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Modern housecat are said to have originated from mountain lions domesticated in ancient Egypt, and have been used around the world as catchers of mice for grain farmers. According to Buddhist legend, cats in Japan were used on ships to protect books of sutras from damage by mice. Classical Japanese texts including the “Pillow Book” and “Tale of the Genji” describe how cats were loved by the emperor and the aristocratic classes, and picture scrolls from the Heian and Kamakura eras portray cats in the life of the common people. In the Edo era, paintings of beautiful women often showed cats as adorable creatures, and the flower and bird paintings of the Nagasaki School used them as a symbol of long life. Many modern painters and sculptors including Fumio Asakura, Tsuguharu Fujita, and Genichiro Inokuma have chosen cats as the subjects of their masterpieces. Focusing on cat-themed art from the modern period onward, this exhibition presents 87 works, including pieces from China and Korea, which show the nobility and beauty of felines and reflect on the relationships of people and cats.

Part 1: Apr. 5 (Sat)–Apr. 28 (Mon)
Part 2: Apr. 29 (Tues, public holiday)–5/18 (Sun)

[Related Event]
Neko Rakugo
Date: May 3 (Sat, public holiday) 14:00–15:00
Performers: Keio University Rakugo Club members
Venue: B2F Hall
Audience: 80 (first-come basis)
Free with exhibition admission
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from April 05, 2014 to May 18, 2014

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