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Change of Exhibits, Regular Exhibitions: Starting from June 11, 2024 (Tue)

Regular exhibitions at Tokyo National Museum are rotated almost every week. This page provides the latest information on the change of exhibits.
* Some works are exhibited for a longer period of time.

Japanese Gallery (Honkan)

 Image of "The Monk Śubhakarasiṃha" 
Room 2  June 11, 2024 (Tue) - July 7, 2024 (Sun)

This work is an important religious image and a rare example of portrait painting from 11th-century Japan. It depicts Śubhakarasiṃha, a renowned Indian monk who brought new Buddhist teachings to East Asia. Known in Japan as mikkyō (“hidden” or “secret” teachings), they are still widely practiced today.

In the painting, Śubhakarasiṃha bows his head in prayer while holding a scroll with sacred writings. Below him appears Vaiśravaṇa, a guardian god who protects the teachings of Buddhism. The painting conveys a feeling of deep religious devotion through Śubhakarasiṃha’s facial expression, with warm gradations giving his body a sense of life.

 Image of "The Art of Ukiyo–e | 17th–19th century" 
Room 10  June 11, 2024 (Tue) - July 7, 2024 (Sun)

Prints and paintings called ukiyo–e were the first genre of art enjoyed by common people on a large scale. Economic growth contributed to the creation of this genre in the 17th century. As living standards improved, common people developed an urban culture that was passionate about trends, fashion, and entertainment.

At first, ukiyo–e depicted the celebrities of the day, especially actors of the kabuki theater and courtesans of the pleasure quarters (the legal brothel district). The subject matter later expanded to include topics like seasonal festivals, travel spots, and landscapes.Techniques for making ukiyo–e also changed over time. Early ukiyo–e were painted by hand. Artisans later started carving images into blocks of wood and used these blocks to print ukiyo–e in large numbers. These black–and–white prints were much more affordable. As carving and printing techniques were refined, prints with a brilliant range of colors became possible.

 Image of "Historical Records" 
Room 15  June 11, 2024 (Tue) - August 4, 2024 (Sun)

Tokyo National Museum has more than artworks and archeological artifacts. The collection also includes records, which provide valuable insights into history and the cultures of different ethnic groups. This diversity stems from the Museum’s origins as a comprehensive institution in 1872. It was even home to animal, plant, and mineral specimens, although these were moved to the National Museum of Nature and Science in 1925.

The extensive collection of historical records at Tokyo National Museum now includes maps, diagrams, texts, photographs, ink rubbings, and copies of artworks. These items, dating mainly from the 17th to 20th century, shed light on politics, society, culture, transportation, and scenery in Japan. Here we display a selection of these items under different themes throughout the year.

Asian Gallery (Toyokan)

 Image of "Egypt and Western Asia" 
Room 3  June 11, 2024 (Tue) - September 8, 2024 (Sun)

This section of the gallery features ancient art and artifacts from regions that gave rise to some of humanity’s earliest civilizations, including West Asia, Egypt, and the eastern Mediterranean. The Egyptian collection includes stoneware and earthenware objects from Pre-dynastic Egypt (circa 6000–3150 BC) as well as reliefs, mummies, and decorative art from Dynastic Egypt. Other objects frequently on view include Bronze Age burial goods from West Asia and the eastern Mediterranean, tablets bearing cuneiform script from Mesopotamia, and sculptures and pottery from ancient Iran.

 Image of "Chinese Bronzes" 
Room 5  June 11, 2024 (Tue) - September 29, 2024 (Sun)

This section of the gallery focuses on bronzes, mainly from the Shang dynasty (ca. 1600–ca. 1100 BC) to the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), including ritual vessels, musical instruments, weapons, and horse tack. It also features mirrors and other bronzes from Northern China, tracing the development of early Chinese aesthetics.

Hyokeikan

 Image of "Half-Century of Cartier in Japan and Beyond: an Everlasting Dialogue of Beauty and Art." 
Half-Century of Cartier in Japan and Beyond:
an Everlasting Dialogue of Beauty and Art.
 June 12, 2024 (Wed) - July 28, 2024 (Sun)

The Tokyo National Museum in collaboration with Cartier is pleased to present Half-Century of Cartier in Japan and Beyond: an Everlasting Dialogue of Beauty and Art.

The celebration of Cartier’s 50th anniversary in Japan is an opportunity to put into perspective the many stories that link the Maison to this country. Two parallel narratives will be presented in the Hyokeikan’s two symmetrical wings: the link between Cartier and Japan, and the intrinsic ties between the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain and Japanese artists.