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    Reopening Celebration III

    Art revisited, beauty revealed
    Six storied exchanges

    December 16, 2020 to February 28, 2021

    Connecting the old and the new. Revisiting art, without being hampered by conventional periodization. Medieval, early modern, modern: all are art. “Art revisited, beauty revealed,” the Suntory Museum of Art’s message, expresses our desire to link ancient art to modern art, eastern art to western art, across the boundaries of time and place and culture. This exhibition thus introduces narratives of art newly appreciated, including glass, ceramics, prints, and the arts of the Ryukyus.

    Left: Vase with mayfly design, Emile Gallé, 1889-1900, Suntory Museum of Art (Kikuchi Collection) ©Keizo Kioku
    Right: Hexagonal covered jar with bird-and-flower design in overglaze enamels, Edo period, 17th century, Suntory Museum of Art

  • Suntory Museum of Art 60th Anniversary Exhibition

    Masterpieces from the Japanese painting collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (TBD)

    April 14 to June 27, 2021

    The Minneapolis Institute of Art, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has one of the finest collection, in terms of both quality and quantity, of Japanese art in the United States. This internationally esteemed collection includes, for example, about three thousand ukiyo-e. In this exhibition, our focus will be on paintings from the Edo period, including the Kano and Rimpa schools, and the Eccentrics, as well as ukiyo-e. This large-scale “coming home” exhibition presents changes in Japanese painting from the middle ages to the modern period. The exhibition introduces a selection of masterpieces to offer a complete picture of the Japanese paintings of which the Minneapolis Institute is justly proud. It also presents the brilliant rivalries of popular artists—not to be missed!

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    Daoist Immortals (Formerly, sliding screens in Tensho-in Temple), Kano Sansetsu,
    Two of four sliding door panels, Edo period, 1646, Minneapolis Institute of Art
    Minneapolis Institute of Art, The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund 63.37.2-3
    Photo: Minneapolis Institute of Art

  • Suntory Museum of Art 60th Anniversary Exhibition

    Unsettling Japanese art (TBD)

    July 14 to August 29, 2021

    Have you ever gone to an exhibition to see the works, worked hard at reading the captions, and ended up with no sense of the works themselves? That’s a classic “the eye is blind if the mind is absent” experience.
    In this exhibition, displays that stir and unsettle the heart will engage the eye, mind, and heart and boost the feeling of “I want to see this work!” For everyone standing on the starting line of the art appreciation experience, this exhibition offers a preliminary workout towards actively perceiving and
    understanding works, from famous works in the Suntory Museum of Art’s collection to rarities and hidden treasures.

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    Onoe Kikugoro V (detail), Lithograph, Meiji period, ca.1875, Suntory Museum of Art

  • Suntory Museum of Art 60th Anniversary Exhibition

    The sword: The soul of the warrior (TBD)

    September 15 to October 31, 2021

    In Japan, swordsmiths, from the Heian period to the present, have created a trove of famous swords. Each of these swords carries its deep history, forged in conflicts from the Gempei War to the power struggles between warlords. From the early modern period on, the sword also became prized as an accessory attesting to samurai status. This exhibition brings together swords forged and polished by the techniques and skills of master craftsmen. In addition, battle picture scrolls and illustrated tales also offer insight into the lifestyles of Japan’s warriors in a rare opportunity to experience their sophisticated culture.

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    Legends of Ishiyama-dera temple, Tani Buncho, Set of seven handscrolls (detail),
    Edo period, 19th century, Suntory Museum of Art

  • Suntory Museum of Art 60th Anniversary Exhibition

    Special Exhibition
    Prince Shotoku: In commemoration of his 1400th grand memorial

    November 17, 2021 to January 10, 2022

    Prince Shotoku (574-622), serving as Empress Suiko’s regent, laid the foundations of the Japanese state. He also deeply embraced Buddhism and is regarded as the founder of Japanese Buddhism, the person who launched its propagation in Japan. After his death, worship of Prince Shotoku developed, attracting widespread reverence for him, from distinguished, high-ranking priests of various Buddhist sects to noblemen and commoners. With the cooperation of the Shitenno-ji Temple in Osaka, this exhibition commemorates the 1400th anniversary of Prince Shotoku’s death, tracing his life and introducing masterworks related to the ongoing transmission and expansion of Buddhism and faith in Prince Shotoku himself.

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    Mantra Chanting Prince Shotoku (Namubutsu Taishi),
    Northern and Southern Courts period,
    14th century, Shitenno-ji Temple, Osaka

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