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Scheduled Special Exhibitions(April, 2008 - March, 2009)

Special Exhibitions

National Treasures from Yakushi-ji Temple
March 25, 2008 (Tue) - June 8, 2008 (Sun)

Standing Nikko Bosatsu (Suryaprabha) and Standing Gakko Bosatsu (Candraprabha)


Features renowned statues, paintings, and other items from the Yakushi-ji Temple in Nara, the headquarters of the Hosso School of Buddhism. This exhibition is held to commemorate the 1300th anniversary of Heijo-kyo, established in Nara as the national capital.

Photo: Standing Nikko Bosatsu (Suryaprabha) and Standing Gakko Bosatsu (Candraprabha), National Treasure, Asuka or Nara Period, 7th or 8th century, Yakushi-ji Temple, Nara, (C)Askaen


France meets Japan - Ukiyo-e Influence on French Ceramics
July 1, 2008 (Tue) - August 3, 2008 (Sun)

Round Plate with Lobster and Eggplant design


Features 19th century French ceramics, including plates and cups, created using designs based on ukiyo-e and other Japanese art. This exhibition unveils a valuable collection of works that has hitherto rarely been seen.

Photo: Round Plate with Lobster and Eggplant design, from the Rousseau Dinner Service, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France.
(C)photo P. Schmidt, Musée d’Orsay


Celebrating the 120th Anniversary of KOKKA and the 130th Anniversary of The Asahi Shimbun
Dueling Geniuses - The Greatest Highlights of Japanese Artists
July 8, 2008 (Tue) -August 17, 2008 (Sun)

Cypress Tree(detail) Pine Trees(detail)


In an innovative approach, celebrated works of 12 pairs of great masters of Japanese art traditions, from the medieval period to the modern age, are presented as opponents in a showdown. The relationships between the "Dueling Geniuses", such as Unkei and Kaikei, and Kano Eitoku and Hasegawa Tohaku, take various forms, including teacher/student, rival, and influence. Compare and contrast these works, sense the connections between the artists, and feel as though they are competing against each other.

Photo: Cypress Tree, by Kano Eitoku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (detail)
          Pine Trees, by Hasegawa Tohaku, Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century (detail)


Cultural Heritage of Sri Lanka - The Land of Serendipity
September 17, 2008 (Wed) - November 30, 2008 (Sun)

Seated Avalokitesvara


Sri Lanka is an island nation boasting a rich cultural heritage reaching back to more than 2000 years. This exhibition features items revealing the essence of Sri Lankan culture, such as images of Buddhist figures and Hindu gods, as well as artifacts, and introduces world heritage sites and natural beauty. This is the first time the finest examples of Sri Lankan cultural heritage are exhibited on a large scale in Japan.

Photo: Seated Avalokitesvara, Late Anuradhapura period, 9th century, Colombo National Museum



Celebrating the 350th Anniversary of Ogata Korin’s Birth
Treasures by Rinpa Masters - Inheritance and Innovation
October 7, 2008 (Tue) - November 16, 2008 (Sun)

Wind and Thunder Gods


Featuring Rinpa masterpieces, by renowned artists such as Koetsu, Sotatsu, Korin, Kenzan, Hoitsu, and Kiitsu owned by collections in Japan and overseas, exhibited together to introduce the works of great individuality from this celebrated tradition. This exhibition is held in celebration of the 350th anniversary of the birth of Rinpa master, Ogata Korin.

Photo: Wind and Thunder Gods, by Ogata Korin, Edo period, 18th century (partial image)


The 150th Anniversary of Keio University FUKUZAWA Yukichi : Living the Future
January 10, 2009 (Sat) -March 8, 2009 (Sun)

Portrait of Fukuzawa Yukichi(partial image)

Hyokeikan; Room T2, Honkan

This exhibition commemorates the 150th anniversary of Keio University, showcasing the founder Fukuzawa Yukichi’s active involvement across a wide range of fields and the history of his school, together with artworks collected by former pupils who went on to become successful leaders in the worlds of business and industry.

Photo: Portrait of Fukuzawa Yukichi, by Matsumura Kikumaro, Keio University, Tokyo (partial image)


Commemorating the 650th Memorial Year of the Founder, Muso Daishi
Masterpieces of Zen Culture from Myoshinji  January 20, 2009 (Tue) - March 1, 2009 (Sun)


Features art treasures from Myoshinji, one of the major Zen temples in kyoto, and its sub-temples, revealing the flourishing Zen culture of each historical period, particularly from Kamakura (1192-1333) to Edo (1603-1868). This exhibition is held in association with the commemoration of the 650th memorial year of the founding priest, Muso Daishi.

Photo: "Kanzan", by Shuho Myocho (Daito Kokushi), Kamakura period, 1329, National Treasure, Myoshinji Temple, Kyoto