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Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: Selected Works from the Hashimoto Collection

"Chinese Painting and Calligraphy: Selected Works from the Hashimoto Collection"

Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8  July 20, 2016 (Wed) - August 28, 2016 (Sun)

  
Seeking Blossoms (detail), By Shi Rui, Ming dynasty, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)

Born in Tokyo and having graduated from Keio University, Hashimoto Sueyoshi (1902–1991), a renowned collector of Chinese paintings and calligraphy, commenced his career at the Ministry of Finance. In 1939, taking up a new course in life, he entered into business and held important posts in stock companies Japan Alcohol Trading Co., Ltd. It was during the postwar period when Hashimoto began collecting Chinese art. In particular, before others, he collected Ming and Qing-dynasty paintings and modern Chinese paintings that did not have established reputations. From the 1970s onwards, he held research meetings at his house in Osaka, where he showed young researchers his artworks. Many of them became successful nationally and internationally and some are still active today. The Hashimoto Collection was organized and exhibited at the Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art and the Shoto Museum of Art (Shibuya ward, Tokyo). The collection, which is entrusted to our museum today, has gained unwavering global recognition.

Current exhibit includes:
Old Pine and Crying Crane, By Zhang Lu, Ming dynasty, 15th-16th century (Private collection, On exhibit through August 7, 2016)
Viewing Waterfalls at an Autumn Mountain, By Sheng Maoye, Ming dynasty, dated 1633 (Private collection, On exhibit through August 7, 2016)
Facing the Moon from an Autumn Mountain, By Gong Xian, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Octave in Five-character Phrases in Cursive Script, By Fu Mei, Qing dynasty, 17th century (Private collection)
Seeking Blossoms, By Shi Rui, Ming dynasty, 15th century (Important Cultural Property, Private collection)
Poems of the Western Gardens, By Wen Zhengming, Ming dynasty, dated 1552 (Private collection)