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2019

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea Gathering: Celebrating the New Year

Thu., January 10 - Sun., February 17, 2019Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The Shuten Dōji Picture Scroll: A Tale of Expelling the Demon[End]

This picture scroll tells the story of Minamoto no Raikō and his retainers casting out a demon, Shuten Dōji. For the first time, all eight scrolls that make up the version of this tale created by Sumiyoshi Hironao will be displayed.

Thu., January 10 - Sun., February 17, 2019

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Museum Collection Exhibition

The Shuten Dōji Picture Scroll: A Tale of Expelling the Demon[End]

This picture scroll tells the story of Minamoto no Raikō and his retainers casting out a demon, Shuten Dōji. For the first time, all eight scrolls that make up the version of this tale created by Sumiyoshi Hironao will be displayed.

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea Gathering: Celebrating the New Year
  • Gallery 5 :The Former Takeda no Miya Imperial Family Hina Doll Decoration
  • Gallery 6 : Tea Ceremony at the End of Spring

Thu., February 28 - Sun., March 31, 2019Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Floral Beauty in Buddhist Art[End]

Lotuses, arabesque flower patterns, sal tree blossoms: flowers are critical elements in Buddhist art. This exhibition presents the art of the fragrant flowers that adorn the Buddhist deities.

Thu., February 28 - Sun., March 31, 2019

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Floral Beauty in Buddhist Art[End]

Lotuses, arabesque flower patterns, sal tree blossoms: flowers are critical elements in Buddhist art. This exhibition presents the art of the fragrant flowers that adorn the Buddhist deities.

  • Gallery 5 :The Former Takeda no Miya Imperial Family Hina Doll Decoration
  • Gallery 6 : Tea Ceremony at the End of Spring
  • Gallery 5 : Decorated Boxes of the Scholar's Study
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Room Assemblage amid Clear Breezes

Sat., April 13 - Sun., May 12, 2019Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition

Ogata Korin's Irises—Felicitations in Edo-period Paintings[End]

This exhibition mainly presents folding screens, including Irises (National Treasure), The Tale of Genji (originally part of a trousseau), and In and Around Kyoto, a lively depiction of the Gion festival.

Sat., April 13 - Sun., May 12, 2019

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Special Exhibition

Ogata Korin's Irises—Felicitations in Edo-period Paintings[End]

This exhibition mainly presents folding screens, including Irises (National Treasure), The Tale of Genji (originally part of a trousseau), and In and Around Kyoto, a lively depiction of the Gion festival.

  • Gallery 5 : Decorated Boxes of the Scholar's Study
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Room Assemblage amid Clear Breezes
  • Gallery 5 : Calligraphy and Painting in the Tea Ceremony
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Rainy Season

Sat., May 25 - Sun., Jury 7, 2019Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Introduction to Traditional Art: The Subjects of Paintings[End]

Paintings based on tales, mythological figures, famous places: This exhibition introduces one of the fundamentals of appreciating Chinese and Japanese paintings, understanding a painting’s subject, in a delightfully accessible manner.

Sat., May 25 - Sun., Jury 7, 2019

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Introduction to Traditional Art: The Subjects of Paintings[End]

Paintings based on tales, mythological figures, famous places: This exhibition introduces one of the fundamentals of appreciating Chinese and Japanese paintings, understanding a painting’s subject, in a delightfully accessible manner.

  • Gallery 5 : Calligraphy and Painting in the Tea Ceremony
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Rainy Season
  • Gallery 5 : Nabeshima : Microcosms of Beauty
  • Gallery 6 : Tea for Enjoying the Cool

Thu., Jury 25 - Sun., August 25, 2019Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Merciful Budhisattvas, Terrifying Deities[End]

Buddhas and bodhisattvas gently lead us to salvation; wisdom kings and Buddhist warrior devas impose strict admonishments on us. This exhibition explores the many forms salvation takes, mainly through Kamakura to Edo period paintings and wooden sculptures.

Thu., Jury 25 - Sun., August 25, 2019

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Merciful Budhisattvas, Terrifying Deities[End]

Buddhas and bodhisattvas gently lead us to salvation; wisdom kings and Buddhist warrior devas impose strict admonishments on us. This exhibition explores the many forms salvation takes, mainly through Kamakura to Edo period paintings and wooden sculptures.

  • Gallery 5 : Nabeshima : Microcosms of Beauty
  • Gallery 6 :Tea for Enjoying the Cool
  • Gallery 5 : Sword Fittings—Amazing Techniques
  • Gallery 6 :Tea in the Autumn

Sat., September 7 - Mon., November 4, 2019Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition, Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Museum's Renewal

Beautiful Lives —Birds and Flowers in Japanese and East Asian Art[End]

Bird and flower paintings, taking beautiful flowers and birds as their subject, depict the vitality of these living beings. Some are garbed in auspicious implications, while others become craft designs. Here we trace the history and stylistic evolution of bird and flower motifs.

Sat., September 7 - Mon., November 4, 2019

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Museum Collection Exhibition, Commemorating the 10th Anniversary of the Museum's Renewal

Beautiful Lives —Birds and Flowers in Japanese and East Asian Art

Bird and flower paintings, taking beautiful flowers and birds as their subject, depict the vitality of these living beings. Some are garbed in auspicious implications, while others become craft designs. Here we trace the history and stylistic evolution of bird and flower motifs.

  • Gallery 5 : Sword Fittings—Amazing Techniques
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Autumn
  • Gallery 5 : The Tale of the Heike Painting Album—Famous, Must-see, Scenes
  • Gallery 6 : Kuchikiri —Breaking the Seal on New Tea

Sat., November 16 - Mon., December 23, 2019Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition

The Tea Ceremony in Edo: Commemorating the Tricentennial of the Birth of Kawakami Fuhaku

Kawakami Fuhaku (1719–1807), the founder of the Edo Senke school of tea, spread the culture of tea among the daimyo. This exhibition commemorates the tricentennial of his birth by reflecting upon the Edo tea ceremony.

Sat., November 16 - Mon., December 23, 2019

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Special Exhibition

The Tea Ceremony in Edo: Commemorating the Tricentennial of the Birth of Kawakami Fuhaku

Kawakami Fuhaku (1719–1807), the founder of the Edo Senke school of tea, spread the culture of tea among the daimyo. This exhibition commemorates the tricentennial of his birth by reflecting upon the Edo tea ceremony.

  • Gallery 5 : The Tale of the Heike Painting Album—Famous, Must-see, Scenes
  • Gallery 6 : Kuchikiri —Breaking the Seal on New Tea

2020

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias—On the Year of the Mouse
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Gathering for the New Year

Thu., January 9 - Tue., Februay 11, 2020Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Paintings Created as Sets

Hanging scrolls that are diptychs or triptychs and pairs of folding screens are the subject of this exhibition. As we consider the meanings of the combinations and continuities in these sets of paintings, let us imagine what their creator or the patron who commissioned them intended.

Thu., January 9 - Tue., Februay 11, 2020

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Paintings Created as Sets

Hanging scrolls that are diptychs or triptychs and pairs of folding screens are the subject of this exhibition. As we consider the meanings of the combinations and continuities in these sets of paintings, let us imagine what their creator or the patron who commissioned them intended.

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias—On the Year of the Mouse
  • Gallery 6 :A Tea Gathering for the New Year
  • Gallery 5 : Decorated Boxes of the Scholar's Study
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Room Assemblage amid Clear Breezes

Sat., February 22 - Sun., March 29, 2020Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition

Splendid Hina Dolls from the Toraya Collection

Kurokawa Mitsukage (1871–1957), the fourteenth generation proprietor of Toraya Confectionery Co. Ltd., collected hina dolls and their accessories for his daughter. We are delighted to display these exquisitely charming works, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Sat., February 22 - Sun., March 29, 2020

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Special Exhibition

Splendid Hina Dolls from the Toraya Collection

Kurokawa Mitsukage (1871–1957), the fourteenth generation proprietor of Toraya Confectionery Co. Ltd., collected hina dolls and their accessories for his daughter. We are delighted to display these exquisitely charming works, some of which are being exhibited for the first time.

  • Gallery 5 : Decorated Boxes of the Scholar's Study
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Room Assemblage amid Clear Breezes
  • Gallery 5 : Introduction to Traditional Art: Breathtaking Technique in Noh Costumes
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Gathering after Viewing the Irises Screens

Sat., April 18 - Sun., May 17, 2020Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition

The National Treasure Irises Screens: The Allure of Color

Three colors compose Ogata Korin's Irises folding screens: Green, blue, and gold. This exhibition explores their historic significance, and their fascination, through the blue-and-green landscape painting and golden screen traditions and through ceramics created contemporaneously with Irises.

Sat., April 18 - Sun., May 17, 2020

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Special Exhibition

The National Treasure Irises Screens: The Allure of Color

Three colors compose Ogata Korin's Irises folding screens: Green, blue, and gold. This exhibition explores their historic significance, and their fascination, through the blue-and-green landscape painting and golden screen traditions and through ceramics created contemporaneously with Irises.

  • Gallery 5 : Introduction to Traditional Art: Breathtaking Technique in Noh Costumes
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Gathering after Viewing the Irises Screens
  • Gallery 5 : Samurai Artists
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Rainy Season

Sat., May 30 - Sun., Jury 12, 2020Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Celebrating a Publishing Centennial: The Taisho Meikikan and Nezu Seizan

Takahashi Sōan (1861-1937), who compiled the Taisho Meikikan, a vast catalogue of famous tea utensils, and Nezu Seizan were closely connected tea connoisseurs. This exhibition presents renowned tea utensils, with the focus on works from Seizan’s collection included in those volumes.

Sat., May 30 - Sun., Jury 12, 2020

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Celebrating a Publishing Centennial: The Taisho Meikikan and Nezu Seizan

Takahashi Sōan (1861-1937), who compiled the Taisho Meikikan, a vast catalogue of famous tea utensils, and Nezu Seizan were closely connected tea connoisseurs. This exhibition presents renowned tea utensils, with the focus on works from Seizan’s collection included in those volumes.

  • Gallery 5 : Samurai Artists
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Rainy Season
  • Gallery 5 : The Guise of a Warrior
  • Gallery 6 : The Summer Approach: Tea for Cooling Off

Thu., Jury 23 - Sun., September 6, 2020Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Cherishing Flowers, Yearning for the Moon: Nature and Beauty in Japan

Kachōfūgetsu—literally “flowers, birds, wind, and moon”—has long been a term both to praise the seasonal beauty of the natural world and to express that traditional theme in Japanese art. This exhibition presents examples of calligraphy, painting, and craft objects that address those motifs.

Thu., Jury 23 - Sun., September 6, 2020

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Cherishing Flowers, Yearning for the Moon: Nature and Beauty in Japan

Kachōfūgetsu—literally “flowers, birds, wind, and moon”—has long been a term both to praise the seasonal beauty of the natural world and to express that traditional theme in Japanese art. This exhibition presents examples of calligraphy, painting, and craft objects that address those motifs.

  • Gallery 5 : The Guise of a Warrior
  • Gallery 6 :The Summer Approach: Tea for Cooling Off
  • Gallery 5 : Learning from Shards
  • Gallery 6 : Melancholy Autumn Tea

Sat., September 19 - Tue., November 3, 2020Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Adventures in Monochrome: Early Modern Japanese Ink-Wash and Brush-Line Painting

Sumi ink is the medium used in both suibokuga (ink-wash painting) and hakubyō (brush-line painting), but in very different ways.This exhibition introduces the appeal of both approaches through highly individual examples by early modern Japanese artists.

Sat., September 19 - Tue., November 3, 2020

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Adventures in Monochrome: Early Modern Japanese Ink-Wash and Brush-Line Painting

Sumi ink is the medium used in both suibokuga (ink-wash painting) and hakubyō (brush-line painting), but in very different ways.This exhibition introduces the appeal of both approaches through highly individual examples by early modern Japanese artists.

  • Gallery 5 : Learning from Shards
  • Gallery 6 : Melancholy Autumn Tea

Sat., November 14 - Sun., December 20, 2020Gallery 1/2/3/4/5/6/Hall

Special Exhibition Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nezu Museum

National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties in the Nezu Collection

This year is the 80th anniversary of both the establishment of the Nezu Museum Foundation and the death of Nezu Kaichirō, Sr. In commemoration, this exhibition brings together treasures of Japan and East Asian arts and crafts that are the pride of the Nezu Museum.

Sat., November 14 - Sun., December 20, 2020

Gallery 1/2/3/4/5/6/Hall

Special Exhibition Commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nezu Museum

National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties in the Nezu Collection

This year is the 80th anniversary of both the establishment of the Nezu Museum Foundation and the death of Nezu Kaichirō, Sr. In commemoration, this exhibition brings together treasures of Japan and East Asian arts and crafts that are the pride of the Nezu Museum.

2021

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias: Camellias in Aristocrats' Diaries
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea of the New Year

Sat., January 9 - Sun., Februay 14, 2021Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Radiant Raden

Raden is a lacquer and woodworking inlay technique in which pieces of the gleaming mother-of-pearl layer of sea shells are cut into shapes to form motifs. This exhibition explores regional differences in the use of raden while tracing its history.

Sat., January 9 - Sun., Februay 14, 2021

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Radiant Raden

Raden is a lacquer and woodworking inlay technique in which pieces of the gleaming mother-of-pearl layer of sea shells are cut into shapes to form motifs. This exhibition explores regional differences in the use of raden while tracing its history.

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias: Camellias in Aristocrats' Diaries
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea of the New Year
  • Gallery 5 : Tales of Shapeshifters: Two Otogi-zōshi
  • Gallery 6 : Tea for the Hina Doll Festival

Thu., February 25 - Wed., March 31, 2021Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The World of Official Painters

This exhibition presents work by artists in the service of the shogun or the imperial court in the Muromachi through the Edo periods, including Shūbun and members of the Tosa and Kanō schools.

Thu., February 25 - Wed., March 31, 2021

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The World of Official Painters

This exhibition presents work by artists in the service of the shogun or the imperial court in the Muromachi through the Edo periods, including Shūbun and members of the Tosa and Kanō schools.

  • Gallery 5 : Tales of Shapeshifters: Two Otogi-zōshi
  • Gallery 6 : Tea for the Hina Doll Festival
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