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Collection Exhibition

“Mitate” around Arts

Period November 23 (Thu. Holiday) ー December 20 (Wed.), 2023


“Mitate occurs in many settings in our everyday lives. For example, when playing with building blocks, we put together square and triangular shaped pieces of wood and play with them as if they were everyday objects.
The fundamental mitate process is to liken one thing to something else.
The history of the mitate in Japan is long and deep; it can, in fact, be traced back to the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), the earliest history of Japan, complied in 712. Mitate are used in waka poetry, the tea ceremony, Kabuki, Rakugo comedy, and even garden design. The mitate has taken root in Japanese culture as a distinctive means of expression.
In this exhibition, we reconsider mitate in art through works, primarily from the museum s collection, in which expression through mitate. Japanese paintings, crafts, contemporary arts−we hope you will enjoy the broad range of mitate in each of those genres.”


November 23 (Thu. Holiday) ー December 20 (Wed.), 2023



Opening Hours

9:30-17:00 (Last admission at 16:30)


Shiga Museum of Art Gallery1


Adults ‒ 540 (430)JPY
University & High School Students: 320JPY (260JPY)
Under High School Students: Free
Holders of a ID of physical disability, mental disability, or intellectual disability: Free
*Addmission Fees in ( ) are group rates for groups of 20 or more.
*Collection exhibition tickets allow access to Gallery 1, Ogura Yuki Corner, and Gallery 2.
◎Every Sunday is “Wooden House Specialty Store Taniguchi Komuten Free Sunday,” when the Collection exhibition is open to everyone free of charge.

Organized by

Shiga Museum of Art

Cooperation with

The Museum of Shiga Prefecture Biwako Bunkakan

Curated by

Ashitaka Ikuko (Shiga Museum of Art)