Chinese Paintings in the Collection of the Kosetsu Museum of Art: Treasures From Across the Sea

Nakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art
Paintings that came across the sea from China were prized as "Karae" or "Karamono" and decorated the floors of temples, shoguns, and feudal lords from the Kamakura and Muromachi periods onward. Ryuhei Murayama (1850-1933), the founder of Asahi Shimbun and an art collector, collected paintings brought to Japan from China and Korea. These included paintings of figures such as Hotei and Kensu, Zen monks of the Tang Dynasty; flower-and-bird paintings depicting birds such as herons and pheasants, and plants such as plums and peonies; and landscape paintings showing people playing in scenic mountains and along waterfronts. The Chinese paintings in the Murayama Collection are thought to have been introduced to Japan during the Edo period.

This exhibition will present Chinese paintings that have never before been exhibited comprehensively, together with accompanying certificates of authenticity and boxes with ink inscriptions. In addition, works from the Muromachi period onward, which were painted by Japanese painters based on Chinese paintings, will also be on view.

Lecture 1: "'Tang Painting’ - Chinese Paintings Introduced to Japan in the Middle and Early Modern Periods"
Date: Saturday, July 1, 14:00-15:30 (Registration starts at 13:30)
Lecturer: Seitei Itakura (Professor, Institute of Oriental Culture, The University of Tokyo)
Venue: Nakanoshima Kaikan (next to Nakanoshima Kosetsu Art Museum)
Fee: 500 yen (admission fee to the exhibition is required)
Capacity: 120 (tentative, first-come-first-served basis)

Lecture 2 "Amplification of Images - The Case of Chinese Paintings and the Kano School
Saturday, July 29, 14:00-15:30 (Registration starts at 13:30)
Lecturer: Asami Noda (Full-time lecturer, Graduate School of Humanities, Kobe University)
Venue: Nakanoshima Kaikan (next to Nakanoshima Kosetsu Art Museum)
Fee: 500 yen (admission fee to the exhibition is required)
Capacity: 120 (tentative, first-come-basis)
For more information on the event and how to register, please visit the official website.


Jun 17 (Sat) 2023-Jul 30 (Sun) 2023 

Opening Hours Information

Until 19:30 on June 22 and July 20.
Open on a public holiday Monday but closed on the following day.
Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1200, University and High School Students ¥700, Junior High and Elementary School Students ¥400
Website企画展「唐からものがたり 画えあり遠方より来/
VenueNakanoshima Kosetsu Museum of Art
Location4F Nakanoshima Festival Tower West, 3-2-4 Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005
AccessDirect walk from exit 12 at Watanabebashi Station on the Keihan line, Direct walk from exit 4 at Higobashi Station on the Yotsubashi subway line, 5 minute walk from exit 7 at Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji subway or Keihan line.