Drawing on nature

Taki Katei’s Japan
4 October 2019 - 13 April 2020
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 About the exhibition

Taki Katei was once a celebrated artist in Tokyo. His paintings not only hung in the Imperial court, they also travelled to international exhibitions in Europe and the USA. But after Taki Katei’s death his delicate paintings of flowers and birds fell out of fashion and his work was slowly forgotten.

World Museum will be hosting the first-ever exhibition of Taki Katei’s work outside of Japan as part of the Japan 2020 Cultural Olympiad. The exhibition draws on our rare archive of more than 300 exquisite preparatory drawings that Taki Katei used for teaching, for preparing some of his major commissions, and as an aide-mémoire. The exhibition not only reveals the techniques of this great artist, but it tells the story of how this astonishing collection of ink drawings and watercolours travelled thousands of miles from an artist’s studio in Tokyo to a museum in Liverpool.


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This exhibition has been developed in partnership with National Museums Scotland.