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The Story of Chinese Art Collectors; Takashima Kaian and Others

The Story of Chinese Art Collectors; Takashima Kaian and Others / Asian Gallery (Toyokan) Room 8   January 2, 2021 (Sat) - February 28, 2021 (Sun)

  
Imaginary Tour through Xiaoxiang (detail), By Li, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th century (National Treasure)

From the middle of the Ming dynasty (1368–1644), collecting painting and calligraphy flourished in China, especially in the southern regions where the economy was booming. In the early Qing dynasty (1644–1912), collectors such as Sun Chengze and Liang Qingbiao also emerged in the north, and various emperor such as Kangxi (reigned 1622–1722) and Qianlong (reigned 1736–95) devoted themselves to building a magnificent court collection. After the Xinhai Revolution (1911–12), many of these collections of wealthy individuals and Qing emperors ended up in Japan.

In this joint exhibition, The Tokyo National Museum and the Taito City Museum of Calligraphy present paintings and calligraphy from the Takashima Kaian (1866–1943) and Nakamura Fusetsu (1875–1969) Collections, which are both based on earlier private and court collections of the Qing dynasty.

 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
 Major works in this exhibition
* Works listed below are in the TNM Collection unless otherwise indicated.
Two Large Characters in Running Script, By Wu Changshuo, China, Republic period, 1926 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Taiji)
Landscape, By Tang Dai, China, Qing dynasty, 1700 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, On exhibit through January 31, 2021)
Flowering Plants, By Zhao Zhiqian, China, Qing dynasty, 1874 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, On exhibit from February 2, 2021)
Imaginary Tour through Xiaoxiang, By Li, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th century (National Treasure, On exhibit through January 31, 2021)
Narcissuses, By Chen Shu, China, Qing dynasty, 1734 (On exhibit from February 2, 2021)
Preface to the Orchid Pavilion Gathering (Wu Bing Copy of the Ding Wu Version), By Wang Xizhi, China, Eastern Jin dynasty, 353 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro)
Epitaph for Xiang Yuanbian in Running Script, By Dong Qichang, China, Ming dynasty, 1635 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, On exhibit through January 31, 2021)
Qunyutang Mi Album, Compiled by Han Tuozhou, China, Southern Song dynasty, 12th–13th century (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, On exhibit through January 31, 2021)
The Former and Latter Northern Expeditions in Standard Script, By Zhu Yunming, China, Ming dynasty, 1514 (Gift of Mr. Takashima Kikujiro, On exhibit from February 2, 2021)
Brush with Auspicious Characters, China, Qing dynasty, 17th–19th century (Gift of Mr. Hirota Matsushige)