Exhibition Shikken and Insho
Lacquerware and Japanese paintings by the Domoto brothers born in the Meiji period
Session December 13 (Thu) , 2018 - March 17 (Sun), 2019
Closed Monday (Open on public holidays, but closed the next day)
Open Hours 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  (Please enter the building at least 30 minutes before closing time..)
  one person Groups(20+)
Adults 500YEN 400YEN
University students
High school students
400YEN 320YEN
Junior high school students
Elementary school students
200YEN 160YEN
Organizer Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefectural INSHO-DOMOTO MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Kyoto Shimbun
Support MBS
Assist The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences
Japan Foundation for Regional Art-Activities
- Exhibition/ Main Building

Shikken and Insho
Lacquerware and Japanese paintings by the Domoto brothers born in the Meiji period

The first joint exhibition of the Domoto brothers: Lacquerware artist and Japanese-style painter --- Specially showing decorated lacquer-work panels in a luxurious ocean liner before the Second World War.

Shikken Domoto(1889-1964), the elder brother of Insho Domoto(1891-1975), is a lacquerware artist who was active from the end of the Taisho period to the Showa period. The current exhibition presents artistic practice of the brothers, Shikken who pursued sophisticated beauty in the lacquerware field, and Insho who led the Kyoto art circles through innovating the conventional Nihonga (Japanese-style painting). Along with this, this exhibition aims to review the world of beauty by the brothers, showing their collaborated lacquerware having Insho's design.

One of the masterpieces by Shikken is a set of lacquer-work panels with makie, which was produced for sideboards placed in the first class dining hall of the luxurious ocean liner Argentina Maru (completed in 1939). The panels, which miraculously escaped the devastation by World War II, are a precious relic to hand down how the prewar passenger ship was to following generations.

We hope you'll take this chance to enjoy their work.

Shikken Domoto : Panels for sideboard, Lacquered wood with maki-e and mother-of-pearl inlay <1939>
Collection / Nagasaki Shipyard Museum, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
- Exhibition/ New Wing

Contemporary Artists in Kyoto


We focus on contemporary artists based in Kyoto to search for charms of their art work.

Masaki Ukai
"Touch of picture -consideration of matiere- "
December 13 (Thu) , 2018 - January 27 (Sun), 2019

Nobuyoshi Watanabe
"China travel - drawings - "
January 29 (Tue) - March 17 (Sunday), 2019