Special Exhibition

The Living Treasures of France

Modeled on the Japanese certification of “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called "Maitre d' Art" or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world introducing one artist from each of the fifteen fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feather, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper.

Special Exhibition

UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Unkei(?-1223) is the best known Buddhist sculptor in Japan. For this special exhibition, his masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan, including those works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations.

Special Exhibition

Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”

Thematic Exhibition

The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

This thematic exhibition explores how these sculptors inherited and transformed the style of Unkei in the Kamakura period (1192–1333).

Event

Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)

The Museum Garden behind Honkan (main building, Japanese Gallery) will be open to the public during the autumn season.

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Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students 2017

On Friday, November 3, 2017, foreign students will be admitted free to all regular exhibitions. Come and learn more about Japanese traditional art and culture! The Cultural Exchange Day is designed for students studying in Japan from abroad to enjoy and deepen their understanding about Japanese art and culture.

Special Exhibition

The Living Treasures of France

Special Exhibition

UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Special Exhibition

Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

Thematic Exhibition

The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

Event

Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)

event

Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students 2017

Special Exhibition
The Living Treasures of France

The Living Treasures of France

Hyokeikan September 12, 2017 (Tue)-November 26, 2017 (Sun)

Modeled on the Japanese certification of “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called "Maitre d' Art" or “Master of Art,” was established in 1994 by the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, the ministry in charge of cultural and artistic affairs. This is the first exhibition of its kind in the world introducing one artist from each of the fifteen fields, including ceramics, glass, leather, tortoiseshell, feather, umbrellas, fans, and wallpaper.

Special Exhibition
UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Heiseikan September 26, 2017 (Tue)-November 26, 2017 (Sun)

Unkei(?-1223) is the best known Buddhist sculptor in Japan. For this special exhibition, his masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan, including those works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations.

Special Exhibition
Treasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

UpcomingTreasures from Ninnaji Temple and Omuro

Heiseikan January 16, 2018 (Tue)-March 11, 2018 (Sun)

This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.”

Thematic Exhibition
Thematic Exhibition
The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

The Influence of the Buddhist Sculptor Unkei: With a Focus on Koen and Zen’en

Honkan Room 14 August 29, 2017 (Tue)-December 3, 2017 (Sun)

This thematic exhibition explores how these sculptors inherited and transformed the style of Unkei in the Kamakura period (1192–1333).

Event
Event
Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)

Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)

The Garden October 24, 2017 (Tue)-December 3, 2017 (Sun)

The Museum Garden behind Honkan (main building, Japanese Gallery) will be open to the public during the autumn season.

event
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Cultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students 2017

UpcomingCultural Exchange Day for Foreign Students 2017

Honkan, Heiseikan, Okyokan and Kujokan (The Garden), etc. November 3, 2017 (Fri)-November 3, 2017 (Fri)

On Friday, November 3, 2017, foreign students will be admitted free to all regular exhibitions. Come and learn more about Japanese traditional art and culture! The Cultural Exchange Day is designed for students studying in Japan from abroad to enjoy and deepen their understanding about Japanese art and culture.

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Which of the Divine Generals would you choose as your guardian deity? Please select one from among the Twelve Divine Generals from Joruriji temple, Kyoto.

These Twelve Divine Generals (Important Cultural Properties) are exhibited at the special exhibition, Unkei: The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture (September 26–November 26, 2017). You may have your own personal impressions of them – some of the statues might resemble people you know; you may feel a connection with the general whose zodiac sign is the same as yours; or you may like a specific general for no particular reason. From among the Twelve Divine Generals, which are now in the collection of the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo, and the Tokyo National Museum, which would you choose?

 

List of Entries

Twelve Divine Generals, formerly passed down at Joruriji temple, Kyoto, Kamakura period, 13th century (Important Cultural Properties)
Lent by the Seikado Bunko Art Museum, Tokyo:
1. Shishin (Rat), 2. Chushin (Ox), 3. Inshin (Tiger), 4. Boshin (Rabbit), 7. Goshin (Horse), 10. Yushin (Rooster), 12. Gaishin (Boar)
Tokyo National Museum collection:
5. Shinshin (Dragon), 6. Shishin (Snake), 8. Mishin (Sheep), 9. Shinshin (Monkey), 11. Jutsushin (Dog)

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12. Gaishin (Boar)
7. Goshin (Horse)
11. Jutsushin (Dog)
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13-9 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-8712, Japan
15 minutes from Ueno Station
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Admissions

Adults: 620 (520) yen,University Students: 410 (310) yen
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