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Collaborative Exhibition Project between the Tokyo National Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Marcel Duchamp and Japanese Art

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery 1 & 2 :October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

kai.newoku.local/common/fckeditor/editor/filemanager/connectors/php/transfer.phpThis exhibition traces the creative activities of Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) ― a French artist who drastically challenged the values of Western art ― mainly through works in the collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Featuring Duchamp’s works alongside Japanese art for comparison, the exhibition will also explore the meaning of this Japanese art, which was nurtured in social environments that differed from those of the West, as well as the aesthetic values it embodies, proposing new ways of enjoying its beauty.

The Buddhist Sculptures of Daiho’onji, Kyoto: Masterpieces by Kaikei and Jokei

Standing Jundei Kannon Bosatsu (Cundi) (detail), by Higo Jokei, Kamakura period, dated 1224, Daiho'onji, Kyoto (Important Cultural Property)

Heiseikan Special Exhibition Gallery 3 & 4 :October 2, 2018 (Tue) - December 9, 2018 (Sun)

Daiho’onji is an ancient temple that has stood in northern Kyoto since the early 13th century, the beginning of the Kamakura period. This exhibition will feature masterpieces of Kamakura-period sculpture such as the principle object of worship at Daiho’onji, the Sakyamuni Buddha–an image that is normally hidden from view–by Gyokai, a disciple of the renowned sculptor Kaikei; the Ten major disciples of Buddha by Kaikei; and the Six manifestations of Avalokitesvara by Higo Jokei.

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.