The Yomiuri Shimbun The number of exhibits at the “Masterpieces of Japanese Art: From Sesshu and Eitoku to Korin and Hokusai,” which will be held at the Tokyo National Museum from May 3 to June 2, will be raised to 41 from 20.
The 41 artworks will be on display throughout the period at the special exhibition to be held under the Tsumugu Project: Promoting, Restoring and Preserving the Beauty of Japan’s Art, which is jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Agency, the Imperial Household Agency and The Yomiuri Shimbun.
The organizations decided on the enhancement in the hope of increasing the appeal of the event by displaying more masterpieces.
In addition to “Chinese Lions,” painted by Kano Eitoku, and national treasure “Autumn and Winter Landscapes,” drawn by artist and Zen monk Sesshu Toyo — both of which were already planned for display — 21 more artworks, including two national treasures, seven important cultural assets and a renowned artwork housed at the Sannomaru Shozokan (Museum of the Imperial Collections) will be shown at the Tokyo National Museum located in Tokyo’s Ueno district.
One of the prime exhibits will be national treasure “Cooling off,” painted by Kusumi Morikage of the Kano School. It depicts a man, a woman and a child enjoying the cool evening air, inviting touching and poetic imaginings. Another national treasure, “Man’yo shu Poetry Anthology, Genryaku Version, Vol. 1,” from the Heian period (794 to late 12th century) will also be exhibited. It is a transcription on decorated paper of the “Manyoshu,” Japan’s oldest poetry anthology.
Important cultural asset “Maiko Girl,” painted by Seiki Kuroda, who is representative of modern oil painting in Japan, and “Dragons Raging and Swirling,” which was drawn by Taikan Yokoyama and presented to Emperor Showa, will also be among the exhibits. In addition, an artwork by Yosa Buson and another by Ikeno Taiga, both important cultural assets, will be introduced. The artists are known for achieving great success in literati painting in the nation.
Meanwhile fine arts and crafts to be designated as national treasures or important cultural assets this year are on display through May 6 at the Tokyo National Museum. The exhibits of the “2019 Newly Designated National Treasures and Important Cultural Properties” can be enjoyed by visitors with a ticket for “Masterpieces of Japanese Art: From Sesshu and Eitoku to Korin and Hokusai.”
The Tsumugu Project is aimed at preserving, repairing and promoting cultural properties, masterpieces associated with the Imperial family and other renowned artworks in a unified manner, using revenue from special exhibitions organized by the project and other sources.Speech