The Western-style painter Murai Masanari (1905-1999) explored a unique form of abstract expression distinguished by its open-hearted and warm qualities. After coming into contact with the latest artistic trends in France, Murai helped form the Jiyu Bijutsuka Kyokai (Free Artists’ Association) and the Modern Art Association. In 1938, he built a studio in the Nakamachi neighborhood of Setagaya and continued his work there. Although Murai is best known as a pioneer of abstract painting, he was also an educator who stressed the importance of teaching art to children as well as the creator of numerous three-dimensional works. While revisiting Murai’s entire career, this exhibition sheds light on the artist’s overall creative philosophy and also examines his role as a teacher and his non-painted works.