Suntory Museum of Art - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Suntory Museum of Art. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

    Kyosai Kawanabe “Nothing Escaped His Brush”

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2019-02-06 - 2019-03-31

    Kyosai Kawanabe (1831–1889), the “demon of painting,” was an artistic genius active in a great variety of fields. For many years, assessments of his oeuvre focused on his caricatures and his paintings...More »

  • poster for In the Country of Fans, Japan

    In the Country of Fans, Japan

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    • Media: Nihonga - Crafts
    • 2018-11-28 - 2019-01-20

    The “ogi,” or folding fa,n was invented and developed in Japan. When and how the first folding fan came about is unknown. We do know, however, that by the end of the tenth century, folding fans were being...More »

  • poster for Daigoji Temple: A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto

    Daigoji Temple: A Shingon Esoteric Buddhist Universe in Kyoto

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2018-09-19 - 2018-11-11

    Daigoji, located in the Yamashina area of Kyoto, is a celebrated Buddhist temple that has played an important role in Japanese history ever since its founding in 874. Within the Shingon tradition of Esoteric...More »

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    All Day Kids’ Museum

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting - Ceramics - Workshops
    • 2018-08-28 - 2018-08-28

    For one special day, the Suntory Museum of Art turns into a Kids’ Museum! [Related Events] Be a Ship’s Captain Time: 10:30-12:00, 13:30-15:00 Capacity: 2 persons per session Ryukyu Glass Workshop Time:...More »

  • poster for The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

    The Ryukyu Kingdom: A Treasure Chest of Beauty

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2018-07-18 - 2018-09-02

    Okinawa, a prefecture that consists of a great many islands, was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom in the past. As a maritime kingdom and entrepôt, Ryukyu created a distinctive aesthetic. The founding of a dynasty...More »

  • poster for The Glass that Gallé Adored — Glass from the Qing Imperial Collection

    The Glass that Gallé Adored — Glass from the Qing Imperial Collection

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2018-04-25 - 2018-07-01

    The origins of glass production in China lie deep in the past, in the late Spring and Autumn period and the Warring States period (500 BCE to 300 BCE). The glass created then was usually crafted into bi...More »

  • poster for Kan’ei Elegance

    Kan’ei Elegance

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics
    • 2018-02-14 - 2018-04-08

    The beginning of the 17th century saw the end of continuous warfare and the start of a period of prolonged peace with the establishment of the Edo shogunate. This period also brought a cultural sea change...More »

  • poster for Sèvres: 300 Creative Years Porcelain for the French Court

    Sèvres: 300 Creative Years Porcelain for the French Court

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    • Media: Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
    • 2017-11-22 - 2018-01-28

    In 2010, the Manufacture Nationale de Sèvres and the Musée national de Céramique-Sèvres were integrated to establish a new organization under the name Sèvres, Cité de la céramique. This exhibition is the...More »

  • poster for Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi “Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush”

    Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi “Kano Motonobu: All Under Heaven Bowed to His Brush”

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2017-09-16 - 2017-11-05

    Kano Motonobu (1477?-1559) was the second-generation head of the Kano school, which maintained its central role in the art world for about four centuries, starting in the Muromachi period. The Kano school...More »

  • poster for Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi - Box with Fusenryo Design in Mother-of-Pearl Inlay and Maki-e: First Showing of a National Treasure Since Restoration

    Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi - Box with Fusenryo Design in Mother-of-Pearl Inlay and Maki-e: First Showing of a National Treasure Since Restoration

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2017-05-31 - 2017-07-17

    A sacred box designated a National Treasure, incorporating fusenryo design in mother-of-pearl inlay and maki-e lacquer work, will be shown here publicly for the first time since its restoration. Beautifully...More »

  • poster for Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi - Picture Scroll Enthusiasts

    Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi - Picture Scroll Enthusiasts

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga
    • 2017-03-29 - 2017-05-14

    Picture scrolls, also known as e-maki, are an art form original to Japan that blend literature and painting. They have enthralled the Japanese since the middle ages, and there is a constant stream of picture...More »

  • poster for The Collector’s Eye: Ceramics from Europe and Glass from Around the World

    The Collector’s Eye: Ceramics from Europe and Glass from Around the World

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-01-25 - 2017-03-12

    This exhibition presents two recent major additions to the Suntory Museum of Art’s holdings: a collection of European ceramics donated by Noyori Toshiyuki and a collection of ancient to modern glass received...More »

  • poster for Seven Daring Years: Naotake Odano and Akita Ranga

    Seven Daring Years: Naotake Odano and Akita Ranga

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-11-16 - 2017-01-09

    In the mid-Edo period, Naotake Odano (1749-1780), a samurai from Akita, was the central figure in the emergence of a new style of painting, now known as Akita Ranga (Akita Dutch-style painting). Odano,...More »

  • poster for Kiitsu Suzuki― Standard Bearer of the Edo Rimpa School

    Kiitsu Suzuki― Standard Bearer of the Edo Rimpa School

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2016-09-10 - 2016-10-30

    Suzuki Kiitsu (1796-1858) is a painter of the Edo Rimpa school, who was active in the late Edo period. Rimpa was established in Kyoto by Hon’ami Koetsu and Tawaraya Sotatsu in the early Edo period and...More »

  • poster for With The Exceptional Support From The Musée d´Orsay Emile Gallé, 170th Anniversary

    With The Exceptional Support From The Musée d´Orsay Emile Gallé, 170th Anniversary

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2016-06-29 - 2016-08-28

    Emile Gallé (1846-1904) created his own world, lyrically, fantastically, symbolically. This exhibition will address the sources of the artistry he exercised in his masterworks in glass, ceramics, and furniture...More »

  • poster for Chika Takei “Sparkling Blue”

    Chika Takei “Sparkling Blue”

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    • Media: Illustration - Painting
    • 2016-06-20 - 2016-06-25

    Also known for her role in the NHK program “Gatten”, Chika Takei unveils a selection of her bold works.More »

  • poster for The Hara Yasusaburo Collection: Hiroshige Vivid

    The Hara Yasusaburo Collection: Hiroshige Vivid

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2016-04-29 - 2016-06-12

    A leader in the Japanese business world, Hara Yasusaburo (1884-1982), chairman of Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd., was also a devoted collector of ukiyo-e. This exhibition will focus on two masterpieces from his...More »

  • poster for Kozan Miyagawa Retrospective

    Kozan Miyagawa Retrospective

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2016-02-24 - 2016-04-17

    The leading ceramist of the Meiji and Taisho eras, Kozan Miyagawa (1842-1916) was born into a family of Kyoto ceramicists. From an early age he learnt the way of ceramics and porcelain from his father,...More »

  • poster for Prayers to Water

    Prayers to Water

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Product - Crafts
    • 2015-12-16 - 2016-02-07

    Water, the wellspring of life, has long been an object of religious devotion. Pure and mysterious, water is used in both Shinto and Buddhist ritual. We all know the tale of the beautiful princess who lived...More »

  • poster for Morkage Kusumi – From Adversity, a Gentle Gaze at Familiar Things

    Morkage Kusumi – From Adversity, a Gentle Gaze at Familiar Things

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-10-10 - 2015-11-29

    Kusumi Morikage, an artist active in the early Edo period, studied with Kano Tan’yu and was regarded as the most outstanding of his“big four” students. After moving away from the Kano School, he was invited...More »

  • poster for Treasures of the Fujita Museum: The Japanese Conception of Beauty

    Treasures of the Fujita Museum: The Japanese Conception of Beauty

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2015-08-05 - 2015-09-27

    Denzaburo Fujita, a Meiji-period entrepreneur, fearing that Buddhist works of art would be lost due to the anti-Buddhism movement of the early Meiji era, worked hard to preserve paintings, calligraphy,...More »

  • poster for The Maestro of Conception, Kenzan is Here

    The Maestro of Conception, Kenzan is Here

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2015-05-27 - 2015-07-20

    The ceramic artist Ogata Kenzan (1663-1743) was the younger brother of the artist Ogata Korin, founder of what became known as the Rimpa School. Born in a cultivated Kyoto family that owned the Kariganeya,...More »

  • poster for Celebrating Two Contemporary Geniuses: Jakuchu and Buson

    Celebrating Two Contemporary Geniuses: Jakuchu and Buson

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2015-03-18 - 2015-05-10

    Ito Jakuchu and Yosa Buson, two early modern giants of painting in Japan, were born in the same year, 1716. This exhibition, on the occasion of Jakuchu’s and Buson’s three hundredth birthdays, includes...More »

  • poster for Ninnami Dohachi:  An Observant and Brilliant Potter

    Ninnami Dohachi: An Observant and Brilliant Potter

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-12-20 - 2015-03-01

    In the period from about 1804 to 1844, Kyoto produced many highly skilled potters. Among them, Ninnami Dohachi (1783-1855) is particularly admired as a master of Japanese-style Kyoyaki, or Kyoto ceramics,...More »

  • poster for Koyasan 1200th Anniversary: Treasure of the Sacred Mountain

    Koyasan 1200th Anniversary: Treasure of the Sacred Mountain

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2014-10-11 - 2014-12-07

    The scholar-monk Kukai, who studied esoteric Buddhism in China, established an imperially sanctioned base of Shingon Buddhism on Mt. Koya (Koyasan) in 816. As 2015 marks the 1200th year since the founding...More »

  • poster for The Radiance of Stillness and Motion: Bohemian Glass

    The Radiance of Stillness and Motion: Bohemian Glass

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-08-02 - 2014-09-28

    Glass production began in Bohemia (an area corresponding roughly to the Czech Republic today) in the thirteenth century. Bohemian crystal developed in the latter half of the seventeenth century. Its carved...More »

  • poster for “Essays in Idleness -  Enjoying Classical Literature Through Art”

    “Essays in Idleness - Enjoying Classical Literature Through Art”

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2014-06-11 - 2014-07-21

    Essays in Idleness (Tsurezuregusa), written by Yoshida Kenko; in the 1330’s, is regarded, along with The Pillow Book (Makura no Soshi) and An Account of My Hut (Hojoki), as one of the three great collections...More »

  • poster for “The Scientific Eye and Visual Wonders in Edo”

    “The Scientific Eye and Visual Wonders in Edo”

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2014-03-29 - 2014-05-11

    During the latter half of the Edo period, microscopes, telescopes, and other optical devices imported from abroad overturned the conventional thinking about vision in Japan. Interest in images reflected...More »

  • poster for Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces

    Imari: Japanese Porcelain for European Palaces

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2014-01-15 - 2014-03-16

    Porcelain was first produced in the Arita region of what is now Saga Prefecture in the early seventeenth century. It was referred to as Imari because it was shipped from the port of Imari for distribution...More »

  • poster for Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten

    Celestial Dance: The Art of Hiten

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2013-11-23 - 2014-01-13

    Buddhist angels that fly and dance in the sky are known as “Hiten,” and from India to Japan, their elegant and magnificent forms have delighted people for centuries. This exhibition examines the forms...More »

  • poster for A Toast to the Drinking Glass―In History and Life

    A Toast to the Drinking Glass―In History and Life

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    • Media: Product - Crafts
    • 2013-09-11 - 2013-11-10

    The attraction of glass lies in its luster and its clarity. Yet glass was not always clear; it only became so from around the 8th century BCE. As the contents could thus be seen and enjoyed, glass was...More »

  • poster for Tani Buncho:  Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of his Birth

    Tani Buncho: Commemorating the 250th Anniversary of his Birth

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2013-07-03 - 2013-08-25

    Buncho Tani (1763—1840) was one of the preeminent practitioners of Kanto-region Nanga, or literati painting. He was influenced by the Shijo School, Tosa School, and Western-style paintings, and thus created...More »

  • poster for Mono no Aware and Japanese Beauty

    Mono no Aware and Japanese Beauty

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing - Product - Crafts
    • 2013-04-17 - 2013-06-16

    First coined in the Heian era, the phrase “mono no aware” has an air of sophistication even to modern ears. Encountered in the subtleties of human nature and changes in the natural world, the term refers...More »

  • poster for Kabuki: Theaters during the Edo Period

    Kabuki: Theaters during the Edo Period

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Fashion
    • 2013-02-06 - 2013-03-31

    In this exhibition we explore through paintings and other artworks the tradition of kabuki, which blossomed during the Edo period and continues to thrill the public today. The exhibition traces the development...More »

  • poster for "Glass and Design from Finland: the Land of Forests and Lakes" Exhibition

    "Glass and Design from Finland: the Land of Forests and Lakes" Exhibition

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    • Media: Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2012-11-21 - 2013-01-20

    Finnish glass, ceramics, and furniture emphasize the functionality and rational design, but they also manage to be beautiful as well. Items for everyday use are created with the objective of becoming...More »

  • poster for "Otogi-zoshi: Illustrated Tales from Medieval Japan, Land of Stories" Exhibition

    "Otogi-zoshi: Illustrated Tales from Medieval Japan, Land of Stories" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-09-19 - 2012-11-04

    Otogi-zoshi were popular stories appealing to a broad range of readers, written in Medieval Japan, from the Muromachi period to the early Edo period (14th-17th Century). Over 400 stories are known to have...More »

  • poster for "See, Feel, and Enjoy: A Wonderland of Japanese Art" Exhibition

    "See, Feel, and Enjoy: A Wonderland of Japanese Art" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2012-08-08 - 2012-09-02

    Have you ever wanted to take a close look at the detailed pictures on byobu screen, or discover what’s inside an urushi lacquerware box? Or maybe look at a whole emaki picture scroll all at once? Or maybe...More »

  • poster for "Bingata: Colors and Shapes of the Ryukyu Dynasty Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa to Japan" Exhibition

    "Bingata: Colors and Shapes of the Ryukyu Dynasty Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Reversion of Okinawa to Japan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2012-06-13 - 2012-07-22

    Bingata is a textile dyed with a technique created in Okinawa for clothing used by specific classes of Ryukyu society - including royal and shizoku families. The assortment of shapes created using paper...More »

  • poster for "The Eternal Beauty and Luster of Oriental Ceramics" Exhibition

    "The Eternal Beauty and Luster of Oriental Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2012-01-28 - 2012-04-01

    Opening in 1982, the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka has built up one of the largest, most comprehensive, and highest quality collections of oriental ceramics in Japan, incorporating superb donations...More »

  • poster for "Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, Primarily from the Hoeido and Reisho Editions" Exhibiton

    "Hiroshige's Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido, Primarily from the Hoeido and Reisho Editions" Exhibiton

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2011-12-17 - 2012-01-15

    Compare woodblock prints from two versions of the "53 Stations of the Tokaido" series - the Hoeido Edition from the Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art, and the Reisho Edition from the Suntory...More »

  • poster for "Light and Shadows in Namban Art: The Mystery of the Western Kings on Horseback" Exhibition

    "Light and Shadows in Namban Art: The Mystery of the Western Kings on Horseback" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2011-10-26 - 2011-12-04

    Namban art, which blossomed during the Momoyama Period (1573–1615), constitutes an important pillar of the Suntory Museum of Art's collection. This exhibition showcases a wide range of research into the...More »

  • poster for “The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time” Exhibition

    “The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time” Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2011-08-10 - 2011-10-10

    Soon after its development in the late 15th century, Venetian glass took Europe by storm. The beauty of the pieces that were imported to Japan and used as tribute gifts for feudal superiors was such that...More »

  • poster for "Symbols of Immortality: The Phoenix and the Lion" Exhibition

    "Symbols of Immortality: The Phoenix and the Lion" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2011-06-08 - 2011-07-24

    In religion, manners, folklore, entertainment and other aspects of Japanese culture, the phoenix, which had its origin in ancient Chinese fables, and the lion have played important roles as symbols of...More »

  • poster for "In Pursuit of a Dream: The Collection Today - Featuring Recent Acquisitions and Cherished Masterpieces" Exhibition

    "In Pursuit of a Dream: The Collection Today - Featuring Recent Acquisitions and Cherished Masterpieces" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Crafts
    • 2011-03-19 - 2011-05-22

    The Suntory Museum of Art, which first opened in 1961, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2011. The first in a series of special exhibitions to mark this occasion explores the museum’s collection, which...More »

  • poster for "300 Years of Meissen" Exhibition

    "300 Years of Meissen" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2011-01-08 - 2011-03-06

    The year 2011 coincides with the 150th anniversary of Japan-Germany trade relations and the previous year, 2010, marked the 300th anniversary of the establishment of the German factory at Meissen, the...More »

  • poster for "Tsutaya Jūzaburo - Publisher who Discovered Utamaro and Sharaku" Exhibition

    "Tsutaya Jūzaburo - Publisher who Discovered Utamaro and Sharaku" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints
    • 2010-11-03 - 2010-12-19

    Tsutaya Jūzaburo, often called "Tsuta-jū," was the renowned publisher who discovered and developed Utamaro and Sharaku. Focusing on Tsutaya, this exhibition introduces works by the cultural and artistic...More »

  • poster for "Nabeshima Ware - Designs that Inspire Pride" Exhibition

    "Nabeshima Ware - Designs that Inspire Pride" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2010-08-11 - 2010-10-11

    The Nabeshima kiln, run by the Nabeshima family for Kyushu's Saga Clan, was Japan's preeminent kiln in the service of a feudal domain, producing ceramic work for more than 200 years during the Edo period....More »

  • poster for "Elegance and Esprit: Noh and Kyōgen Masterpieces from the National Noh Theatre Collection" Exhibition

    "Elegance and Esprit: Noh and Kyōgen Masterpieces from the National Noh Theatre Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-06-12 - 2010-07-25

    Nōgaku, which encompasses the traditional Japanese performing arts of Noh and Kyōgen, is precious intangible cultural property boasting a history of over 600 years since its inception in the early Muromachi...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Glass: Stylish Vessels, Playful Shapes" Exhibition

    "Japanese Glass: Stylish Vessels, Playful Shapes" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-03-27 - 2010-05-23

    Glass vessels made their appearance in Japanese daily life a little after the middle of the 17th century. Glass is transparent, but resonates with the light it lets through, giving glass vessels a unique,...More »

  • poster for Arts for Japanese Hospitality

    Arts for Japanese Hospitality

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-01-27 - 2010-03-14

    When you invite guests, you make the effort to do something special that differs from your everyday approach. That desire to take special care of your guests-that spirit of hospitality-becomes visible...More »

  • poster for Kiyokata Karabuki "Kiyokata Nostalgia"

    Kiyokata Karabuki "Kiyokata Nostalgia"

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-11-18 - 2010-01-11

    During an era of dramatic change in Japan that stretched from the Meiji to the Showa periods, Kiyokata Karabuki (1878-1972) paved the way towards original artistic expression by finding sources of inspiration...More »

  • poster for "Washi: The Timeless Beauty of Japanese Paper" Exhibition

    "Washi: The Timeless Beauty of Japanese Paper" Exhibition

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    • Media: Sculpture
    • 2009-09-19 - 2009-11-03

    Traditional hand-made Japanese paper washi is known for its soft shades of color and textures while being resistant and pliable. From ancient times to the current days, washi has inspired diverse forms...More »

  • poster for "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art from the Seattle Art Museum" Exhibition

    "Luminous Jewels: Masterpieces of Asian Art from the Seattle Art Museum" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2009-07-25 - 2009-09-06

    The largest coastal city in the state of Washington, Seattle has profound ties of friendship with Japan. The Seattle Art Museum was founded in 1933 by geologist and art collector Richard E. Fuller (1897–1976)...More »

  • poster for "Tenchijin-The Life and Times of Naoe Kanetsugu Introducing the Background to NHK's Taiga" Exhibition

    "Tenchijin-The Life and Times of Naoe Kanetsugu Introducing the Background to NHK's Taiga" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts
    • 2009-05-30 - 2009-07-12

    The Battles of Kawanakajima were fierce showdowns between the sworn rivals, Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. They were two of the greatest generals of Japanese history and, after their deaths, Kenshin’s...More »

  • poster for "A Glittering Interlude: Visions of Satsuma-kiriko" Exhibition

    "A Glittering Interlude: Visions of Satsuma-kiriko" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2009-03-28 - 2009-05-17

    The artistic cut glass known as satsuma-kiriko had a fleeting existence, with production flourishing and then coming to an end within the last few decades of the Edo period. Cut to produce a prism-like...More »

  • poster for "National Treasures of Mii-dera Temple: 1150th Anniversary of Chisho Daishi's Homecoming/400th Anniversary of Kano Mitsunobu's Death" Exhibition

    "National Treasures of Mii-dera Temple: 1150th Anniversary of Chisho Daishi's Homecoming/400th Anniversary of Kano Mitsunobu's Death" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture
    • 2009-02-07 - 2009-03-15

    Mii-dera(also known as Onjo-ji), the head temple of the Tendai Jimon sect of Buddhism, is located on a picturesque site overlooking Lake Biwa and is known for its cherry blossoms and evening bells. It...More »

  • poster for "Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black and Gold Maki-e" Exhibition

    "Export Lacquer: Reflection of the West in Black and Gold Maki-e" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2008-12-23 - 2009-01-26

    Maki-e, a traditional form of Japanese "urushi" lacquerware was brought over to Europe, where the technique became known as "japanning." This is the first exhibition to present an extensive overview of...More »

  • poster for "Picasso: Portrait of Soul" Exhibition

    "Picasso: Portrait of Soul" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-10-04 - 2008-12-14

    In the Marais district of Paris stands the Musée National Picasso, home to a collection of works most of which Picasso himself owned at the time of his death. Due to renovations at the museum, an international...More »

  • poster for "Kosode: Haute Couture Kimonos of the Edo Period" Exhibition

    "Kosode: Haute Couture Kimonos of the Edo Period" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2008-07-26 - 2008-09-21

    Clothing to adorn the body has always drawn attention in matters of beauty. During the Edo period (1603-1968), when the kosode (the predecessor to the modern kimono) was adopted as the universal garment...More »

  • poster for "Kazari: The Impulse to Decorate in Japan" Exhibition

    "Kazari: The Impulse to Decorate in Japan" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-05-24 - 2008-07-13

    Since prehistoric times the Japanese have employed kazari (the act of adorning) with great enthusiasm and to great effect in all aspects of daily life, from clothes to periodic festivals and ritual ceremonies...More »

  • poster for "Gallé and Japonisme" Exhibition

    "Gallé and Japonisme" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2008-03-20 - 2008-05-11

    A great many objects of Japanese arts made their way to Europe during the second half of the nineteenth century through various means: some came with diplomats returning home from Japan, others were displayed...More »

  • poster for "Toulouse-Lautrec et la vie parisienne" Exhibition

    "Toulouse-Lautrec et la vie parisienne" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Prints - Talks
    • 2008-01-26 - 2008-03-09

    This exhibition introduces the works of artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec who played a large role in late nineteenth century Parisian popular culture. Approximately 250 oil paintings, sketches, posters...More »

  • poster for "Wa Mode - Japanese Female Mode: Traditional Costume and Make Up" Exhibition

    "Wa Mode - Japanese Female Mode: Traditional Costume and Make Up" Exhibition

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    • Media: Prints - Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2007-12-23 - 2008-01-14

    Traditional Japanese "wa" culture has been in the spotlight recently, and accessories and fashion items incorporating "wa" are seen often. This exhibition gives the title "wa mode" to this trend and style...More »

  • poster for "National Treasure, Choju-Jinbutsu-Giga Emaki" Exhibition

    "National Treasure, Choju-Jinbutsu-Giga Emaki" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Party - Talks
    • 2007-11-03 - 2007-12-16

    Japanese antique art often gives the impression of being difficult to understand. Within this field, the four scrolls titled "Choju-Giga" (short for Choju-Jinbutsu-Giga and meaning Frolicking Animals and...More »

  • poster for "Biombo: Japan Heritage as Legend of Gold" Exhibition

    "Biombo: Japan Heritage as Legend of Gold" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Party - Talks
    • 2007-09-01 - 2007-10-21

    Biombo is pronounced "bi-on-bo" and means "byoubu (folding screen)" in Portuguese and Spanish. Japanese folding screens were sent abroad at the beginning of the modern era as an export item of the Nanban...More »

  • poster for "Water in Life" Exhibition

    "Water in Life" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Talks
    • 2007-06-16 - 2007-08-19

    This exhibition is held in commemoration of the opening of the Suntory Museum of Art with the theme of "water," the source of Japan's abundant natural environment. The exhibition has four sections entitled...More »

  • poster for IWAI: Arts of Celebration

    IWAI: Arts of Celebration

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    • Media: Painting - Prints - Party - Talks
    • 2007-03-30 - 2007-06-03

    This exhibition celebrates the opening of Suntory Museum of Art in Roppongi with a display of 150 works from the museum collection to five themes: "anniversary", with displays of auspicious omens motifs,...More »

  • poster for Salute to Akasaka-Mitsuke: Art in Life 1975-2004

    Salute to Akasaka-Mitsuke: Art in Life 1975-2004

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics - Crafts
    • 2004-12-18 - 2004-12-30

    Suntory Museum of Art completes its activities at the current location, with this “Salute to Akasaka-mitsuke: Suntory Museum of Art Fine Art Exhibition - Art in Life 1975-2004 -", and will begin the preparation...More »

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    Early Imai

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    • Media: Ceramics - Crafts
    • 2004-11-02 - 2004-12-12

    The Origins of Underglaze Cobalt-blue and Overglaze Polychrome Enamels. Collection of works ranging from the Hizen era (Jiki Ceramics) to the progressive appearance of colorful works, utilizing skills...More »

  • poster for Ancient Chinese Calligraphy and Relics

    Ancient Chinese Calligraphy and Relics

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    • Media: Graphics - Crafts
    • 2004-09-07 - 2004-10-24

    This exhibition will introduce a variety of cultural articles, featuring writings on silk and on wooden strips which are almost unknown in Japan, while showcasing the dynamic art of ancient Chinese calligraphy...More »

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