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Special Exhibition

National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :March 26, 2019 (Tue) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

This comprehensive exhibition will present cultural properties handed down at To-ji, with a focus on the numerous treasured articles associated with Kukai himself. The Lecture Hall of To-ji houses Kukai’s sculpture mandala, a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism. This exhibition will feature an unprecedented 15 of the mandala’s 21 sculptures, including 11 National Treasures and 4 Important Cultural Properties. Other magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative art representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in Esoteric Buddhism will also be displayed. We invite you to witness these priceless objects, passed down together with the teachings of Kukai for nearly 1,200 years at To-ji temple.

Masterpieces of Japanese Art: From Sesshu and Eitoku to Korin and Hokusai

Cypress Trees (detail), By Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, dated 1590 (Tokyo National Museum, National Tresure)

Honkan T5, T4, T2 & T1 :May 3, 2019 (Fri) - June 2, 2019 (Sun)

This special exhibition is being held as part of the “TSUMUGU PROJECT: Inheriting the Beauty of Japan”, a project that aims to protect and pass on the beauty of Japan that is inherent in the masterpieces of the Imperial Collections and National Treasures. The exhibition brings together superlative artworks by famous Japanese artists, including Sesshu Toyo, Ogata Korin, and Katsushika Hokusai. Furthermore, a masterpiece associated with the Imperial Family, Chinese Lions by Kano Eitoku, and the National Treasure, Cypress Trees, also by Eitoku in his final years, will be exhibited together throughout the entire exhibition period. We invite visitors to enjoy these renowned masterpieces of Japanese art, which stretch from the Heian period to the early modern period.