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Special Exhibitions

 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
April 13, 2018 (Fri) - May 27, 2018 (Sun)

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

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.

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

 

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 JOMON: 10,000 Years of Prehistoric Art in Japan
July 3, 2018 (Tue) - September 2, 2018 (Sun)

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

The Jomon period is believed to have begun about 13,000 years ago. Hunting, fishing, and gathering were the primary means of sustenance for the people of this period. Exercising their ingenuity in their daily lives, the Jomon people created various tools that are full of vigor and mysterious charm. Under the theme of “Jomon beauty,” this exhibition showcases outstanding artworks created in various regions of the Japanese archipelago from the beginning to the end of the Jomon period, shedding light on the technique and spirit expressed in these works. Visitors are invited to witness this magnificent “surge of beauty” that lasted 10,000 years.

Photo: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

 

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 Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art
October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art

This exhibition traces the creative activities of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) ― a French artist who drastically challenged the values of Western art ― mainly through his works in The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection from 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.

 

 

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 The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji: Masterpieces by Kaikei and Jokei
October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

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

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.

 

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 Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy
January 16, 2019 (Wed) - February 24, 2019 (Sun)

Timeless Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy

During the Tang dynasty of China (618–907), three great calligraphers–Ouyang Xun, Yu Shinan, and Chu Suiliang–perfected the style known as "standard script." While inheriting the tradition they established, Yan Zhenqing (709–785) succeeded in establishing his own style of calligraphy, which would have tremendous influence for ages to come. Bringing together exquisite works from collections in Japan and abroad, this exhibition will explore Yan Zhenqing and his work, its influence on future generations, and its reception in Japan.

 

 

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Regular Exhibition

EventsPage Top

Title Venue Date
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2018/3/13- 2018/4/8
Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum Toyokan
2018/9/4- 2018/9/30
New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2019/1/2 - 2019/1/27
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2019/3/12 - 2018/4/7

National Treasure GalleryPage Top

Exceptional work of painting and calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be exhibit on this Gallery.

Designation Name Creation Excavation Period Acquisition
Ownership
Room On exhibit
National Treasure Merrymaking under Blossom Trees By Kano Naganobu (1577-1654) Edo period, 17th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/3/13 – 2018/4/8
National Treasure Lotus SutraKnown as "Kunoji kyo"; Hoben bon chapter   Heian period, 12th century Lent by Tesshuji, Shizuoka Room 2, Honkan 2018/4/10 – 2018/5/13
National Treasure Senzui Byobu (Screen with landscape painting for Buddhist rituals)   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Jingoji, Kyoto Room 2, Honkan 2018/5/15 – 2018/6/3
National Treasure Wakatai jisshu (Treatise on poetry)   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/6/5 – 2018/7/8
National Treasure Gunsho chiyo (Qunshu zhiyao), Vol. 31   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/7/10 – 2018/8/5
National Treasure Documents Relating to Ordination of Priest Denkyo Daishi   Heian period, 9th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/8/7 – 2018/9/2
National Treasure Sixteen Arhats: First Arhat, Fifth Arha   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/9/4 – 2018/9/30
National Treasure Kokuzo Bosatsu (Akasagarbha)   Heian period, 12th century   Room 2, Honkan 2018/10/2 – 2018/10/28
National Treasure Hokan shu, Volume 2   Heian-Nanbokucho period, 12th-14th century Lent by Kongobuji, Wakayama Room 2, Honkan 2018/10/30 – 2018/11/25
National Treasure Patriarch of the Tendai School Zenmui (Subhakarasimha)   Heian period, 11th century Lent by Ichijoji, Hyogo Room 2, Honkan 2018/11/27 – 2018/12/9
National Treasure Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tohaku (1539-1610) Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/1/2 – 2019/1/14
National Treasure Engishiki (detailed rules of the Ritsuryo Statute)   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/1/16 – 2019/2/11
National Treasure Amida (Amitabha) Coming over the Mountain   Kamakura period, 13th century Lent by Zenrinji, Kyoto Room 2, Honkan 2019/2/13 – 2019/3/10
National Treasure Merrymaking under Blossom Trees By Kano Naganobu (1577-1654) Edo period, 17th century   Room 2, Honkan 2019/3/12 – 2019/4/7