral: 500 yen (400 yen); University Students: 400 yen (320 yen); High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 250 yen (200 yen); Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen (80 yen)
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for groups of ten or more and for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMonday, December 10; Monday, December 17; Saturday, December 29, 2018 to Thursday, January 3, 2019; Monday, January 9; Tuesday, January 15; Monday, January 21; Monday, January 28
Organized by: The Shoto Museum of Art, The Yomiuri Shimbun, The Japan Association of Art Museums
With the sponsorship of: Lion Corporation, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.