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Change of Exhibits, Regular Exhibitions: Starting from January 22, 2019 (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 Sculpture
Room 11  January 22, 2019 (Tue) - June 9, 2019 (Sun)

This gallery introduces the history of sculptural art in Japan through prototypical wood-sculptures featuring examples dating from the Heian and Kamakura periods, the zenith of Japanese sculpture.

Current exhibit includes:
Seated Shinto Deity Hachiman, By Kyokaku, Kamakura period, dated 1326 (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Akana Hachimangu, Shimane, On exhibit through April 14, 2019; On exhibit from May 8, 2019)

Ainu and Ryukyu: The Prayers of the Ainu People
Room 16  January 22, 2019 (Tue) - April 14, 2019 (Sun)

This exhibition features items used by the Ainu people - including ritual implements such as inau, ikupasui and coats - together with clothes and tools used in everyday life, giving us an insight into the ways in which the Northern people prayed to their gods.

Current exhibit includes:
Sea Turtle Skull, Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Sash for Shaman,
Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century (Gift of the Hokkaido Project Management Bureau, Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce)
Ritual Spatula,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century
Ritual Pipe,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Tokugawa Yorisada)
Smoking Set,
Sakhalin Ainu, 19th century
Musical Pipe,
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Gift of Mr. Takeda Shoji)
Hokkaido Ainu, 19th century (Transferred from the Bureau for the Vienna World Exposition)
Bear Sacrificial Ceremony,
By Hirasawa Byozan, Dated 1871 (Private collection)

Kuroda Memorial Hall

Kuroda Memorial Room  January 22, 2019 (Tue) - April 14, 2019 (Sun)

The French painter Raphaël Collin (1850–1916) was particularly skilled at depicting seductive female figures. He is known as the artist under whom Western-style painters from modern Japan, including Kuroda Seiki (1866–1924), studied while they were in France. This Thematic Exhibition is being held to acknowledge recently acquired studies by Collin, which were once owned by Kuroda and have been entrusted to the Museum. The exhibition features some of those studies by Collin as well as relevant works by Kuroda that were strongly influenced by them. We hope that visitors are able to perceive the deep bonds between these two artists.