Exhibition Schedule

Current Exhibition

Iro-e — Japan CUTE !

January 12 (Fri) - March 25 (Sun), 2018

Iro-e
— Japan CUTE !
*The museum is closed on Monday except February 12, 2018

Iro-e, ceramics with polychrome overglaze enamels, flourished as colorful ceramics during the Edo period. It is represented by porcelain such as Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima, as well as by the ceramics ofKyōyaki ceramicists, Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan. The fashion-conscious Kokutani ware arranged designs of kosode. The design-oriented Kakiemon won world popularity especially attracting the western royalty and nobility. The subtle feelings of the seasons characterized the Nabeshima ware and it was presented as gifts to the shōgun (supreme warrior leader). The kawaii cuteness and literary characteristics decoratedKyōyaki. All are distinguishing features of the multi-faceted Japanese culture reflected in the gorgeous world of iro-e.

Iro-e — Japan CUTE !

Exhibitions

2017.4~2018.3

January 12 (Fri) - March 25 (Sun), 2018Iro-e — Japan CUTE !

Iro-e, ceramics with polychrome overglaze enamels, flourished as colorful ceramics during the Edo period. It is represented by porcelain such as Kokutani, Kakiemon and Nabeshima, as well as by the ceramics ofKyōyaki ceramicists, Nonomura Ninsei and Ogata Kenzan. The fashion-conscious Kokutani ware arranged designs of kosode. The design-oriented Kakiemon won world popularity especially attracting the western royalty and nobility. The subtle feelings of the seasons characterized the Nabeshima ware and it was presented as gifts to the shōgun (supreme warrior leader). The kawaii cuteness and literary characteristics decoratedKyōyaki. All are distinguishing features of the multi-faceted Japanese culture reflected in the gorgeous world of iro-e.

Iro-e — Japan CUTE !

2018.4~2019.3

April 21 (Sat) – June 10 (Sun), 2018Song Ceramics — Utensils of Sublime Beauty

Ceramics from the Song dynasty are considered to have achieved the peak of beauty in Chinese ceramic history. The wares from the official Guan, Jingdezhen and Ding kilns, with single colored glaze of blue or white have fascinated the people of later periods with their simple but clean refined form and sublime beauty. On the other hand, Cizhou and Jizhou kilns created a variety of hand painted ceramics with distinct color effects, developing lively and humorous designs. This exhibition will introduce the diverse world of Song ceramics filled with elegant and sublime, as well as approachable beauty.

Song Ceramics — Utensils of Sublime Beauty

June 16 (Sat) – July 22 (Sun), 2018Commemorating 900th Year of Memorial Ceremony for the Poet Hitomaro
Immortal Poets and Kohitsu Calligraphy

The world of waka poetry is the symbol of aristocratic culture. During the Heian period, aristocrats expressed their feelings and esthetics through poetry. Especially poets who were selected to become “immortal poets” were depicted in paintings, their poetry transmitted to later generations in elegant kana calligraphy. The leading figure of immortal poets was Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, and the painting of his figure was displayed in the toko space as the tutelary deity of poetry. This year marks the 900th year of Hitomaro Eigu, the memorial ceremony of homage to Hitomaro. Commemorating this special year, masterpieces of paintings of immortal poets such as the Satake version of the “Painting of Thirty–six Immortal Poets” which is designated as the Important Cultural Property, together with other calligraphy of poetry by immortal poets will be displayed.

Commemorating 900th Year of Memorial Ceremony for the Poet Hitomaro Immortal Poets and Kohitsu Calligraphy

July 28 (Sat) – September 9 (Sun), 2018Folding Screens of “Famous Views of Edo” and the Lures of the Colorful City

The city of Edo developed rapidly since the relocation of the domain for and founding of the shogunate by Tokugawa Ieyasu. One of the paintings that captured the prosperity of Edo, “Famous Views of Edo” is an important piece which reveals the appearance of the city prior to the Fire of Meireki 3 (1657). In the painting, we can observe people at work, enjoying the pleasure quarters, and the richly depicted scenes of everyday life. This exhibition features these colorful folding screens, designated as the Important Cultural Property in 2015, together with other pieces taking Edo as theme. We hope that you will enjoy the liveliness of the people living in the new city full of energy.

Folding Screens of “Famous Views of Edo” and the Lures of the Colorful City

September 15 (Sat) – October 28 (Sun), 2018Admiration for Sengai

Zen Priest Sengai (1750–1837) is known for his Zen paintings, full of humor. It is to be noted that most of the works were painted after reaching sixty years of age, during the twenty-five years he lived in seclusion at Kyohaku-in, located in the corner of the temple Shōfuku-ji. Themes he selected were not only from Zen, but also from genre scenes, landscapes, animals and plants, covering a wide range of subject matter. He lived a life of happy retirement. We will explore Sengai's paintings, characterized by the term muhō (free from all rules and constraints), and approach his inner spirit through his works.

Admiration for Sengai

November 3 (Sat) – December 16 (Sun), 2018The Refinement of Edo Paintings
— Fascinations of the Eighteenth Century

18th century Japan enjoyed the greatest prosperity after the economic advances of the Genroku period. The city of Edo became a megalopolis with a population of one million, and cities of Osaka and Kyoto developed as well. In the center of these cities, with culture of the merchant class maturing in the background, new genres of paintings such as ukiyo-e were created. And at the same time, it is also during the 18th century that the poet-literati masters enjoyed a spiritual life in the utopian “high mountains and deep valleys,” leading an ascetic life even though living in the midst of these cities. This exhibition will feature paintings that show multiple expressions in 18th century Edo.

The Refinement of Edo Paintings — Fascinations of the Eighteenth Century

January 12 (Sat) – March 24 (Sun), 2019Sometsuke — The Flowering World of Blue and White Ceramics

Sometsuke or blue and white ware are ceramics on which underglaze designs are applied in blue, on white background. Together with the charm of the pure blue color, there is also a functional advantage in these ceramics where painting beneath the glaze makes it difficult for the design to come off. Having both top qualities of beauty and utility, sometsuke developed widely in many areas of the world, from China, Korea, Japan, Middle East to Europe. It was cherished in the Chinese court, used in Japanese cha no yu tea ceremony, as well as used by commoners during the Edo period as depicted in ukiyo-e painting. This show will provide a chance to enjoy the diverse world of sometsuke in various sections featuring different countries, time-periods and communities.

Sometsuke — The Flowering World of Blue and White Ceramics
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