The Energy of Edo

Genre Painting and Ukiyo-e

April 11, 2020 (Sat) – May 31, 2020 (Sun)

Closed: Mondays (However, open on May 4), May 7 (Thurs)

In the Edo Period (17th Century), after the end of the Warring States era, the notion that people should enjoy life began to spread. Daily life became the subject of paintings, commoners began to seek art and artists began to engage in a variety of activities. More than anything, the people depicted in the pictures are full of an energy looking towards the future. From genre paintings in the early modern era to ukiyo-e will be displayed in this exhibit, including some ukiyo-e that have never before had a public exhibition.

Important Cultural Property “Scenes along the Riverside at Shijo, Kyoto” Edo Period (17th Century)
Kitagawa Utamaro “Parody of Kurumabiki; Four Beauties Enacting the Oxcart Scene” (Woodblock) Edo Period (18th Century)
Katsushika Hokusai “Courtesan with Child Attendants beneath Cherry Blossoms” (hand-painted) Edo Period (19th Century)

Pageant in Art

Masterpieces of Seikado Bunko Art Museum

June 27, 2020 (Sat) - September 22, 2020 (Tues / Holiday)

Closed: Mondays (However, open on August 10, September 21), August 11 (Tues)

2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the establishment of Mitsubishi and this exhibit features items from the collection of the father and son who made Seikado, Yanosuke Iwasaki and Koyata Iwasaki. A wide variety of Important Cultural Property and Important Art Objects and other items representative of famous treasures will be introduced. From Buddhist paintings and ink paintings being shown for the first time post-restoration, to famous works from the Rimpa school of painting, calligraphies, precious tea ceremony utensils, ceramics and lacquerware and old rare books. Please enjoy this “Pageant in Art -Masterpieces of Seikado Bunko Art Museum.”

Important Cultural Property “Tea bowl Yuteki Tenmoku, Jian ware” Southern Song Dynasty(12th - 13th Century)
“Attached tea bowl stand; Flowers design in vermillion lacquer carving” Ming Dynasty (15th Century)
Important Cultural Property Sun Junze “Landscape with Pavilions” Yuan Dynasty (14th Century)
Important Cultural Property “Calligraphy of Zhongfeng Mingben” Yuan Dynasty (14th Century)
Nonomura Ninsei “Heron-shaped incense burner with white slip and iron-oxide underglaze” Edo Period (17th Century)

The Elegance
of Noh world

Noh masks collection of the feudal lord, Mizoguchi family in the Edo period

October 13, 2020 (Tues) - December 6, 2020 (Sun)

Closed: Mondays (However, open on November 23), November 24 (Tues)

In this exhibit, we’ll exhibit for the first time Noh masks from the collection of the feudal lord of Echigo Prefecture’s Shibata Domain, the Mizoguchi family. It’s a miraculous collection that includes the bags and chests for a wide variety of 67 different Noh masks from the latter half of the 18th century. Take a moment in fall to slowly gaze at these Noh masks, treasures of a Daimyo family. Art and publications related to Noh will also be exhibited. We’ll be showing off the charm of Noh.

“Okina (Fukurai)” Latter Muromachi Period (16th Century)
“Nakabeshimi” Early Edo Period (17th Century)
Naonosuke Sugawara “Kurama Tengu Embroidery Frame” [portion] Meiji year 40 (1907)
Noh theater, emblematic of the classical art that represents Japanese culture.

Hina Dolls
of the Iwasaki Family

January 23, 2021 (Sat) - March 21, 2021 (Sun)

Closed: Mondays

Hina dolls that Koyata Iwasaki (1879 - 1945), 4th president of Mitsubishi, ordered for his wife, Takako from the Maruhei, Oki Doll Company. Please come and meet the child-like festival dolls, with their charming white, glossy, round faces. With daffodils and plum blossoms in bloom, we’ll also be exhibiting pictures and crafts that have an appreciation for spring.
National Treasure Tea bowl, Yohen Tenmoku, will also be exhibited.

Hina dolls, crown prince and princess as boy and girl selected from the “Hina Dolls of the Iwasaki Family”
produced by the studio of Oki Heizo V Early Showa Period (20th Century)
Important Cultural Property Nonomura Ninsei “Tea-leaf jar with design of Mt. Yoshino in overglaze enamel”