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Unkei - The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture

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.

General Information

Period Tuesday, September 26 - Sunday, November 26, 2017
Venue Heiseikan, Tokyo National Museum (Ueno Park)
Hours 9:30 - 17:00, Fridays, Saturdays and November 2 until 21:00
(Last entry 30 minutes before closing)
Closed Mondays (Except for Monday, October 9)
Admission Adults: 1600 (1400/1300) yen
University students: 1200 (1000/900) yen
High school students: 900 (700/600) yen
Junior high school students and under: Free 
* Prices shown in parentheses indicate advance and group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities are admitted free with one accompanying person each (please present an ID at the ticket booth).

Advance tickets will be on sale at the museum ticket booths (during museum opening hours excluding the last 30 minutes) and other major ticketing agencies from July 1, 2017 to September 25, 2017.
* Advance pair tickets (two admissions, 2600 yen) will be on sale major ticketing agencies from May 2 to May 31, 2017.

Special exhibitions "The Living Treasures of France" (Tuesday, September 12 - Sunday, November 26, 2017 Hyokeikan) requires separate admission fees.
Access 10 minutes' walk from JR Ueno Station (Park exit) and Uguisudani Station
15 minutes' walk from Keisei Ueno Station, Tokyo Metro Ueno Station and Tokyo Metro Nezu Station
Organizers Tokyo National Museum, Kohfukuji, The Asahi Shimbun, TV Asahi Corporation
With the Sponsorship of Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd., KAJIMA CORPORATION, East Japan Railway Company, Daiwa Securities Group Inc., Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
With the Cooperation of  Kanagawa Prefectural Kanazawa-Bunko Museum, Shogakukan Inc.
With the Support of TOKYO FM
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600  (Hello Dial)
Exhibition Website (In Japanese)


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Related Exhibition

 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 sculptors inherited and transformed the style of Unkei in the Kamakura period (1192–1333).