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5000 years of Japanese Art


Aiming to promote the understanding of Japanese history and culture in order to develop friendly international relationships, the Agency for Cultural Affairs holds exhibitions of Japanese art in countries abroad every year. This year, as part of this project, an exhibition entitled "5000 Years of Japanese Art" will be held at The Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
This exhibition introduces the flowers of Japanese art that spans about 5000 years from Jomon period to Edo period, focuses on Tokyo National Museum's collection including 2 National Treasures and 3 Important Cultural Properties.

Exhibition Title: 5000 Years of Japanese Art
Dates: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - Monday, June 28, 2010
Venue: The Topkapi Palace Museum (Turkey)
Organizers: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo National Museum, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism

A Thousand Years of Color: Masterworks of Chinese Painting from the Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties


The period from the Tang to the Song and Yuan dynasties saw the standard genres of Chinese painting emerge. Courtly paintings and literati paintings also flourished, leading the way for the painting trends of the Ming and Qing dynasties. From the Tang and Song dynasties onward, Chinese paintings brought to Japan greatly influenced developments in Japanese painting.
The Chinese paintings which spread throughout Japan include many outstanding works which hold an important position in Chinese painting history.
Selected masterworks of Chinese painting preserved in Japan will travel back to their homeland for this exhibition, which will coincide with Expo 2010 Shanghai China and the ICOM (International Council of Museums) 2010 General Conference in November to promote cultural exchange between China and Japan.

The exhibition, "Ganjin and Kukai: Commemorating Cultural Exhange between China and Japan" will also be on view at the Shanghai Museum over the same period, providing an excellent opportunity to explore cultural connections between the two countries through outstanding works of art.

Title: "A Thousand Years of Color: Masterworks of Chinese Painting from the Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties"
Dates: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Venue: Shanghai Museum (China)
Organizers: Tokyo National Museum, Shanghai Museum