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Special Exhibition

Upcoming Unrivaled Calligraphy: Yan Zhenqing and His Legacy

Draft of a Requiem to My Nephew, By Yan Zhenqing, Tang dynasty (Lent by the National Palace Museum, Taipei)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries :January 16, 2019 (Wed) - February 24, 2019 (Sun)

During the Tang dynasty of China (618–907), three great calligraphers–Ouyang Xun, Yu Shinan, and Chu Suiliang–perfected the style known as "standard script." While inheriting the tradition they established, Yan Zhenqing (709–785) succeeded in establishing his own style of calligraphy, which would have tremendous influence for ages to come. Bringing together exquisite works from collections in Japan and abroad, this exhibition will explore Yan Zhenqing and his work, its influence on future generations, and its reception in Japan.

Upcoming 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.