Museum Collection Exhibition
Listening to Paintings: Rain, Wind, Bird Songs, and Human Voices
- July 30, Thursday- September 6, Sunday, 2015
|Hours||10 am to 5 pm|
(entrance closed at 4:30 pm)
|General admission||Adult 1000 yen, Student 800 yen|
- Mountain Stream in Summer and Autumn By Suzuki Kiitsu
- Japan Edo period, 19th century Nezu Museum
- Do you hear the babbling of the stream that runs through this Japanese cypress forest and the voice of the lone cicada perched on one of the tree trunks? This work proclaims the strange fascination of capturing a single moment in the flow of time, as though all sound were deliberately erased. This powerful work is by the Edo Rinpa school artist Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858).
- Dragon and Tiger By Sesson Shukei
- Japan Muromachi period, 16th century Nezu Museum
- It has been said, since ancient times, that a dragon’s groan stirs up clouds and a tiger’s roar provokes wind. Sesson Shukei (1504-89?), an artist active during the turbulent sixteenth century in a community far from the capital, was known as a man who distinguished himself in eccentric ways. Here he has added water rising up in fierce waves in this powerful composition that evokes a ferocious roar.
- Important Cultural Property Lake Dongting and the Red Cliff By Ike no Taiga
- Japan Edo period, dated 1771 Private collection/dd>
- Ike no Taiga (1723–1776), a Japanese master of literati painting, based this brilliantly imagined painting of a famous Chinese landscape he had never seen on a sketch in a woodblock-printed book. Viewers who playfully allow themselves to enter this world will find it filled with the sounds of water and everyday life.
- Court Dances By Kusumi Morikage
- Japan Edo period, 17th century Nezu Museum
- This pair of six-panel screens depicts traditional performances of music and dance at the court. On the right we see dancers performing the Taiheiraku, a dance for four performers. On the left are two dancers performing Nasori, and one performing Raryōō. They invite us to hear the elegant music. The artist, Kusumi Morikage, was one of the most outstanding disciples of Kanō Tanyū (1602-1674), one of the foremost early Edo period (early seventeenth century) Kanō school artists.