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    Paragon or Puzzle?
    Your Own Perspectives on Works in the Suntory Museum of Art Collection

    April 17 to June 16, 2024

    What is a great work of art? It could be a paragon, a work that everyone confirms is a masterpiece. But with just a slight shift of perspective, even puzzles, obscure, uncelebrated works, have the potential to be seen as fascinating and captivating.
    In this exhibition, we bring together paragons and/or puzzles from the Suntory Museum of Art collection, introducing their diverse charisma from many angles. It’s up to you to decide whether the work before you is a paragon or a puzzle, a masterpiece or a muddle. Go for it—search for your very own paragon or puzzles!

    Ball for Kemari (a type of football) and Its Holder, Edo period, 18-19th century, Suntory Museum of Art

  • The Tokugawa Art Museum Collection:
    Treasures of the Owari Tokugawa Family

    July 3 to September 1, 2024

    The Owari Tokugawa family was the most prominent of the three branch families that produced the Tokugawa shoguns. The many treasures that they amassed and handed down are now in the collection of the Tokugawa Art Museum. Most notably, they include the Sunpu owakemono, items inherited from Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first Tokugawa shogun. Objects beloved by family heads and their spouses over the generations, including swords, tea utensils, utensils for incense appreciation, and Noh costumes: these precious artifacts relate the history of the Tokugawa and their lavish and elegant daimyo culture. This exhibition is a rare opportunity to appreciate the museum’s most sublime masterpieces, on special display, including National Treasure The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls and National Treasure the Hatsune Trousseau, which were the wedding furnishings for Chiyo-hime (Princess Chiyo), eldest daughter of the third Tokugawa shogun, Iemitsu.

    The Tale of Genji Illustrated Scrolls (Kashiwagi 3) (National Treasure), Heian period, 12th century, Tokugawa Art Museum

  • Hanabusa Itchō: Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of His Death (TBD)

    September 18 to November 10, 2024

    Hanabusa Itchō (1652-1724) was a painter active mainly in Edo around the Genroku era (1688-1704). He originally studied with Kanō Yasunobu, a younger brother of Kanō Tan’yū, but, inspired by the work of Hishikawa Moronobu and
    Iwasa Matabei, moved away from the Kanō style to create distinctive genre paintings, vividly depicting the people of the city. In 1698, at the age of forty-seven, he was exiled to Miyakejima Island. The works he painted while in
    exile are called “Island Itchō” and particularly highly regarded. This exhibition, which commemorates the three hundredth anniversary of Itchō’s death, will explore, through his signature works, the artistic activities and fascinating personality of this remarkable artist.

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    The Scarf Dance (Important Cultural Property), Hanabusa Itchō, Hanging scroll, Edo period, 17th-18th century, Tōyama Memorial Museum
    Yoshiwara Licensed Quarter (detail), Hanabusa Itchō, Handscroll, Edo period, ca.1703, Suntory Museum of Art

  • Japanese Art and Confucianism (TBD)

    November 27,2024 to January 26, 2025

    Confucianism is a social ethic taught by Confucius (Ch: Kongzi) and his disciples in China in the sixth century BC that developed into a worldview, political ideology, philosophy, and scholarly tradition. Transmitted to Japan in the sixth century AD, it was initially received mainly at the imperial court and Buddhist temples, but from the Edo period on spread throughout society at large. With its broad penetration from the ruling class to the common people, Confucianism had a far-reaching impact on the arts as well, from teikan paintings, didactic paintings of Chinese emperors, to the mitate-e, parody pictures, in ukiyo-e. This exhibition focuses on Japanese art rooted in Confucianism, introducing an abundant body of works by artists who had studied and adopted Confucianism.

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    Paulownia and Phoenixes, Kanō Tan’yū, Pair of six-panel folding screens, Edo period, 17th century, Suntory Museum of Art

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