"Kyoto from Inside and Outside: Scenes on Panels and Folding Screens"
Heiseikan Special Exhibition Galleries October 8, 2013 (Tue) - December 1, 2013 (Sun)
Scenes In and Around Kyoto, By Iwasa Matabe, Edo period, 17th century (Important Cultural Property)
Kyoto is a fascinating city that welcomes many visitors from Japan and abroad each year. As the capital of Japan for many centuries until the 19th century, Kyoto has nurtured traditional cultures and continued them for generations, a factor which is greatly connected to the city’s allure. This exhibition invites visitors to experience a unique world of Kyoto aesthetics. The displayed works focus on masterpieces of large-scale depictions of town life and seasonal views of the city known as Scenes in and around Kyoto, along with interior panel paintings that adorned three symbolic Kyoto locations: The Kyoto Imperial Palace, and Nijo Castle, and Ryoanji temple known for its rock garden. A particular highlight is the stunning display of a room of Nijo Castle, reproduced with spectacular panel paintings which have recently been restored.