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Special Exhibition

Chanoyu - The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan

Tea Bowl, Shino type, Known as Unohanagaki (“deutzia shrubs”), Azuchi-Momoyama – Edo period, 16th–17th century, Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo (National Treasure)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :April 11, 2017 (Tue) - June 4, 2017 (Sun)

This major exhibition will focus on how the arts of the tea ceremony evolved from the Muromachi period to modernity. This will be the largest exhibition of its kind since Arts of the Tea Ceremony, which was held at Tokyo National Museum in 1980. We hope that visitors, by witnessing masterpieces of the tea ceremony from various historical periods, and attuning themselves to the sensibilities of the people who used them, will be able to experience the “Essence of Japan.”

Upcoming Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand
Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :July 4, 2017 (Tue) - August 27, 2017 (Sun)

Commemorating the 130th year of diplomatic ties between Japan and Thailand, the two countries collaborated with concerted efforts on this exhibition. Throughout the long history of Thailand, Buddhism was in closely tied with the people’s daily lives. A diverse Buddhist culture flourished, and extravagant works of fine and applied arts were produced. This exhibition gathers a choice selection of Buddhist art, together with treasures that are rarely exhibited outside the country, to introduce the role of Buddhism in the development of cultures in Thailand.

Upcoming Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :September 26, 2017 (Tue) - November 26, 2017 (Sun)

In Japan, no Buddhist sculptor is better known than Unkei. With his extraordinary artistic talent, he led a new era in sculptural expression, creating realistic works that appear before the viewer as though they were alive. For this Special Exhibition, Unkei’s masterpieces have been brought together from across Japan. These include works from Kohfukuji temple in Nara, with which he had close relations. In addition to presenting an overview of Unkei’s life as a sculptor, the origins of Unkei’s remarkable style and its transmission will also be explored through the inclusion of works by his father, Kokei, as well as his sons, Tankei and Koben.