Contemporary Japanese Realism

Last day to visit December 2nd.

The European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM), an entity that promotes and disseminates figurative art of the 20th and 21st centuries, will present for the first time in Europe the work of the most prestigious contemporary Japanese artists, in the field of figuration and realism. From September 20, will host the exhibition 'Contemporary Japanese Realism', which brings together the 60 most outstanding works of the permanent fund of the Hoki Museum, the first museum in Japan dedicated exclusively to the current realistic painting.

Female figures endowed with the sensibility and exquisiteness of Japanese art or carefully worked landscapes are some of the main reasons that will form the exhibition. 'Contemporary Japanese Realism' will feature the participation of 14 Japanese painters of great prestige, among which the pioneer Hiroshi Noda (1936) or Masayuki Hara (1956).

As a correspondence, starting in 2019, the MEAM will organize a large collective exhibition with more than 50 current figurative Spanish artists in the Hoki Museum and other points of reference in Japan. Later, he will present an anthological sample of the Hungarian painter Istvan Sandorfi.

During the months that the exhibition is open, parallel activities will be carried out, such as workshops and guided tours.

  • Painting workshop by Osamu Obi · Saturday, September 22th from 11 am to 3 pm. Ask for more info at
  • Guided tour every Sunday at 12 hours. (tour in Spanish)


This exhibition will be carried out thanks to the collaboration of the Japan Foundation on the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Spain and Japan.

The Hoki Museum was inaugurated in 2010 as the first museum in Japan dedicated exclusively to realistic painting, and its permanent collection has more than 400 works by artists such as Hiroshi Noda, Sôsuke Morimoto, and Tadahiko Nakayama. The Japanese museum also opens its space to new talents, given that almost half of his paintings belong to young painters, who are currently active. 

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