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Friday, Dec. 9, 2011


"Ito Kiyonaga: A Retrospective"


Staff writer

To celebrate the centenary of Kiyonaga Ito's birth, Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art is holding a retrospective of the well-known painter's work. Born to a family who ran a Zen temple in Hyogo Prefecture, Ito (1911-2001) was expected to enter the priesthood. Instead, he chose to became a Western-style painter.

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"The Story of Gautama, the Nativity" (1984) by Kiyonaga Ito AICHIGAKUIN UNIVERSITY

His religious upbringing is at times reflected in his work, such as in "The Story of Gautama, the Nativity" (1984) — a Buddhist-themed mural made of four 4-meter tall and 3-meter wide paintings -which was commissioned for Aichi Gakuin University's 100th anniversary.

The total of 70 works trace Ito's career from his early years, and include oil paintings and some sketches; Dec. 10-Jan. 22.

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art; (078) 262-0901; located in HAT Kobe, 1-1-1 Kaigan-dori, Wakihama, Chuo-ku, Kobe; 10-min. walk from Nada Station, JR Kobe Line, or 8-min. walk from Iwaya Station, Hanshin Honsen Line. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ¥1,200. Closed Mon., Dec. 31-Jan. 2; open holidays and closed the following day. www.artm.pref.hyogo.jp.

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