"Masterpieces of Buddhist Art: Representing the Sublime" Exhibition

Nezu Institute of Fine Arts

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This summer will be a time to appreciate various aspects of the sublime at the Nezu Museum. The Masterpieces of Buddhist Art: Representing the Sublime exhibition presents a selection of the more than 500 religious art works in the Nezu collection. Approximately 30 works will be displayed, including Buddhist ritual paintings, sculpture and equipment from Japan, China and Korea.

Japan’s Heian to Kamakura periods mark a peak in terms of both the quality and quantity of Buddhist art works created. These works were made as part of the flourishing of various Buddhist sects in Kyoto and Nara, as each group prospered, gathered new followers, trained their faithful and conducted the myriad ceremonies that form the Buddhist faith. This exhibition features a diverse array of subject matter, from mandala paintings, to paintings that served as the central worship images of Esoteric Buddhist sects, plus narrative works depicting the tales, legends and historical subjects related to Buddhism. The magnificent mandala work, Eighty-one Deity Mandala of the Adamantine Realm, the illustrated handscroll sutra, the Illustrated Sutra of Causes and Effects (both Kamakura period and designated Important Cultural Properties), along with Amitabha (Korean, dated to Koryo Dynasty 1306, Important Cultural Property) are some of the must-see works on display. The Museum’s Standing Fudō-myōō (Acalanātha) sculpture has recently been restored, and this is its debut appearance in its newly beautiful form. In addition to displays in Galleries 1 and 2, visitors can also enjoy the Buddhist sculpture on permanent display in the Entrance Hall and throughout the extensive museum gardens.

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From 2010-07-10 To 2010-08-08

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