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.

Event

MYSTICAL ASIA at the Tokyo National Museum

Come and see mysterious objects from across Asia that were attributed with magical powers such as bringing good fortune and warding off evil spirits.

Thematic Exhibition

Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism and Its Sculpture

The Tokyo National Museum collection includes Tibetan Buddhist sculptures as well as numerous related objects created around Beijing in the Qing dynasty. From among these, the most distinctive artworks have been selected for this Thematic Exhibition in order to explore the rich world of Tibetan Buddhism and its influences.

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.

Special Exhibition

The Living Treasures of France

Special Exhibition

UNKEI - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Event

MYSTICAL ASIA at the Tokyo National Museum

Thematic Exhibition

Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism and Its Sculpture

Thematic Exhibition

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

Event

Museum Garden Opening (Autumn)

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

UpcomingUNKEI - 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.

Event
Event
MYSTICAL ASIA at the Tokyo National Museum

MYSTICAL ASIA at the Tokyo National Museum

Toyokan September 5, 2017 (Tue)-October 15, 2017 (Sun)

Come and see mysterious objects from across Asia that were attributed with magical powers such as bringing good fortune and warding off evil spirits.

Thematic Exhibition
Thematic Exhibition
Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism and Its Sculpture

Tibetan Esoteric Buddhism and Its Sculpture

Toyokan Room 12 September 5, 2017 (Tue)-October 15, 2017 (Sun)

The Tokyo National Museum collection includes Tibetan Buddhist sculptures as well as numerous related objects created around Beijing in the Qing dynasty. From among these, the most distinctive artworks have been selected for this Thematic Exhibition in order to explore the rich world of Tibetan Buddhism and its influences.

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)

UpcomingMuseum 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.

Open until 17:00
Open until 18:00
Open until 21:00
Special Hours
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Bit scary but do you want to see? Mystical objects best 12

Objects with mysterious power such as Lucky omen, Amulet, Curse etc, which are exhibited at "MYSTICAL ASIA at the Tokyo National Museum". Some objects have negative meanings, but all have wishes of people. Which objects do you want to see?

 

LIst of entries

1.  Mummy of Pasherienptah, Excavated at Thebes, Egypt, 22nd dynasty, ca. 945–730 BC (Gift of Egyptian Department of Antiquities) (Toyokan Room3, On exhibit to October 22, 2017)
2.  Standing Statue of Bes, Late period, ca. 664–332 BC (Toyokan Room3, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
3.  Jivajiva (Legendary bird), Yotkan, ChinaOtani collection, 5th century (Toyokan Room3, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
4.  "Eye Idol", Excavated at Tell Brak, Syria, Late Chalcolithic period, ca. 3800–3600 BC (Gift of Dr. Furusawa Shizuko) (Toyokan Room3, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
5.  Clothing Iron, China, Eastern Han dynasty, 1st–3rd century (Toyokan Room5, On exhibit to February 4, 2018)
6.  Tomb Guardian, Three-color glaze, China, Tang dynasty, 7th–8th century (Gift of Dr. Yokogawa Tamisuke) (Toyokan Room5, On exhibit to February 4, 2018)
7.  Four Immortals: Hanshan and Shide, Xiama and Tieguai, Attributed to Liu Jun, China, Ming dynasty, 16th century (Toyokan Room8, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
8.  Bronze Ornamental Fitting, With animals, Attributed provenance: Gyeongju, Korea, Early Iron Age-Proto Three Kingdoms period, 3rd–1st century BC (Important Art Object, Gift of the Ogura Foundation) (Toyokan Room10, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
9.  Standing Vajrabhairava with Consort, China, Qing dynasty, 17th–18th century (Gift of Ms. Azuma Fusako) (Toyokan Room12, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
10.  Coin Sword, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century (Gift of the Hokkaido Administration Office) (Toyokan Room13, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
11.  Mask, 19th–20th century (Gift of Dr. Neil Gordon Munro) (Toyokan Room13, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)
12.  Doll for Casting Curses, Discovered at Ueno Park, Tokyo, Meiji era, dated 1877 (Toyokan Room13, On exhibit to October 15, 2017)

 

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