Exhibition Schedule

Current Exhibition

Matsuo Bashō and the Art of the Genroku Era

November 18 (Fri) —December 18 (Sun), 2022
*The museum is closed on Monday

Matsuo Bashō (1644-94) is a haiku poet active in the first half of the Edo period, born in Ueno, Iga province, who became a master haiku poet in Edo. Through travels to the areas traced in Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) and other later trips in life, Bashō searched for a high literary quality in haiku. His death in Genroku 7 (1694) in Osaka coincides with the time when Genroku culture was just blooming among the townspeople in the kamigata (Kyoto-Osaka) area. This exhibition will display calligraphy and paintings by Bashō, together with artworks by those who admired him, showing the representative arts and crafts of the Genroku era.

Current Exhibition

Exhibition Schedule

2022.4~2023.3

Introduction to Japanese Ceramics—Enjoying Color, Design and Form

April 22 (Fri) —June 26 (Sun), 2022

Introduction to Japanese Ceramics
—Enjoying Color, Design and Form

Japanese ceramics, which were born about 16,000 years ago, are around us everywhere now and have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. The long history, spanning from the creation of pottery to the development of earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, shows the technical advancement of ceramics, but also the changes in esthetics of the Japanese people, what they felt beautiful and admired. Rich variety of ceramics colored the life of each period. This exhibition will unravel the history of beauty by taking an overview of Japanese ceramic history.

The Esthetics of Cha no Yu

July 8 (Fri) —August 21 (Sun), 2022

Tanomura Chikuden and the Bunjin-ga of Kyūshū

Bunjin-ga (literati painting) was introduced to Japan from China during the Edo period, and it was developed by the intellectuals who admired the literati culture. Bunjin-ga flourished in the Bungo province (present day Oita prefecture), and the representative painter is Tanomura Chikuden (1777–1835). A Confucian scholar from the Oka domain (present-day Taketa city, Oita) and well-read in Chinese culture, Chikuden met and exchanged ideas with scholars from various regions, deepening his career as a painter. Through the masterpieces of Chikuden as well as the works of his successor Bungo painters, this exhibition will introduce the profound world of bunjin-ga, which also captured the heart of Idemitsu Sazo.

Commemorating the 150th Year of His Birth 
Itaya Hazan: A New World of Ceramics Transcending Space and Time

September 9 (Fri) —November 11 (Sun), 2022

Commemorating the 150th Year of His Birth
Itaya Hazan— A New World of Ceramics Transcending Space and Time

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Itaya Hazan (real name: Kashichi, 1872—1963), who is known as one of the pioneers of modern ceramic art, the Museum will present a retrospective exhibition featuring his life and works. In addition to experimenting sculptural patterns and various underglaze techniques, Hazan was an early adopter of the Art Nouveau style popular in Europe at the time and created new expressions of design in Japanese ceramics. He also studied ancient Chinese ceramics, producing his original celadon and white porcelain works. In this exhibition, we will introduce the everlasting charm of Hazan’s art through the transition of his works.

Matsuo Bashō and the Art of the Genroku Era

November 18 (Fri) —December 18 (Sun), 2022

Matsuo Bashō and the Art of the Genroku Era

Matsuo Bashō (1644-94) is a haiku poet active in the first half of the Edo period, born in Ueno, Iga province, who became a master haiku poet in Edo. Through travels to the areas traced in Oku no Hosomichi (Narrow Road to the Deep North) and other later trips in life, Bashō searched for a high literary quality in haiku. His death in Genroku 7 (1694) in Osaka coincides with the time when Genroku culture was just blooming among the townspeople in the kamigata (Kyoto-Osaka) area. This exhibition will display calligraphy and paintings by Bashō, together with artworks by those who admired him, showing the representative arts and crafts of the Genroku era.

Iro-e and Sometsuke: Elegantly Decorated Ceramicware

January 13 (Fri) —March 26 (Sun), 2023

Iro-e and Sometsuke— Elegantly Decorated Ceramicware

The elegant designs that decorate the ceramics reflect the tastes of each period and region. These decorative techniques and patterns, which were born and developed mainly in China, were transmitted not only to Japan but also to other regions connected through trade, revealing stories of people’s interactions at the time. On the other hand, the decoration of the ceramics also shows the unique culture and esthetic of the time. The traces of interaction and the presence of original beauty— two features of ceramics will be explored using two technical terms of iro-e (color enamel overglazing) and sometsuke (blue and white porcelain) as keywords. The exhibition will introduce the gorgeous styles of ceramics that blossomed around the world.