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Special Exhibitions

Kuroda Seiki, Master of Modern Japanese Painting: The 150th Anniversary of his Birth
March 23, 2016 (Wed) - May 15, 2016 (Sun)



2016 marks the 150th anniversary of Kuroda Seiki’s birth. Widely known for his painting entitled Lakeside, Kuroda (1866–1924) contributed greatly to the modernization of the arts in Japan. This exhibition aims to comprehensively look at Kuroda’s artistic achievements through his masterpieces.

PhotoLakeside, By Kuroda Seiki, 1897 (Important Cultural Property)



Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
April 12, 2016 (Tue) - June 19, 2016 (Sun)



This exhibition comprising of 231 ancient artworks from the National Museum of Afghanistan, illustrates some of the most magnificent cultures that flourished from around 2100 BC to 2nd century AD by presenting the “hidden treasures” excavated at four ancient sites in Afghanistan.

Photo:Pendants with "Dragon Master" (C)NMA/Thierry Olliver



Smiling in Contemplation : Two Buddhas from Japan and Korea
June 21, 2016 (Tue) - July 10, 2016(Mon)


Sculptures of pensive Bodhisattvas originated in India, the birthplace of Buddhism, and were later transmitted to China, Korea, and finally to Japan. Many sculptures of this type were created in Japan and Korea from the 6th to 8th centuries, including ones that are now considered masterpieces of ancient Buddhist sculpture. Counted among these is a National Treasure preserved at Chuguji Temple in Nara prefecture. Its face, embellished with a gentle smile, is recognizable to nearly everyone in Japan. Another such masterpiece is in the collection of the National Museum of Korea. Made from bronze, it is widely known in Korea as “National Treasure No. 78.” This exhibition is a truly unique opportunity to savor the beauty of Buddhist sculpture from both Japan and Korea.

PhotoPensive Bodhisattva
Left: Asuka period, 7th century (National Treasure, Lent by Chuguji Temple, Nara)
Right: Three Kingdoms period, 6th century, Korea (National Treasure No. 78, Lent by National Museum of Korea)




A Journey to the Land of Immortals: Treasures of Ancient Greece
June 21, 2016 (Tue) - September 19, 2016(Mon)


This exhibition showcases sculptures, fresco paintings, and metal objects from Greece. Let us set off on a journey through Greek art, which blossomed from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods in various areas in Greece, such as the Aegean Islands, including Cyclades and Crete, as well as Athens, Sparta, and Macedonia. This is the first large-scale exhibition in Japan of Greek artworks gathered solely from the country of Greece.

Photo(C)The Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports- Archaeological Receipts Fund




The Hidden Buddha of Rakuyaji Temple, Shiga
September 13, 2016 (Tue) - January 9, 2017(Mon)


Rakuyaji (Koka city, Shiga prefecture), an ancient temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism, has preserved twenty Buddhist statues from the Heian period (794–1192) that were designated Important Cultural Properties. This exhibition is the first opportunity to show all twenty of these statues outside Rakuyaji Temple. The principal statue, a Seated Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), is approximately three meters high, exhibiting overwhelming presence. This exhibition shows, in one sweep, masterpieces of Heian-period Buddhist sculpture preserved in Rakuyaji Temple.

PhotoSeated Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Ekadasamukha), Heian period, 10th century (Important Cultural Property, Lent by Rakuyaji, Shiga)




The Art of ZEN: From Mind to Form
October 18, 2016 (Tue) - November 27, 2016(Sun)


Ink painting and chanoyu (the tea ceremony) were brought from China to Japan along with Zen Buddhism, and later grew into the central components of Japanese culture. This exhibition shows treasured objects brought together from the main and branch temples of the Rinzai and Obaku sects of Zen Buddhism in order to examine the history, art, and culture of Zen. Through Zen treasures such as portraits and the writings of high priests, Buddhist statues and paintings, decorative art objects, and wall paintings, the exhibition explores the roles that these artworks have played in Japanese culture.




Eternal Treasures from Kasuga Taisha Shrine
January 17, 2017 (Tue) -March 12, 2017(Sun)

獅子・狛犬 鎌倉時代・13世紀ほか 春日大社蔵

Designated a World Heritage Site, Kasuga Taisha Shrine (Nara prefecture) was built at the beginning of the Nara period (710–794) in prayer for the protection of the capital and the prosperity of the people. From ancient times, the shrine revered deer as divine messengers of the gods. This exhibition presents masterpieces of decorative art in the collection of Kasuga Taisha, which is regarded as the “treasure trove” of the Heian period (794–1192). Other artworks on exhibit include a number of fine objects such as prized swords, arms, and armor from Japan’s medieval period, as well as paintings and sculptures associated with people’s faith in Kasuga Taisha Shrine.




Regular Exhibition

Special FeaturePage Top

Title Venue Date
Goddess of the Jomon Period:A National Treasure Dogu Figurine Room T4, Honkan
2016/3/23 - 2016/4/17
The Newly Discovered Portrait of ITO MANCIO, a Japanese Ambassador to Europe Room 7, Honkan
2016/5/17 - 2016/7/10

EventsPage Top

Title Venue Date
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2016/3/15 - 2016/4/10
Journey through Asia at the Tokyo National Museum Toyokan
2016/9/27 - 2017/10/10
New Year's Celebration at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2017/1/2 - 2017/1/29
Cherry Blossom Viewing at the Tokyo National Museum Honkan
2017/3/14 - 2017/4/9

National Treasure GalleryPage Top

Exceptional work of painting and calligraphy designated as National Treasure will be exhibit on this Gallery.

Designation Name Creation Excavation Period Acquisition
Room On exhibit
National Treasure Portrait of Takami Senseki By Watanabe Kazan Edo period, dated 1837 (Tenpo 8)   Room 2, Honkan 2016/3/15 -
National Treasure Twelve Devas: Fu-ten (Vayu)   Heian period, 9th century Saidaiji, Nara Room 2, Honkan 2016/4/12 -
National Treasure Man'yo shu Poetry Anthology, Genryaku VersionVolume 1, 2   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2016/5/10 -
National Treasure The Testament of Monk Jie By Ryogen Heian period, dated 972 Rozanji, Kyoto Room 2, Honkan 2016/6/14 -
National Treasure Gaki zoshi (Scroll of hungry ghosts)   Heian period, 12th century   Room 2, Honkan 2016/7/26 -
National Treasure Hoke-Kyo (Lotus Sutra), Hoben Chapter, Hiyu Chapter, Kunoji Version   Heian period, 12th century Tesshuji, Shizuoka Room 2, Honkan 2016/8/23 -
National Treasure Sixteen Arhats: Second Arhat, Fourteenth Arhat   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2016/9/21 -
National Treasure Portrait said to be of Fujiwara no Mitsuyoshi   Kamakura period, 13th century Jingoji, Kyoto Room 2, Honkan 2016/10/18 -
National Treasure Record of the Poetry Contest at the Palace of the Emperor's Wife in the Kampyo Era   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2016/11/15 -
National Treasure Pine Trees By Hasegawa Tohaku Azuchi-Momoyama period, 16th century   Room 2, Honkan 2017/1/2 -
National Treasure Chinese Landscape By Ikeno Taiga Edo period, 18th century Gift of Mr. Dan Ino Room 2, Honkan 2017/1/17 -
National Treasure Gunsho chiyo (A book of politics), Vol. 31   Heian period, 11th century   Room 2, Honkan 2017/2/14 -
National Treasure Merrymaking Under Blossom Trees By Kano Naganobu Edo period, 17th century   Room 2, Honkan 2017/3/14 -