Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan - Past Events

Below is a list of all past events for Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan. Current and upcoming events, as well as other details, are available on the venue's page.

  • poster for Cast Letters from the Past – Jinwen Bronze Inscriptions of Ancient China

    Cast Letters from the Past – Jinwen Bronze Inscriptions of Ancient China

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    • Media: Graphics - Drawing - Sculpture - Product
    • 2019-11-09 - 2019-12-20

    In the Shang and Zhou periods in China, 3,000 years ago, bronze vessels were actively cast with various forms, and those products had ancient letters on their surfaces. Jin wen, inscriptions on ancient...More »

  • poster for New Life for Timeless Art

    New Life for Timeless Art

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    • Media: Nihonga - Talks
    • 2019-09-10 - 2019-10-27

    National treasures and important cultural properties, recently restored with funding provided by the Sumitomo Foundation Grant for Projects for Protection, Preservation & Restoration, will be on exhibition...More »

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    Yukata

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    • Media: Fashion - Crafts - Talks
    • 2019-05-28 - 2019-07-07

    Few things represent summer in Japan like the yukata, traditional Japanese clothing popularly worn today at festivals. The yukata dates back to the Edo period, where it was worn as leisurewear after bathing....More »

  • poster for The Blossoming of Imperial Culture: Technique and Aesthetic in the Adornments of the Meiji Court

    The Blossoming of Imperial Culture: Technique and Aesthetic in the Adornments of the Meiji Court

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    • Media: Nihonga - Fashion - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2019-03-16 - 2019-05-10

    In the Meiji period (1868-1912), the Imperial family adopted Western clothes and cuisine to promote diplomatic relations with foreign countries. They entertained foreign dignitaries finally in the Meiji...More »

  • poster for Deities Dwell on Vessels: Decorations and Motifs of Chinese Bronzes

    Deities Dwell on Vessels: Decorations and Motifs of Chinese Bronzes

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    • Media: Sculpture - Product - Crafts - Ceramics - Workshops - Talks
    • 2018-11-17 - 2018-12-24

    The ancient bronze works of China have had a long-lasting impact on the forms and patterns found in East Asian metal craft. Ancient deities often appear in elaborately detailed motifs on the surfaces of...More »

  • poster for Hogai Kano and Shitenno - The Other Current of Modern Nihonga

    Hogai Kano and Shitenno - The Other Current of Modern Nihonga

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2018-09-15 - 2018-10-28

    Shusui Okakura, Fuho Oka, Shotetsu Takaya, Tenjo Honda are the four disciples of Hogai Kano, the father of modern Nihonga. Not only were these four witnesses to the creation of Hogai’s masterpiece ”Hibo...More »

  • poster for The Colors of Urushi – From Jet Black to Gold and Silver

    The Colors of Urushi – From Jet Black to Gold and Silver

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    • 2018-06-02 - 2018-07-16

    Urushi lacquer is one of Japan’s most important arts and crafts. Its many forms, including gold-and-silver powder maki-e, inlaid seashells, and seven-colored raden mother-of-pearl have enriched people’s...More »

  • poster for Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Okoku Konoshima Part II: Four Seasons and Other Modern Bird-and-Flower Folding Screens

    Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Okoku Konoshima Part II: Four Seasons and Other Modern Bird-and-Flower Folding Screens

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    • Media: Nihonga
    • 2018-04-14 - 2018-05-06

    A two-part exhibition introducing the work of Okoku Konoshima, a Nihonga painter active in Kyoto from the Meiji (1868-1912) through Showa (1926-1989) eras. Having studied under Keinen Imao in Kyoto’s Maruyama-Shijo...More »

  • poster for Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Okoku Konoshima “Part I: Adventures in Modern Animal Painting”

    Celebrating the 140th Birthday of Okoku Konoshima “Part I: Adventures in Modern Animal Painting”

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    • Media: Nihonga - Talks
    • 2018-02-24 - 2018-04-08

    This two-part exhibition introduces the work of Okoku Konoshima, a Nihonga painter active in Kyoto from the Meiji era (1868-1912) through the Showa (1926-1989) period. Having studied under Keinen Imao...More »

  • poster for Elegance and Fantasy: Chinese Painters of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties

    Elegance and Fantasy: Chinese Painters of the Late Ming and Early Qing Dynasties

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2017-11-03 - 2017-12-10

    This exhibition introduces elegant brush and ink landscape paintings in the tradition of the Wu School that was active from the end of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644) to the early days of the Qing Dynasty...More »

  • poster for Chu Asai’s Kyoto Legacy - Kyoto Institute of Technology Arts and Crafts Collection

    Chu Asai’s Kyoto Legacy - Kyoto Institute of Technology Arts and Crafts Collection

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    • Media: Nihonga - Product - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-09-09 - 2017-10-13

    Chu Asai (1856-1907) is a well-known Japanese western-style painter who experienced Europe by traveling to events such as the Paris Exposition. He brought back with him a strong interest in design, related...More »

  • poster for In Praise of Swords: Masterpieces from Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

    In Praise of Swords: Masterpieces from Kurokawa Institute of Ancient Cultures

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    • Media: Painting - Nihonga - Crafts - Sound - Talks
    • 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-04

    This exhibition will present a renowned sword collection full of masterpieces praised by sword-lovers that have not been exhibited widely in Tokyo until now. The pieces on show are from the collection...More »

  • poster for Amazing Folding Screen and Tea Ceremony Wares for Spring

    Amazing Folding Screen and Tea Ceremony Wares for Spring

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    • Media: Nihonga - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2017-02-25 - 2017-05-07

    This two-part exhibition will showcase amazing springtime themed folding screens, tea ceremony ware and new items in the collection. You can see an imperial visit by Emperor Go-Mizunoo to Kyoto’s Nijo...More »

  • poster for The Beauty of Transcendence – 400 Years of Arita Ware

    The Beauty of Transcendence – 400 Years of Arita Ware

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    • Media: Ceramics - Talks
    • 2016-09-24 - 2016-12-04

    In Arita, Saga of the early Edo period the first porcelain of Japan was made. With vivid color and intricate detail, the eye catching art of Arita ceramics became a world wide hit as it was revealed through...More »

  • poster for Shunsui Sumitomo - The Beauty of Wa

    Shunsui Sumitomo - The Beauty of Wa

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    • Media: Painting - Product - Ceramics
    • 2016-06-04 - 2016-08-05

    Shunsui Sumitomo created the foundations of the Sumitomo group across the Meiji and Showa era, as the 15th generation of the Sumitomo family. He also had a life long commitment to art and culture and built...More »

  • poster for Baron Sumitomo Art Collection

    Baron Sumitomo Art Collection

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2016-02-27 - 2016-05-08

    Presenting works from the collection of Shunsui Sumitomo, an architect of the Sumitomo Group conglomerate in the Meiji and Taisho eras, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Sumitomo collected...More »

  • poster for Kimono Modernism

    Kimono Modernism

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    • Media: Painting - Fashion - Crafts
    • 2015-09-26 - 2015-12-06

    Across the Taisho and Showa periods many people came to enjoy new social freedoms, which were also accompanied with the emergence of new fabrics, designs which came to form richly patterned kimono. As...More »

  • poster for The Gifts of French Painting— Treasured Masterpieces

    The Gifts of French Painting— Treasured Masterpieces

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2015-05-30 - 2015-08-02

    The Sumitomo Family, which founded what is now the Sumitomo Group in the Meiji era, was also deeply involved in arts and culture. The Sumitomo companies displayed works of art in their offices, adding...More »

  • poster for Senyo Ogawa “To Live as One Pleases”

    Senyo Ogawa “To Live as One Pleases”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2015-03-07 - 2015-05-10

    In the first retrospective of painter Senyo Ogawa(1882-1971), this exhibition offers up 150 examples of Buddhist painting, Western-style painting, and Nihonga produced over various periods of his career,...More »

  • poster for The Beauty of Kyogama Kettles

    The Beauty of Kyogama Kettles

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2014-11-01 - 2014-12-14

    Focusing on the kettles of the Sumitomo Collection, this exhibition traces the lineage of Kyoto-style tea ceremony kettles by several different kettle-making families, including the Onishis, the Nagoshis,...More »

  • poster for Hazan Itaya “Celebrating the Artist on the 50th Anniversary of His Death”

    Hazan Itaya “Celebrating the Artist on the 50th Anniversary of His Death”

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    • Media: Ceramics - Talks
    • 2014-06-14 - 2014-08-24

    Taking up the patterns of Art Nouveau, and fusing motifs of the East, Hazan Itaya (1872-1963) was able to achieve new heights in modern Japanese cermaic art. In his pursuit of beauty Itaya came to invent...More »

  • poster for “Famed Japanese Artists and their Meeting with Paris”

    “Famed Japanese Artists and their Meeting with Paris”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-03-15 - 2014-05-11

    A rare chance to see the Sumitomo collection of 19th and 20th century art, including prominent Paris trained artists Seiki Kuroda, Takeji Fujishima and Tsuguharu Fujita. [Image: Takeshirou Kanokogi...More »

  • poster for “Okoku Konoshima - The Genius of Kyoto Nihonga”

    “Okoku Konoshima - The Genius of Kyoto Nihonga”

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2014-01-11 - 2014-02-16

    In a retrospective of the work of nihonga legend Okoku Konoshima(1877-1938) this exhibition examines examples of his work and accompanying documents covering the various periods of his career across the...More »

  • poster for The Beauty of Imari Sometsuke Porcelain

    The Beauty of Imari Sometsuke Porcelain

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2013-09-14 - 2013-12-08

    In the Edo period, much Sometsuke (white porcelain dyed with cobalt) was produced at Hizen and Arita, and then distributed via the port of Imari in Saga Prefecture to the whole of Japan. Measuring as large...More »

  • poster for Modern Nihonga Through its Themes

    Modern Nihonga Through its Themes

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2013-06-15 - 2013-08-18

    The themes of nihonga are largely divided into “Birds and Flowers” (Still life), “Mountains and Water”(Landscape) and portraiture, but when these are examined more closely they reveal a rich context depicting...More »

  • poster for Sumitomo Group's Treasure Paintings: Flowers

    Sumitomo Group's Treasure Paintings: Flowers

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2013-03-02 - 2013-05-12

    Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan was established as an art museum to preserve, research and exhibit the art collection of the Sumitomo family. This exhibition features masterpieces ordinarily not shown to the public,...More »

  • poster for "New Year Exhibition: Shape of Happiness"

    "New Year Exhibition: Shape of Happiness"

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    • Media: Painting - Sculpture - Ceramics
    • 2013-01-12 - 2013-02-11

    Since ancient times, good fortune and auspiciousness have been ascribed to various motifs and patterns in art. On display is a selection of 70 works inspired by the theme of auspicious omens and happiness,...More »

  • poster for "Chinese Painting: The Best of the Sumitomo Collection" Exhibition

    "Chinese Painting: The Best of the Sumitomo Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2012-10-13 - 2012-12-16

    Features superb artworks from Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan's collection of Chinese paintings, including the work of Bada Shanren and Shitao, who were active at the end of the Ming and start of the Qing dynasties....More »

  • poster for "Enchanting Female Portraits by Modern Japanese Painters" Exhibition

    "Enchanting Female Portraits by Modern Japanese Painters" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2012-07-07 - 2012-09-23

    This exhibition brings together a selection of works by early Meiji era painters that depict female figures. Shunsui Kawabata, who was involved in the creation of the Sumitomo collection, realized the...More »

  • poster for "Modern Kyoyaki and Kyoto Paintings" Exhibition

    "Modern Kyoyaki and Kyoto Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics
    • 2012-04-14 - 2012-06-17

    The ceramic artists of the Kyoto area were producing elegant local ceramic wares ("Kyoyaki") from the Edo era, but then from the middle of the period they were influenced by the vogue for the tea ceremony...More »

  • poster for "Ten Years Since Opening: Mystical Design, Chinese Bronze Arts Chic" Exhibition

    "Ten Years Since Opening: Mystical Design, Chinese Bronze Arts Chic" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2012-01-07 - 2012-02-26

    Bronze ware is one of China's most representative arts and has a history of some three thousand years. Intricate and highly decorative artworks, bronze ware also played a role in rituals. This exhibition...More »

  • poster for "Tea Ceremony Master Shunsui Sumitomo and Tea" Exhibition

    "Tea Ceremony Master Shunsui Sumitomo and Tea" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2011-10-22 - 2011-12-11

    The world of politics and finance during the Meiji and Taisho periods produced many enthusiasts of the Japanese tea ceremony. Shunsui Sumitomo, a tea ceremony master with a deep knowledge of Chinese culture,...More »

  • poster for "Arts of the Study: Ming and Qing Jade, Glassware and Metalwork" Exhibition

    "Arts of the Study: Ming and Qing Jade, Glassware and Metalwork" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2011-07-16 - 2011-09-25

    China in the Ming and Qing dynasties produced numerous extraordinary crafts, exquisitely crafted from beautiful materials. These articles were much loved at court and in the studies of writers, and also...More »

  • poster for "Modern Western and Japanese Paintings" Exhibition

    "Modern Western and Japanese Paintings" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2011-04-09 - 2011-06-26

    Although previous exhibitions featuring works from the museum's collection were divided into Western and Japanese paintings and displayed in separate galleries, this exhibition showcases works broadly...More »

  • poster for "Chinese Bronze Mirrors" Exhibition

    "Chinese Bronze Mirrors" Exhibition

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

    One of China's most representative metalworking traditions, bronze mirrors were produced in China from neolithic times up until the Qing Dynasty, reaching a peak of technical accomplishment during the...More »

  • poster for "Exquisite Metal Crafts from the Late Edo and Meiji Period" Exhibition

    "Exquisite Metal Crafts from the Late Edo and Meiji Period" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts
    • 2010-10-16 - 2010-12-12

    Japanese metalworking techniques, especially those involved in the manufacture of swords, knives and other weaponry, have been gradually honed since the Muromachi period. With the advent of the Meiji era,...More »

  • poster for "Painters from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka" Exhibition

    "Painters from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2010-07-17 - 2010-09-26

    This exhibition showcases the different contrasting styles of painters from Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka during the Edo period, a time when each city possessed its own distinctive vernacular style that was being...More »

  • poster for "Tea Ceremony Utensils from the Sumitomo Collection" Exhibition

    "Tea Ceremony Utensils from the Sumitomo Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2010-04-24 - 2010-06-20

    The Roppongi branch of the Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To commemorate this event, this exhibition showcases a range of tea ceremony utensils from the Sumitomo collection. [Image:...More »

  • poster for "Spring Guise" Exhibition

    "Spring Guise" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Ceramics
    • 2010-01-09 - 2010-03-14

    It is a long Japanese tradition to adorn the houses with paintings and ceramics with auspicious motifs and decorations in spring wishing for a good year. On view are such works that will celebrate the...More »

  • poster for "Hyochien - Modern Kyoto Ceramics" Exhibition

    "Hyochien - Modern Kyoto Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2009-10-24 - 2009-12-13

    Kyoto Hyochien is a type of ceramic that was produced by Noritatsu Kawahara in the Meiji and Taisho eras. Unhappy with the stultifying designs of Japanese ceramics in comparison to what he saw at the Paris...More »

  • poster for "Selected Works from the Takashimaya Museum Collection" Exhibition

    "Selected Works from the Takashimaya Museum Collection" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2009-07-18 - 2009-09-27

    The Takashimaya Museum is renowned for its collection that spans various genres such as Japanese style painting, Western style painting, drawings, noh costumes and crafts. It was established in 1970 in...More »

  • poster for "Hazan Itaya and Modern Ceramics" Exhibition

    "Hazan Itaya and Modern Ceramics" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2009-04-18 - 2009-06-14

    In 2002, "Hoko-saiji-chinka-mon-kabin" (Hoko-glazed fruit-patterned vase) by Hazan Itaya became the first modern ceramic ware to be designated as an Important Cultural Property, along with a work by Kozan...More »

  • poster for "Modern Byobu-e" Exhibition

    "Modern Byobu-e" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2009-01-10 - 2009-03-15

    "Byobu" which originated in the Former Han Dynasty (206 BC-25 AD), were screens used as shields from wind, in addition to creating a private space. Numerous Byobu works have been created because of their...More »

  • poster for "Japanese Penmanship" Exhibition

    "Japanese Penmanship" Exhibition

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    • 2008-10-18 - 2008-12-07

    Drawn from the Sumitomo collection, the art of writing from ancient to modern Japan is presented in this exhibition. The highlight of the collection is the sophisticated kana works created by aristocrats...More »

  • poster for "Shippo - Cloisonne of Meiji" Exhibition

    "Shippo - Cloisonne of Meiji" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2008-07-19 - 2008-09-15

    Shippo (cloisonne) is a decorative technique of ceramic making using glass powder to create beautiful patterns. In Japan, shippo flourished in the middle ages throughout the modern period. Especially in...More »

  • poster for "Contrasting Beauty in Modern Nihon-ga and Yo-ga" Exhibition

    "Contrasting Beauty in Modern Nihon-ga and Yo-ga" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2008-03-15 - 2008-06-08

    The history of Japanese modern painting has evolved into something absolutely unique because of the coexistence of two styles, Nihon-ga (Japanese traditional painting) and Yo-ga (Western style oil painting)....More »

  • poster for "The Heart of Kichijo" Exhibition

    "The Heart of Kichijo" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing - Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2008-01-05 - 2008-02-17

    "Kichijo" stands for happiness and a sign of good fortune. Traditionally, Japanese people hang paintings that bring good luck to the family for the New Year holidays. This exhibition presents Chinese...More »

  • poster for "Kibo Kodama - Nihonga & Sketches" Exhibition

    "Kibo Kodama - Nihonga & Sketches" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Drawing
    • 2007-10-27 - 2007-12-09

    Born in Hiroshima in the 30th year of the Meiji Era(1897), Kibo Kojima began studying with Gyokudo Kawai in the 7th year of the Taisho Era(1918). His work "Summer Mountain" was selected in Tei-Ten, the...More »

  • poster for "The Glory of Flowers and Birds - The form and heart of Japan & China" Exhibition

    "The Glory of Flowers and Birds - The form and heart of Japan & China" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2007-08-04 - 2007-09-24

    From the Sumitomo collection, this exhibition features paintings of birds and flowers by artists from the Edo period. In addition to renowned works by Jakuchu Ito, Goshun, and Chinzan Tsubaki, many paintings...More »

  • poster for "Tea Utensils" Exhibition

    "Tea Utensils" Exhibition

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    • Media: Crafts - Ceramics
    • 2007-04-28 - 2007-07-01

    Cups and tools used for Japanese traditional tea ceremony are on display. In addition to tools, this exhibition also puts the spotlight on the boxes used to store bowls and instruments. Even a tiny container...More »

  • poster for "From Daimyo to Marquis" Exhibition

    "From Daimyo to Marquis" Exhibition

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    • Media: Fashion
    • 2007-01-06 - 2007-03-11

    Inherited from the Daimyo down through the household of the Marquis, the ancestral articles of the Nabejima household have repeatedly met with disaster, and yet preserve a vast quantity of style fitting...More »

  • poster for "Chinese Pottery: Appreciating its Aesthetic" Exhibition

    "Chinese Pottery: Appreciating its Aesthetic" Exhibition

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2006-11-03 - 2006-12-10

    This exhibition presents Chinese pottery from the point of view of a collector's eye, displaying the wide variety of styles and aesthetics achieved by their craftsmen.More »

  • poster for "The Masters of Western-style Painting" Exhibition

    "The Masters of Western-style Painting" Exhibition

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    • Media: Painting - Talks
    • 2006-08-05 - 2006-10-09

    This is an exhibition of works by Chu Asai, Monet and many others that are in the museum's collection. There will be a gallery talk every Saturday from 14:00-.More »

  • poster for Special Exhibition: "Mirrors of the Tang Dynasty"

    Special Exhibition: "Mirrors of the Tang Dynasty"

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    • Media: Crafts - Talks
    • 2006-06-03 - 2006-07-23

    The Sui dynasty, which over three hundred years unified the divided north and south of China, and the subsequent Tang dynasty, which did much to support the flourishing of art and culture, both had a great...More »

  • poster for Eastern and Western Modern Ceramics

    Eastern and Western Modern Ceramics

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    • Media: Ceramics
    • 2006-04-01 - 2006-05-21

    In any age there are people who make new things, looking back at the past and studying its wisdom, searching for novelty in its techniques and design. From the 1860s to the first two decades of the 20th...More »

  • poster for Beauty in Modern Japanese Painting

    Beauty in Modern Japanese Painting

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    • Media: Painting
    • 2005-09-23 - 2005-11-06

    The modern Japanese Painting collection at the Sen-Oku Hakuko Kan has many works from the Kansai area. The artists are mainly from Kyoto and Osaka, and they are well known artists in their painting styles,...More »

  • poster for Sayoko Eri Kirikane World - Brilliance and Romance of Gold Leaf -

    Sayoko Eri Kirikane World - Brilliance and Romance of Gold Leaf -

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    • Media: Sculpture - Crafts
    • 2005-07-02 - 2005-09-04

    "Kiri-Kane" is a decorative technique used in Buddhist artworks. Also known as "Cut-Gold Leaf", it is done by cutting layered sheets of gold leaves into fine strips or other shapes using a knife made of...More »

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