Chanoyu - The Arts of Tea Ceremony, The Essence of Japan
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.”
Celebrating 130 Years of Amity between Japan and Thailand
Thailand: Brilliant Land of the Buddha
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.
Modeled on the Japanese certification of “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “Master of Art”
September 12, 2017 (Tue) - November 26, 2017 (Sun)
Modeled on the Japanese certification of “Living National Treasure,” the French equivalent, called “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. The purpose of this certification is to preserve and pass down traditional craftsmanship to future generations while promoting innovation. 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. Visitors are invited to view and experience outstanding craftsmanship and tradition, as well as splendid beauty that will inspire future generations.
Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture
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.
Ninnaji and the Buddhas of Omuro Temples (tentative title)
January 16, 2018 (Tue) - March 11, 2018 (Sun)
Ninnaji, the head temple of the Omuro branch of the Shingon sect, was founded by the devotion of Emperor Koko in 886 (Ninna 2), and was completed under the following Emperor Uda in 888 (Ninna 4). Following generations of emperors became followers of the temple. Today, the temple is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the “Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto.” This exhibition features treasures of Ninnaji, together with Buddhist sculptures and other precious artifacts preserved at temples of the Omuro branch.
|Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum||Honkan||
2017/3/14 - 2017/4/9
|Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum||Toyokan||
2017/9/5 - 2017/10/15
|New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum||Honkan||
2018/1/2 - 2018/1/28
|Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum||Honkan||
2018/3/13 - 2018/4/8
National Treasure GalleryPage Top
Exceptional work of painting and calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be exhibit on this Gallery.
|National Treasure||Merrymaking under Blossom Trees||By Kano Naganobu||Edo period, 17th century||Room 2, Honkan||2017/3/14 - 2017/4/9|
|National Treasure||Jeweled Pagoda Mandala, Sovereign Kings of the Golden Light Sutra written in gold to form the pagoda||Heian period, 12th century||Lent by Daichojuin, Iwate||Room 2, Honkan||2017/4/11 - 2017/5/7|
|National Treasure||Lotus Sutra, Vol. 1, Known as "Sensoji kyo"||Heian period, 11th century||Lent by Sensoji, Tokyo||Room 2, Honkan||2017/5/9 - 2017/6/4|
|National Treasure||Documents Related to the Priest Enchin, Document from the Ministry of Civil Administration appointing Enchin as an attendant monk||Heian period, dated 850 (Kasho 3)||Room 2, Honkan||2017/6/6 - 2017/7/2|
|National Treasure||Illustrated Biography of the Founders of the Kegon Sect: Chapter on Gangyo (Wonhyo), Vol. 2||Kamakura period, 13th century||Lent by Kosanji, Kyoto||Room 2, Honkan||2017/7/4 - 2017/7/30|
|National Treasure||Engishiki (Rules and regulations concerning ceremonies and other events), Vol. 4, Written on the reverse side of another document||Heian period, 11th century||Room 2, Honkan||2017/8/1 - 2017/8/27|
|National Treasure||Illustrated Biography of Priest Ippen, Vol. 7||By Priest En’i||Kamakura period, dated 1299||Room 2, Honkan||2017/8/29 - 2017/9/24|
|National Treasure||Lotus Sutra,
Myoshogon'o honji hon chapter; known as "Jikoji kyo"
|Kamakura period, 13th century||Lent by Jikoji, Saitama||Room 2, Honkan||2017/9/26 - 2017/10/22|
|National Treasure||Sixteen Arhats: Eighth Arhat, Twelfth Arhat||Heian period, 11th century||Room 2, Honkan||2017/10/24 - 2017/11/19|
|National Treasure||Man'yo shu Poetry Anthology, Genryaku Version, Vols. 7 and 19,
Known as "Furukawa bon"
|Heian period, 11th century||Room 2, Honkan||2017/11/21 - 2017/12/25|
|National Treasure||Sakyamuni Rising from the Gold Coffin||Heian period, 11th century||Lent by the Kyoto National Museum||Room 2, Honkan||2018/1/2 - 2018/1/28|
|National Treasure||Kengu Kyo (Buddhist Scripture), Known as "Ojomu"||Nara period, 8th century||Room 2, Honkan||2018/1/30 - 2018/3/11|
|National Treasure||Merrymaking under Blossom Trees||By Kano Naganobu||Edo period, 17th century||Room 2, Honkan||2018/3/13 - 2018/4/8|
Past Exhibitions (By fiscal year)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2016 (April, 2016 - March, 2017)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2015 (April, 2015 - March, 2016)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2014 (April, 2014 - March, 2015)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2013 (April, 2013 - March, 2014)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2012 (April, 2012 - March, 2013)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2011 (April, 2011 - March, 2012)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2010 (April, 2010 - March, 2011)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2009 (April, 2009 - March, 2010)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2008 (April, 2008 - March, 2009)
- Tokyo National Museum Special Exhibitions 2007 (April, 2007 - March, 2008)
- Past Special Exhibitions