Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8
August 28, 2018 (Tue) - October 21, 2018 (Sun)
Japan imported superb works of Chinese calligraphy and painting since ancient times. A large number of works from the Song and Yuan dynasties, in particular, were brought to Japan with Zen Buddhism from the Kamakura period (1192–1333) onward. They were highly prized, being used to adorn formal studies and spaces for the tea ceremony. Among these masterpieces, foremost of which are the Higashiyama Treasure, there are many objects that today can be found only in Japan, with similar works having been lost in China.
From the Meiji era (1868–1912) onward, because of the upheaval caused by the fall of the Qing dynasty, selected works of Chinese calligraphy and painting were brought to Japan at the request of Japanese collectors with refined tastes, who idealized the literati culture rooted in Chinese tradition.
This exhibition presents the beauty of various works of Chinese art that have been prized in Japan over the centuries.