Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

Even Thousand-Year-Old Pines Eventually Rot: The Beauty of Nature in Painting


January 9 - February 7 , 2021


9:30–17:00 (Last entry 30 minutes before closing)


Mondays  (Except  January 11), January 12


Adults 300 (150) yen, University / High school students 200 (100) yen

* ( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more.

*Free for Junior high school students and under and those 65 years and older living in Osaka city. Please show proof of age (driver’s license, passport, etc.) when entering.


Pine trees grow thick and green even in the winter, and their long-unchanging appearance is a symbol of prosperity. However, even a pine that is a thousand years old will eventually die. Immutability is not the only thing of value; there is also beauty in fleeting moments. In China, nature and human life have always been associated with one another and expressed in painting. Nowadays, when everyday life has become quite unstable, it may be good to seek out hints of life within the aesthetic sensibilities of those who came before.

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Gu Dashen, Aged Pine and Swirling Waterfall (partial view)

Qing Dynasty, dated 1664, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, Abe Collection



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