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Special Exhibition

Celebrating the 130th Anniversary of KOKKA and the 140th Anniversary of The Asahi Shimbun
Echoes of a Masterpiece: The Lineage of Beauty in Japanese Art

Cactus and Domestic Fowls (detail), by Ito Jakuchu, Edo period, 18th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Saifukuji, Osaka)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :April 13, 2018 (Fri) - May 27, 2018 (Sun)

A variety of dramatic stories surround the creation of what are now considered “masterpieces” in the history of Japanese art. Moreover, these masterpieces were passed down through the ages and led to the birth of other, extraordinary works of art. Bringing together approximately 120 of these artworks, including National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties from a wide breadth of regions and historical periods, this exhibition will uncover the stories surrounding their creation, explore the shared aesthetic sense they reflect, and study the influence they exerted on one another.

Upcoming JOMON: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan

Deep Bowl with Flame-like Ornamentation, From Sasayama site, Tokamachi, Niigata, Middle Jomon period, 3000-2000 BC (National Treasure, Tokamachi city (housed at Tokamachi City Museum)) Photo by Tadahiro Ogawa

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :July 3, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

The Jomon period is thought to have begun about 13,000 years ago. Its people relied mainly on hunting, fishing, and gathering for sustenance, while exercising their ingenuity in daily life by creating a variety of tools full of vigor and mysterious charm. Under the theme of “Jomon Beauty,” this exhibition presents outstanding works of art created in diverse regions of the Japanese archipelago from the beginning to the end of the Jomon period, shedding light on the techniques with which these works were created and the spirit imbued in them. Visitors are invited to witness this magnificent “surge of beauty,” which lasted approximately 10,000 years.

Upcoming Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2 :October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

This exhibition traces the creative activities of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) ― a French artist who drastically challenged the values of Western art ― mainly through works in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Featuring Duchamp’s works alongside Japanese art for comparison, the exhibition will also explore the meaning of this Japanese art, which was nurtured in social environments that differed from those of the West, as well as the aesthetic values it embodies, proposing new ways of enjoying its beauty.

Upcoming The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji, Kyoto: Masterpieces by Kaikei and Jokei

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery 3 & 4 :October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

Daiho’onji is an ancient temple that has stood in northern Kyoto since the early 13th century, the beginning of the Kamakura period. This exhibition will feature masterpieces of Kamakura-period sculpture such as the principle object of worship at Daiho’onji, the Buddha Sakyamuni—an image that is normally hidden from view—by Gyokai, a disciple of the renowned sculptor Kaikei; the 18 Disciples of Sakyamuni by Kaikei; and the Six Manifestations of Avalokitesvara by Higo Jokei.