The 120th Anniversary of the Birth of Seiji Togo

A Retrospective of Togo’s Depiction of Women : Lyricism and Beauty

A special retrospective exhibition will be held marking the 120th anniversary of the birth of Seiji Togo (1897–1978), a Western-style artist who was an active member of Nika Society. The exhibition will feature valuable works borrowed from across the country, including private collections that will be on public display for the first time. It will shed light on how the “Togo style” came into being, beginning with his avant-garde paintings that are considered the first “Futurist-type” works in Japan, followed by his representative work “Street Performers” that combine compositional beauty and lyricism, and depictions of women that were beloved by many people after World War II.

The highlights of the exhibition are Togo’s rarely seen works from the 1930s, such as large decorative paintings for the Marubutsu Department Store co-created with Tsuguharu Foujita. Through approximately 60 works of art, as well as publications and photographs, the exhibit will look back on the diverse talents of Togo who rose to enormous fame during Japan’s turbulent times.

Exhibition Details

From September 16th (Sat.) to November 12th (Sun.), 2017
(closed Mondays,except September 18th, October 9th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
Adults : 1200yen (1000yen)
University and High School Students (from 16 to 18 years) with ID : 800 yen (650yen)
65 years and more with ID : 1000yen
Junior High School Students (from 13 to 15 years) with ID : Free
Children (under 12 years) : Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more

Pick up

《Woman with Parasol》
Yozan Museum of Art
《Street Performers》
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
《Surrealistic Stroll》
Seji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Jean Cocteau『Les Enfants Terribles』
(Book design by Seiji Togo),
Hakusuisha Inc.(Publisher), 1930,
Toshiyuki Yamada
Chiyo Uno『Otona no Ehon (Picture Book for Adults)』
(Book design, illustrations by Seiji Togo)Hakusuisha Inc.(Publisher),
Seji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Tsuguharu Foujita《Gifts of the Sea》
© Fondation Foujita / ADAGP, Paris & JASPAR, Tokyo, 2017 E2632
《Gifts of the Mountains》
Sheraton Miyako Hotel Osaka
『The Home Life』
(Cover painting by Seiji Togo)
The Osaka Mainichi Shimbunsha & The Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shimbunsha(Publishers),
Seji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
mosaic of tile
Seji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art
《Memories in Youth》
Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.