Nara Prefectural Museum of Art

Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

Temporary Exhibitions

Ogawa Seiyo and Askaen, a Centennial Journey


Ogawa Seiyo《Basara(Vajra) of the Twelve Divine Generals, Shinyakushiji Temple》Ⓒ


Seiyo Ogawa (1894-1960) was a photographer known for capturing images of Buddhist statues primarily in the Nara region and other locations. The photography studio he founded, Askaen, which specialized in photographing Buddhist statues, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022. Seiyo Ogawa's photographs were groundbreaking, as they succeeded in creating a mystical photographic space focused on Buddhist statues. His work transcended the role of merely recording cultural assets, elevating the photography of Buddhist statues to the level of art. This exhibition reviews the activities of Askaen, which not only supported cultural heritage preservation but also elevated Buddhist statue photography to an art form, showcasing the photographic works of Seiyo Ogawa and his son, Kozo.

Exhibition Period: April 20, 2024 (Saturday) - June 23, 2024 (Sunday)

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Last admission at 4:30 PM)

Closed : Mondays (except April 29 and May 6), and April 30, May 7

Admission Fee:

Adults = 1,200 yen

College and High School Students = 1,000 yen

Junior High and Elementary School Students = 800 yen

*For further details, please contact the museum.

Kimono in the Edo Period


(Left)    Katabira with Hanging Cloth Screens and Paulownia on Black Plain-Weave Ramie

(Right)  Hitoe with Seashore in Spring on vermilion silk crepe


Kimono is recognized as Japanese traditional costume and is worn mostly for formal and ceremonial occasions. The kimono, formerly called kosode (literally, “small sleeves”), had been worn as everyday wear in Japan since the Muromachi period, when it took root as an outer garment. During the Meiji period, western clothing was introduced to Japan and became widespread over time, however, the kimono has continued to be an icon of Japanese culture. Even today, many people wear a kimono at significant milestones in their lives such as Shichi-go-san (literally, “seven-five-three”, an event to celebrate the growth of children aged 3, 5 and 7) and the Coming-of-Age Ceremony, and we often see people wearing a yukata on the night of a summer festival. Although there have been fewer opportunities for people to wear a kimono, it can be said that the kimono is an attractive garment that gives us a sense of aspiration and familiarity.

Despite being an iconic Japanese garment, the kimono has many aspects that we think we understand but in reality, we don’t. For example, when did kosode, the predecessor of kimono, originate, and how and why did it become the major garment in Japan? What is the difference between uchikake, katabira and hito-e, all of which have almost the same shape, and why are they called by different names? Exploring these questions enables us to appreciate the history of Japanese clothing as well as the diverse materials and techniques related to kimono.

This exhibition focuses mainly on women’s kimono in the Edo period from the Yoshikawa Kanpo collection housed in our museum, and traces the history of kimono – one of Japan’s traditional cultures. We hope this exhibition will provide visitors an opportunity to learn about the rich clothing culture created with the great techniques and designs of the time.

Exhibition Period: July 13, 2024 (Saturday) - August 25, 2024 (Sunday)

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Last admission at 4:30 PM)

Closed: Mondays (except July 15 and August 12), and July 16, August 13

Admission Fee:

Adults = 600 yen

College and High School Students = 400 yen

Junior High and Elementary School Students = 200 yen

*For further details, please contact the museum.


Journey to the World of Edward Gorey


《Jumblies》Ⓒ2022 THE Edward Gorey Charitable Trust


With a mysterious worldview and intricate monochrome line drawings, Edward Gorey (1925-2000) has captivated fans worldwide. In recent years, his picture books such as "Doubtful Guest" and "Hapless Child" have been introduced in Japan. Gorey displayed his versatile talents not only in his primary books, where he handled both text and illustrations, but also in illustrations, stage and costume design, and posters for theater and ballet. This exhibition reconstructs approximately 250 pieces and materials around themes such as "Children," "Mysterious Creatures," and "Performing Arts," drawn from exhibitions held at the Gorey House, a memorial museum established in the author's final residence. Enjoy an encounter with Gorey's enigmatic works, which possess a sophisticated and cool perspective on life and death, as if embarking on a journey to an old mansion on the East Coast of the United States.

This exhibition, which began last year at the Shoto Museum of Art in Shibuya, is now touring nationwide and will be held in the Kansai region for the first time. Additionally, our museum will host a related exhibit, "Edward Gorey and Japanese Culture: A 20th Century American Perspective."

Exhibition Period: September 14, 2024 (Saturday) - November 10, 2024 (Sunday)

Opening Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Last admission at 4:30 PM)

Closed: Mondays  (except September 16, 23, October 14, and November 4), September 17, 24, and October 15

Admission Fee: Adults = 1,200 yen

College and High School Students = 1,000 yen

Junior High and Elementary School Students = 800 yen

*For further details, please contact the museum.


Recent Acquisitions(Tentative) 

In addition to featuring works recently added to our collection through donations, we will also present themed exhibitions.




Nara Zarashi: From Hemp to Thread, From Thread to Cloth (Free Admission)

Tsukigase Nara Zarashi Preservation Society



November 2016 - Exhibition at Isuien Garden

Nara Zarashi, a high-quality hemp fabric, is known as a specialty of Nara. During the Edo period, it was highly regarded, and it was even said that "the finest hemp comes from Nanto." Although production declined due to competition from other regions, efforts to continue its production have persisted. In March 1979, the weaving and spinning techniques of Nara Zarashi were designated as an intangible cultural property of Nara Prefecture. This exhibition, organized by the Tsukigase Nara Zarashi Preservation Society, which works to pass down these traditional techniques, will be held in the 1st-floor gallery.



Opening Hours

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

(Admission until 4:30 PM)

Every Monday (except public holidays), year-end and New Year holidays
※There may be temporary closures in addition to the above. Please contact
the museum for the most up-to-date information.


Museum Collection Exhibitions

Adults 400yen (300yen)

College and High School Students 250 yen (200 yen)

Junior High and Elementary School Students 150yen (100 yen)


Temporary Exhibitions

Admission fees to temporary exhibitions differ by exhibition.

For details about the admission fees, please inquire at our facility.


Admission is free.


Triangle Museums

Visitors with a ticket stub from either the Nara National Museum or the Irie Taikichi Memorial Museum of Photography Nara City are eligible for a discount on the admission fee.

For details about the discount, please inquire at our facility.



The museum is 5 minutes on foot from Kintetsu Nara Station of the Kintestu Railway. Take Exit No.1 and head east toward the Nara Park.

From JR (Japan Railway) Nara Station take the Nara-Kotsu bus to the Kencho-mae (= Nara Prefectural Office) bus stop.


10-6 Noboriōji-chō, Nara City 630-8213 Japan

TEL 0742-23-3968

FAX 0742-22-7032




The Nara Prefectural Museum of Art's collection primarily focuses on Japanese art, featuring exquisite works from the Kamakura period to the present. It also includes significant art and crafts deeply connected to Nara. As of the end of the Heisei era, the museum's collection has grown to over 4,600 items.


Donated Collection


Yoshikawa Kampo Collection

This collection, amassed by Yoshikawa Kampo, a researcher of cultural history and a Japanese-style painter, comprises approximately 2,000 items, including early modern paintings such as ukiyo-e and various crafts such as textiles. The collection traces the history of clothing and cultural customs from the Edo to Meiji periods and served as the inspiration for the establishment of our museum.


Yura Tetsuji Collection

This collection, gathered by the philosopher of history, Yura Tetsuji, consists of approximately 100 items, including notable works such as "Beauty" by Soga Shohaku and the "Autumn and Winter Landscape" attributed to Sesshu. The collection features Japanese paintings from the medieval to early modern periods, as well as Chinese paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, and crafts.


Ohashi Kaichi Collection

This collection, amassed by chemist Kaichi Ohashi, provides insight into the avant-garde trends in Japanese art during the 1950s and 1960s. It consists of approximately 500 paintings by artists such as Yuki Katsura, Tetsumi Kudo, Kazuo Shiraga, Tadashi Sugimata, Kota Suda, Waichi Tsudaka, and Tatsuoki Nambata.


Kenkichi Tomimoto's Works and Modern and Contemporary Art Connected to Nara

In addition to approximately 160 works by Kenkichi Tomimoto, a master of modern ceramics from Nara, we have an ongoing collection of works by modern and contemporary artists with strong ties to Nara. These artists include Bukichi Inoue, Shoen Uemura, Koji Kinutani, Kenkichi Sugimoto, Atsuko Tanaka, Ikko Tanaka, Tetsu Fusen, and Gyo Fumon.


100 Selections from the Our Collection


Paintings (Oriental and Pre-Edo)

Paintings (Modern and Contemporary)


Collection of Works by Ceramicist Kenkichi Tomimoto





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Collection Search

In March 2024, we published basic information about our major collections in collaboration with "SHŪZŌ," a nationwide museum collection search database operated by the National Center for Art Research (NCAR).

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Nara Prefectural Museum of Art

10-6 Noborioji-cho, Nara City 630-8213 Japan

TEL 0742-23-3968

E-mail narakenmuseum(at)