This exhibition features the "remaking" of traditions of the creative culture in modern Japan. Through the museum's modern art collection, including paintings, calligraphy, sculptures and decorative art objects, the exhibition explores how new expressions of East Asian classical themes and artistic techniques learned from the West were received in modern Japan. It also introduces how landscape paintings became refined and flower-and-bird paintings were re-established during that time.
The exhibition shows 55 masterpieces, including 6 works designated as Important Cultural Properties, of modern Japanese art created between the latter half of the Meiji era (1868–1912) and the beginning of the Showa era (1926–1989). This exhibition of modern Japanese art is one of the biggest of its kind in postwar America.
Exhibition Title: Remaking Tradition: Modern Art of Japan from the Tokyo National Museum
Dates: February 16, 2014 (Sun) - May 11, 2014 (Sun)
Venue: Kelvin & Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall (Cleveland Museum of Art)
Organizers: Cleveland Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum
Major works in this exhibition *All works are in the Tokyo National Museum Collection
Portrait of Reiko, By Kishida Ryusei, 1921 (Important Cultural Property)
Large Vase, Plum tree design in iron brown under yellow glaze, By Miyagawa Kozan I, 1892 (Important Cultural Property)
Maiko Girl, By Kuroda Seiki, 1893 (Important Cultural Property)
Cloisonne Plaque with Mt. Fuji, By Namikawa Sousuke, 1893 (Important Cultural Property)
Eagle, By Suzuki Chokichi, 1892 (Important Cultural Property)
Footed Bowl with Appliqued Crabs, With brown glaze, By Miyagawa Kozan I, 1881 (Important Cultural Property)
Photo: Maiko Girl, By Kuroda Seiki, 1893 (Important Cultural Property)