Leo Lionni for everyone

Leo Lionni for everyone

2019.07.13(Sat)- 09.29(Sun)

End of the exhibition

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The story of “Swimmy,” the only black fish among his red brothers and sisters, is included in the elementary school textbook and is familiar to people all across Japan. The creator, Leo Lionni (1910–1999) worked in graphic design in Italy and the U.S.A. before stepping into the world of picture books for the first time with his work “Little Blue and Little Yellow.” His small main characters, such as the mouse “Frederick” and the inchworm from “Inch by Inch,” search for what they are, and the stories of their learning are illustrated using a variety of techniques including watercolors, oil painting, and collage. This exhibition will introduce Lionni’s turbulent life, continually moving through Europe and the United States, overlapping with his works. We will inform you of his wide range of activities, such as his work as a creator of picture books and an art director, his painting, and his sculpting, shedding light on his path to incorporating abstract impressionism in children’s picture books for the first time.


10:00-18:00 (Last admission by 17:30)


Days closed


New Year holidays,and periodically during changes of exhibits
※ open if it is a holiday
※ except July 15th , August 12th, September 16th and 23rd

Exhibition Calendar


personal groups
Adults 1,300yen 1,100yen
University Students with ID 900yen 700yen
High School Students with ID
(Ages 16 up to 18 )
Junior High School Students with ID
(Ages 13 up to 15 )
(under age 12 )
Free Free

※indicate discount rates for groups of 20 and more

Pick up

  • Matthew’s Dream

    © 1991 by Leo Lionni / Knopf

  • Swimmy

    © 1963 by Leo Lionni, renewed 1991 / Pantheon On Loan By The Slovak National Gallery

  • Frederick

    © 1967,renewed 1995 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon

  • Matthew’s Dream

    © 1991 by Leo Lionni / Knopf

  • Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse

    © 1969, renewed 1997 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon

  • Cornelius

    © 1983 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon

  • The Alphabet Tree

    © 1968, renewed 1996 by Leo Lionni / Pantheon

  • It’s Mine

    © 1985 by Leo Lionni / Knopf

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*Days when the museum closed are shown in the light color.