SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART

Picture scrolls, or e-maki, which blend literature and painting, are an art form original to Japan. Since the middle ages, they have constantly enthralled us Japanese, and picture scroll enthusiasts, whose passion approached a mania, have emerged over and over again. This exhibition focuses on some of the classic examples, including the retired emperor Go-Shirakawa, Emperor Hanazono, and the aristocrat Sanjonishi Sanetaka. It examines the records they kept of their experiences while appreciating picture scrolls and other documents to reveal how these works were actually enjoyed. By seeking to gain an understanding of these men, powerful patrons as well as enthusiasts, this exhibition will introduce previously unexplored aspects of the context in which picture scrolls were created.

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Celebrating a Decade in Roppongi
Picture Scroll Enthusiasts

March 29 to May 14, 2017

*There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition
*Download the list of changes in works on display

The e-maki picture scroll, which fuses literature with painting, is an art form that has long flourished in Japan.
Today, most of us encounter picture scrolls by gazing at them in glass cases at museums. Originally, however, picture scrolls were objects that appreciative viewers actually handled for their own enjoyment. These scrolls that unroll in the hand have fascinated people in Japan since medieval times.
This exhibition focuses on the great enthusiasts of the genre—the retired emperor Go-Shirakawa, the Emperor Hanazono, the Prince Sadafusa of Fushimi, the artistocrat Sanjōnishi Sanetaka, and successive generations of the Ashikaga shoguns—and explores aspects of their passion for picture scrolls by tracing the records of their aesthetic experience.
These enthusiasts’ love of picture scrolls was not confined to appreciation and collecting. Their passion was a leading driver in the arts of their time, one that powered the creation of new trends. By seeking to understand these men, influential patrons as well as picture-scroll enthusiasts, the exhibition introduces previously unexplored aspects of the context in which picture scrolls were created.
These men were all highly idiosyncratic individuals. In addition to presenting their biographies, the exhibition also provides an overview of the successive generations of enthusiasts, depicting the cycle of their aspirations and the story of the renewal of picture scrolls through history.
Bringing together well-loved picture scroll masterpieces, this unprecedented exhibition presents an invaluable opportunity to experience the ardent passions of the picture scroll enthusiasts for your enjoyment.

Period

March 29 to May 14, 2017

*There will be an exhibition change during the course of exhibition
*Download the list of changes in works on display

Hours

10:00-18:00 *Friday and Saturday 10:00-20:00

*Open until 20:00 on May 2 to 4
*Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
*shop×cafe will be open daily during a period of an exhibition.

Closed

Tuesdays

*Open until 20:00 on May 2

Admission
Adult General ¥1,300 Advance ¥1,100
College and High School Student General ¥1,000 Advance ¥800

Elementary, Junior-High school students and under are free.
*With a certificate of disability, the admission fee of a disabled person and a care-giver will be waived.
*Advance tickets will be available at the Suntory Museum reception desk until March 12.

Discount

◇100 Yen Discount
•For wearing kimono
•For presenting a coupon downloaded from our website
•For displaying a coupon on your mobile/smartphone
•For presenting a ticket to a thematic exhibition at the National Art Center, Tokyo, or Mori Art Museum
•For parties of 20 or more

*Only one discount per person

Audio Guide

¥500 (English Available)