Edo to Now: 400 Years of Japanese Art

26 October - 7 November 2021

The exhibition brings together a selection of fine Japanese art from the Edo period (1615-1868) to the present day.


A highlight of the exhibition is the masterpiece by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), Rainstorm Beneath the Summit, a woodblock print from the iconic series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Further woodblock prints by artists Utagawa Hiroshige, Utagawa Kunisada and Totoya Hokkei are included, along with a pair of silver-leaf folding screens depicting pine trees by Uenaka Chokusai (1885-1977), and a group of intricate Edo and Meiji Period lacquer boxes, inro and netsuke from the Ankarcrona collection.


The exhibition concludes with two contemporary paintings - Coordinates Pointing to the Origin of Light by Asakura Takafumi (b. 1978) is a calligraphic tour-de-force, combining the artist's tradmark calligraphy of ancient texts with a mythical three-legged crow. The second contemporary work is by Taira Hisaya (b. 1960) who began producing photorealistic paintings based on photographs from around 1984. Escalator #27 is a significant work depicting an underground escalator - and is one of a series of works of such mundane places that we would barely pay attention to.


Opening times at 4 Cromwell Place:

Tuesday: by appointment only

Wednesday - Saturday: 10am - 6pm

Sunday: 10am - 4pm

Please use the advance reservation link below:

Book your free entry into Cromwell Place to view all exhibitions.


For any enquires and for prices, please contact: anastasia@avsjapaneseart.com


An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.


Photography: Matt Spour

Design: Aaron Canning