September 14 to November 13, 2022
The Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts was opened in May 1936 to offer opportunities to Osaka citizens to experience its outstanding artistic culture, to enrich everyday life, to support artists’ activities, and, more broadly speaking, to provide resources for the vitalization of culture in Osaka. The collection it has assembled in the decades since its founding numbers about 8,500 examples of Japanese and Chinese paintings and calligraphy, sculptures and crafts. Our museum has taken the opportunity presented by the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts’ closing for major renovations in the fall of 2022 to hold, in Tokyo, an exhibition of works that embody the finest essence of the East Asian art for which that museum is famous.
Late Autumn, Uemura Shoen, Showa era dated 1943, Sumitomo Collection, Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts 【To be shown over an entire period】
November 30, 2022 to January 22, 2023
Cherry blossoms in the spring, maple leaves and autumn grasses in the fall: the rivalry between the beauty of the four seasons is an eternal theme in Japanese art. Chishakuin Temple, the headquarters of the Chisan School of the Shingon Sect of Buddhism, in Higashiyama, Kyoto, is graciously lending an assemblage of magnificent works for this exhibition. The temple has meticulously preserved a group of partition and wall paintings in rich colors on gold grounds that Hasegawa Tōhaku (1539-1610), who ranks with Kanō Eitoku as a Momoyama-period genius, and his disciples painted for Shōunji, the mortuary temple for Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s son Tsurumatsu. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to present those Chishakuin treasures in one setting. Moreover, its utterly famous Cherry Blossoms, Maple Tree, and Pine Tree with Autumn Plants will be shown together outside the temple for the first time.
Maple Tree (National Treasure), Hasegawa Tōhaku, Momoyama period, 16th Century, Chishakuin Temple