Exhibition Schedule

Current Exhibition

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April 23 (Sat) – June 5 (Sun), 2022

National Treasure “Minuyo-no-Tomo” and the Beauty of kohitsu
*The museum is closed on Monday.
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The excellent calligraphy of Heian and Kamakura periods has been cherished as kohitsu (literally, old calligraphy). kohitsu generally refers to fine calligraphy of waka poems, but more widely it refers to various forms and styles of calligraphy including shakyō(hand-copied Buddhist sutras) and tales, writing on kaishi and tanzaku (paper for poetry), diaries and letters. The use of colorfully decorated ryōshi paper and elegant lines of scripts show the esthetic of the period. In later periods, they were divided into fragments and made into kakejiku (hanging scrolls) and tekagami (albums of fragments or detached segments), delighting the eyes of many. In this exhibition, we will introduce the beautiful world of kohitsu and present National Treasure “Minoyu-no-Tomo” for the first time after its restoration.

National Treasure “Minuyo-no-Tomo” and the Beauty of kohitsu

Exhibitions

2022.4~2023.3

April 23 (Sat) – June 5 (Sun), 2022
National Treasure “Minuyo-no-Tomo” and the Beauty of kohitsu

The excellent calligraphy of Heian and Kamakura periods has been cherished as kohitsu (literally, old calligraphy). kohitsu generally refers to fine calligraphy of waka poems, but more widely it refers to various forms and styles of calligraphy including shakyō(hand-copied Buddhist sutras) and tales, writing on kaishi and tanzaku (paper for poetry), diaries and letters. The use of colorfully decorated ryōshi paper and elegant lines of scripts show the esthetic of the period. In later periods, they were divided into fragments and made into kakejiku (hanging scrolls) and tekagami (albums of fragments or detached segments), delighting the eyes of many. In this exhibition, we will introduce the beautiful world of kohitsu and present National Treasure “Minoyu-no-Tomo” for the first time after its restoration.

Introduction to Ceramics -Enjoying Color, Design and Form

June 18 (Sat) – August 21 (Sun), 2022Commemorating the 150th Year of His Birth
Itaya Hazan -A New World of Ceramics Transcending Space and Time

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Itaya Hazan (real name: Kashichi, 1872-1963), who is known as one of the pioneers of modern ceramic art, the Museum will present a retrospective exhibition featuring his life and works. In addition to experimenting sculptural patterns and various underglaze techniques, Hazan was an early adopter of the Art Nouveau style popular in Europe at the time and created new expressions of design in Japanese ceramics. He also studied ancient Chinese ceramics, producing his original celadon and white porcelain works. In this exhibition, we will introduce the everlasting charm of Hazan’s art through the transition of his works. .

Commemorating the 150th Year of His Birth

September 3 (Sat) – October 16 (Sun), 2022All about Sengai

Sengai (1750-1837) was a zen monk active in Hakata (present-day Fukuoka), Kyūshū during the Edo period. From the Museum’s vast collection, this exhibition features representative works such as “Hotei (Budai) Pointing at the Moon”, “The Universe”, “The Willow”, “Mazu and Linji” and still many others, making this the definitive and ultimate exhibition of Sengai. It will be a show in which you will be able to encounter Sengai’s paintings and calligraphy, to feel his stoic yet heart-warming messages, and to also discover his real image. We hope this exhibition will satisfy not only Sengai enthusiasts but also the beginners, hoping to meet the expectations of every fan.

The Esthetics of Cha no Yu

October 29 (Sat) – December 18 (Sun), 2022Intertwining Beauty and Creation -Interinfluence in Ceramic Art of East and West

Rich in variety, the ceramics have enriched people’s lives with their unique forms and exotic designs. Not only are they rooted in the local cultures and climates, but they have also created fascinating cultures as people from Asia and Europe have interacted and been attracted to each other’s beautiful decorations and techniques. This exhibition invites all to the world of the beauty of ceramics born through the exchange between the East and West throughout the ancient to modern times, including Japanese, Chinese, Islamic ceramics, Meissen and Sèvres porcelain, as well as works of artists like Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) and Itaya Hazan (1872-1963).

Hand Painted Ukiyo-e — From Moronobu to Shunshō, Utamaro and Hokusai

January 7 (Sat) – March 26 (Sun), 2023The Splendor of Edo Painting
Part I: January 7 (Sat) – February 12 (Sun), 2023 Itō Jakuchū and Edo Painting
Part II: February 21 (Tue) – March 26 (Sun), 2023 Kyoto art world and Edo Rimpa

The works collected by American collectors of Japanese art, Etsuko and Joe Price (Price Foundation) have been added to the Museum’s collection. This exhibition features works by Itō Jakuchū (1716-1800) and Maruyama Ōkyo (1733-95) who vividly colored the Kyoto art world in the 18th century as well as paintings by Sakai Hōitsu (1761-1828) who led the Edo Rimpa school. The exhibition will be held in two parts. The Edo period was a time of great prosperity in the history of Japanese painting with these prominent painters competing against each other. We hope you will enjoy the brilliant world of the gorgeous paintings by the master artists of the time.

Painted Folding Screens, Byōbu-e — Brilliance of the Japanese Esthetic
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