The flow of Western-style painting from the Meiji period to the present day is traced through approximately 110 works by 65 Western-style painters born in or associated with Kyushu. Hyakutake Kaneyuki (Saga) and Soyama Sachihiko (Kagoshima) from the early Meiji period and Kuroda Seiki (Kagoshima), Fujishima Takeji (Kagoshima), Okada Saburosuke (Saga), and Wada Eisaku (Kagoshima) of the mid-Meiji period are followed by Aoki Shigeru (Fukuoka), Sakamoto Hanjiro (Fukuoka), Kojima Zenzaburo (Fukuoka), Ebihara Kinosuke (Kagoshima), Ei-Kyu (Miyazaki), and others. In this exhibition, through the works by these artists, we hope you will be able to feel the power and charm of the rich culture in Kyushu.
Okamura Koichiro, who is known as King of Cardboard Boxes in TV programs such as Champions (TV Tokyo), introduces the world of corrugated cardboard art he produces with amazing ideas and techniques. The theme in this exhibition is “Kyushu.” Familiar sights from each prefecture in Kyushu are reproduced as corrugated cardboard equipment in a playground. There are eight rooms representing each prefecture, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, and Okinawa. There are also panels illustrating the geography and culture in Kyushu for the whole family to enjoy.