Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan
October 16, 2016–January 8, 2017
Main Exhibition Galleries, East Building


Hasegawa Sadanobu III, Japanese, 1881–1963; The Three Heroic Bombers, 1932, engraved by Fujikawa Zōsai, Japanese, active early 20th century, printed by Negita Mannen, Japanese, active early 20th century; published by Murai Jirōkichi, Japanese, active early 20th century; Shōwa period, (1926–1989)
Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan will showcase extraordinary visual material documenting Japan's rise as a military power in East Asia, starting with the Meiji Restoration in 1868, then depicting events of the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), two wars between Japan and its imperial neighbors China and Russia.

The exhibition focuses on the confidence that Japan gained from its victories against these two nations through a wide variety of vividly illustrated artistic works: paintings on folding screens and hanging scrolls, drawings and sketchbooks, color woodblock prints, lithographs, stereographs, illustrated books and magazines, postcards, trade cards, game boards, textiles, and other materials.

The exhibition is possible due to the generous gift of 1,357 Japanese prints and related works of art given to the Saint Louis Art Museum in 2010 by local donors, Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt.

Conflicts of Interest is organized by the Saint Louis Art Museum and curated by Philip Hu, associate curator-in-charge of Asian art, in collaboration with Rhiannon Paget, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art. Conflicts of Interest will be on view in the Main Exhibition Galleries from October 16, 2016—January 8, 2017.