April 21 (Tue) – May 24 (Sun), 2020
*Considering the current situation of the coronavirus COVID-19 infection, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts announces the cancellation of the exhibition “The Esthetics of Cha no Yu”.The Esthetics of Cha no Yu
The practice of drinking tea was introduced to Japan with Zen Buddhism during the Kamakura period. It formed into a tea culture in Japan over the Muromachi, Momoyama and Edo periods, reflecting Japanese esthetics of wabi and sabi. As the art of tea ceremony, or cha no yu, developed, many art pieces were appreciated and utilized for the practice. This exhibition will display masterpieces selected from the Idemitsu collection, from the viewpoint ofcha no yu. With items of arts and crafts, ranging from calligraphy, paintings, to ceramics such as karamono and raku tea bowls that Japanese cherished, we will introduce the variety of art related to cha no yu.
June 6 (Sat) – July 12 (Sun), 2020
*Considering the current situation of the coronavirus COVID-19 infection, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts announces the cancellation of the exhibition “Hand PaintedUkiyo-e”.Hand Painted Ukiyo-e — From Moronobu to Shunshō, Utamaro and Hokusai
Ukiyo-e colored the history of art of the Edo period. Generally, prints are its well-known form, but from the 17th to 19th centuries, many of the ukiyo-e artists not only made sketches for prints but also left original paintings that required engagement in every step of the production. This exhibition will approach the creative power of expressive techniques, which were unraveled by discoveries from conservation work of recent years. We hope that you will enjoy through this show, the brilliance of color, as well as the lively brushwork distinctive to hand painted ukiyo-e.
July 18 (Sat) –September 6 (Sun), 2020
*Considering the current situation of the coronavirus COVID-19 infection, the Idemitsu Museum of Arts announces the cancellation of the exhibition “Painted Folding Screens,Byōbu-e”.Painted Folding Screens, Byōbu-e — Brilliance of the Japanese Esthetic
Byōbu, literally, is a screen to prevent wind from blowing into a room, and its broad painting surface was ideal for painting. The gorgeous painted folding screens colored the lives of the Japanese people and decorated their ceremonial occasions. They became a representative form of Japanese painting that gained popularity outside of Japan as well. This exhibition will feature its appeal and show the phases of its unique development through brilliant examples of yamato-e, genre paintings, and rakuchū rakugai zu (paintings of scenes in and around Kyoto).
September 19 (Sat) –December 20 (Sun), 2020The Flower of Edo Paintings
Part I: Extreme Beauty of Jakuchū and Edo Paintings
September 19 (Sat) —November 3 (Tue), 2020
Part II: Sophisticated Art of Ōkyo and Edo Rimpa
November 7 (Sat) — December 20 (Sun), 2020
About eighty masterpieces from the newly acquired former Etsuko and Joe Price Collection (Price Foundation) will be selected for exhibition in two parts. Part I features pieces such as the epoch-making Chōjū Kaboku Zu Byōbu (Mosaic Screens of Birds, Animals and Flowering Plants) by Itō Jakuchū, as well as the masterpieces of hand-painted ukiyo-e and genre paintings that show detailed depiction and rich expression. In Part II, you will be able to enjoy the world of Maruyama Ōkyo who led the Kyoto painting circle, and his disciples, and the sophistication of Edo Rimpa represented by Sakai Hōitsu and Suzuki Kiitsu.
January 9 (Sat) –February 11 (Tue), 2021Commemorating the 270th Anniversary of Birth
100 Masterpieces Selected of Sengai
The year 2020 marks the 270th year of birth of Sengai. To commemorate this special year, 100 masterpieces including, “Hotei (Budai) Pointing at the Moon,” “The Universe” and “The Willow,” are carefully selected for this ultimate show. It will be a show in which you will be able to encounter paintings and warm messages by Sengai and also discover the real image of this mon, yet not revealed, which will satisfy not only the enthusiasts but also the beginners, hoping to meet the expectations of every fan.
February 20 (Sat) –March 28 (Sun), 2021Ceramics of the East — Artistic Exchange in Asian Art
Masterpieces from the ceramics collection of the Museum, featuring items from Japan, China and the Korean peninsula will be displayed. From the old days, Asian people created a variety of ceramics, such as celadon, white porcelain and iro-e (overglaze enameled ware), and developed their own ceramic culture as a result of exchange with other countries. This exhibition will focus on the the exchange and introduce the appeal of Asian ceramics. There will also be a special section honoring the achievements of the researcher of ceramics, Koyama Fujio (1900–1975).