Anniversary Projects

The 50th Anniversary of the Normalization of Diplomatic Relations between Japan and China
Masterpieces of Chinese Art: Paintings and Calligraphy of the Song Dynasty and their Subsequent Reception and Development

September 21, 2022 (Wed) - November 13, 2022 (Sun)

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8

Every autumn, the Museum holds a thematic exhibition highlighting works from our collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China as well as the 150th anniversary of the Tokyo National Museum. To commemorate these events, this year’s exhibition features works that Japanese people have particularly admired over the centuries and date mainly from the Northern Song (960–1127) and Southern Song (1127–1279) dynasties. Works from later periods are also included to illustrate the impact of these earlier works.

Major Works in this Exhibition

Gravestone Epitaphs for the Wang Shi Er Family in Running Script (detail), By Huang Tingjian, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century
(On exhibit through October 16, 2022)

Three Works of Calligraphy in Running Script (detail), By Mi Fu, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th–12th century
(On exhibit from October 18, 2022)

Five Horses (detail), Li Gonglin, China, Northern Song dynasty, 11th century
(Important Art Object, On exhibit from October 18, 2022)