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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 [End]

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

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Radiant Raden [End]

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 [End]

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 [End]

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
  • Gallery 5 : Exquisite Textiles from the Ancient Orient
  • Gallery 6 : Tea Gatherings Showcasing the Irises> Screens: An Assemblage from May, 1937

Sat., April 17 - Sun., May 16, 2021Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition Celebrating the Museum’s 80th Anniversary

The National Treasure Irises Screens: The Allure of Color

Three colors compose Ogata Kōrin’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 17 - Sun., May 16, 2021

Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition Celebrating the Museum’s 80th Anniversary

The National Treasure Irises Screens: The Allure of Color

Three colors compose Ogata Kōrin’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 : Exquisite Textiles from the Ancient Orient
  • Gallery 6 : Tea Gatherings Showcasing the Irises Screens: An Assemblage from May, 1937
  • Gallery 5 : Letters by Tea Masters
  • Gallery 6 : Tea in the Rainy Season

Sat., May 29 - Sun., July 11, 2021Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Tea Containers and Tea Bowls: Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur

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

Sat., May 29 - Sun., July 11, 2021

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Tea Containers and Tea Bowls: Through the Eyes of a Connoisseur

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

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

Thu., July 22 - Sun., August 22, 2021Gallery 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., July 22 - Sun., August 22, 2021

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: Korean Ceramics
  • Gallery 6 : An Autumn Parting: The Last of the Year's Tea

Sat., September 11 - Sun., October 17, 2021Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

Introduction to Traditional Art: People in Painting

People are an important painting subject. We introduce the history and development of people in paintings in Japan through a variety of works, including images of Buddhist patriarchs, portraits, and genre paintings.

Sat., September 11 - Sun., October 17, 2021

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Museum Collection Exhibition

Introduction to Traditional Art: People in Painting

People are an important painting subject. We introduce the history and development of people in paintings in Japan through a variety of works, including images of Buddhist patriarchs, portraits, and genre paintings.

  • Gallery 5 : Learning from Shards: Korean Ceramics
  • Gallery 6 : An Autumn Parting: The Last of the Year's Tea
  • Gallery 5 : The Lure of Ink and Brush: Zen Priests' Calligraphy
  • Gallery 6 : Opening the Hearth: A Celebratory Tea Gathering

Wed., November 3 - Sun., December 19, 2021Gallery 1/2

Special Exhibition Commemorating Designation as an Important Cultural Property

Suzuki Kiitsu's Mountain Streams in Summer and Autumn

This masterpiece by Suzuki Kiitsu, the Edo Rimpa genius, was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2020. This exhibition explores the secrets of its birth and the eccentric ideas at its core.

Wed., November 3 - Sun., December 19, 2021

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Special Exhibition Commemorating Designation as an Important Cultural Property

Suzuki Kiitsu's Mountain Streams in Summer and Autumn

This masterpiece by Suzuki Kiitsu, the Edo Rimpa genius, was designated an Important Cultural Property in 2020. This exhibition explores the secrets of its birth and the eccentric ideas at its core.

  • Gallery 5 : The Lure of Ink and Brush: Zen Priests' Calligraphy
  • Gallery 6 : Opening the Hearth: A Celebratory Tea Gathering

2022

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias, with the Debut of House of Pleasure
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea Gathering: Celebrating the New Year

Sat., January 8 - Sun., February 13, 2022Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The Power of Pattern: Prayers Embedded in Design

Patterns have long been thought to have the power to ward off evil and invite good fortune. Here we explore the meanings of the patterns found on craft works across a variety of periods.

Sat., January 8 - Sun., February 13, 2022

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The Power of Pattern: Prayers Embedded in Design

Patterns have long been thought to have the power to ward off evil and invite good fortune. Here we explore the meanings of the patterns found on craft works across a variety of periods.

  • Gallery 5 : One Hundred Camellias, with the Debut of House of Pleasure
  • Gallery 6 : First Tea Gathering: Celebrating the New Year
  • Gallery 5 : Samurai Artists
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Gathering in Mid Spring

Sat., February 26 – Thu., March 31, 2022Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The Power of Form: Captivating Material

A vessel free of decoration gives a direct sense of the power of its materials and design. Here we introduce those compelling qualities, mainly through lacquerware, ancient and modern.

Sat., February 26 – Thu., March 31, 2022

Gallery 1/2

Museum Collection Exhibition

The Power of Form: Captivating Material

A vessel free of decoration gives a direct sense of the power of its materials and design. Here we introduce those compelling qualities, mainly through lacquerware, ancient and modern.

  • Gallery 5 : Samurai Artists
  • Gallery 6 : A Tea Gathering in Mid Spring
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