Past year Exhibitions
Noh and Kyogen
April 16, Sat. - May 22, Sun., 2005
Restored Beauty of Courtly Aesthetics: Reproductions of The Illustrated Tale of Genji
Produced in the first half of the 12th century, the Illustrated Tale of Genji is considered to be the oldest extant hand scroll of illustrated stories in Japan. 1997 saw the start of two extraordinary projects, the first being an in-depth scientific analysis of the scroll. The second project, undertaken with the cooperation of the NHK Nagoya Broadcasting Station, was the creation of a facsimile of the picture scroll to resurrect its original appearance. The replication of the fifteen sections held by The Tokugawa Art Museum was completed in March 2005. The NHK documentary of the scroll's recreation received national and international acclaim.
The purpose of this exhibition is to trace the research and the enjoyment of this extraordinary work, and thus, the items on display comprise a historical survey of the different replicas of The Illustrated Tale of Genji made from the Edo period (1603-1868) to the present Heisei period (1989-). Included are the facsimile works of
Sakurai Seiko (1897-1972) as well as the most recent reproduction mentioned above.

Small is Beautiful
May 28, Sat. - June 19, Sun., 2005
National Treasure, "Hatsune Furniture:"The Marriage Trousseau of Tokugawa Chiyohime
Among the significant art treasures held by The Tokugawa Art Museum is the marriage trousseau of Chiyohime, wife of Mitsutomo, the second lord of the Owari Tokugawa family; it is perhaps the most stunning example of a Japanese marriage trousseau in existence.
Chiyohime was the eldest daughter of the third Tokugawa Shogun, Tokugawa Iemitsu, and married to Mitsutomo in 1639 at the age of two.
The trousseau consists of 75 items designated as National Treasures, and includes fabrics and metal crafts; however, the center of the collection consists of lacquer items: mirror stands, shelving, and containers for the shells used in kai-awase, a matching game practiced since the Heian period. Most of the furniture has been decorated with a design taken from a scene in "Hatsune"chapter (First Song of the Bush Warbler) from the Tale of Genji. This ever-enthralling collection is also known as the Higurashi no chodo (Furniture for Daily Life). For this exhibition, the complete trousseau is on display.

From Isolation to Open Doors
June 25, Sat. - July 24, Sun., 2005
" Master Tea Bowls: The Aesthetics of the Edo Period."
This exhibition, the second in this series of "Master Tea Bowls,"is entitled "The Aesthetics of the Edo Period." On display for this special show are the distinguished tea bowls of the early Edo period.With the onset of the Edo period, the Japanese tea masters came to admire Chinese and Korean tea bowls, and subsequently, began to use tea
bowls made to their specifications in Japan that reflected these tastes.
While the Raku family in Kyoto continued the tradition of wabi Japanese tea bowls, Hon'ami Koetsu created a new and distinctive aesthetic with the polychrome color glazes (iroe) used in kyoyaki (Kyoto-style ceramics) which in turn inspired Nonomura Ninsei. Outside of Kyoto, these tea bowls had been produced at Seto and Mino kilns, while the newly established kilns of Hagi, Karatsu, Takatori, and Satsuma, which derived their fundamental techniques from the Korean peninsula, began to produce tea bowls based on this new aesthetic, in turn marking the
onset of a nation-wide production of tea bowls.
In this exhibition, tea bowls made during the Keicho and Genna eras (1596-1624) ? an important point of cultural intersection between the Momoyama and Edo periods ? several tea bowls used in the newly developed tea ceremony of the Kan'ei era (1624-44), and tea bowls from this period yet later acclaimed by tea masters, are on display.


Ino Tadataka's Maps of Japan
July 30, Sat. - September 25, Sun.., 2005
Masterpieces of The Tokugawa Art Museum
The year 2005 marks the seventieth anniversary of the Tokugawa Art Museum, established in 1935 by Tokugawa Yoshichika, the 19th of Owari Tokugawa family. Being the first private museum in Japan, the museum represents a remarkable step in the history of Japanese museums.The center of this collection, some ten thousand items, comprises the art works of the Owari Tokugawa family. Some of these items were purchased from the Tokugawa shogunal family or other daimyo families, while other items were presented to the Owari Tokugawa family by important merchant families in Nagoya, the Okaya and Takamatsu. The museum collection is an extraordinary example of a daimyo household’s private holdings.
The first half of this exhibition, July 30th to August 28th, is devoted to various items from the Owari Tokugawa family’s remarkable collection, and includes art objects originally presented to Yoshinao, the first of the Owari Tokugawa, by his father, Tokugawa Ieyasu. The second half of the exhibition, August 30th to September 25th, focuses on a large number of objects registered as National Treasures or Important Cultural Objects: painting, calligraphy, and other crafts.


Daimyo Gardens
October 1, Sat. - November 6, Sun., 2005
The Tale of Genji through Painting
The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu 1000 years ago, has provided painters with subject matter from the Heian period to the present. There is no other subject in Japanese history that has had such a remarkable impact upon the artistic imagination for such an extended period of time. The remarkable diversity of paintings seen in
the output of the Tosa and Kano school painters, as well as the machi-eshi, those painters without an affiliation with either school, reflects a continually evolving series of variations upon this theme.In an attempt to trace the development of artistic expression as reflected in the continually shifting aesthetics, this display draws
upon the holdings of The Tokugawa Art Museum and the generosity of private collectors who have lent items to create a wide-ranging exhibition that includes picture scrolls, folding screens, shikishi squares, and ogi (folding fans).

[Special public presentation]

genjimonogatari
November 12, Sat. - December 4, Sun., 2005
National Treasure "The Illustrated Tale of Genji"
"The Illustrated Tale of Genji,"a National Treasure, also known as the "Takayoshi Genji"after the purported painter of the work, is the most famous of the Japanese picture scrolls, and unquestionably among the representative objects of Japanese art.
It is believed that the original scroll contained all fifty-four
chapters of the Tale of Genji; however, with the passage of time, many of the chapters have been lost. Presently, of the surviving twenty chapters, the Gotoh Art Museum in Tokyo holds one scroll formerly owned by the Hachisuka family of Awa (present day Tokushima prefecture), The Tokugawa Art Museum hold three scrolls, and the remaining fragments are in the hand of private collectors. In spite of what been lost, it is still possible to see the remarkable tastes and refined sensibilities of the Heian period aristocracy; the text, written in an elegant hand on colored paper exquisitely decorated with gold and silver foil, is paired with the equally delicate paintings.
To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the museum, and after a period of ten years, all of the surviving sections of "The Illustrated Tale of Genji"are on display.

Permanent Exhibitions Only on December 6 - December 11,2005
Also Closed on December 12, 2005 - January 3, 2006

1100th Anniversary of the Completion of the Kokin wakashu Poetry Anthology

January 4, Wed. - February 5, Sun., 2006
Auspicious Design: The Arts and Crafts of Good Luck
For centuries, the Japanese people have wished for peace and prosperity. Thus, for significant occasions in the human life cycle, such as birth and marriage, or holidays marking changes in the seasons, even in daily life, people would keep items with specific characters or designs representing happiness or good luck on their person or as household decorations to ensure the presence of good fortune and happiness.
The symbols used to represent these qualities ? cranes, tortoises, and pines to represent perennial youth, or auspicious words for happiness ? can be found in calligraphy, paintings, and many other objects formerly owned by the Owari Tokugawa family.
This particular exhibition is to celebrate the New Year 2006 with the appropriate wishes for prosperity and happiness.

Doll's Festival

February 11, Sat. - April 9, Sun., 2006
Hina matsuri: the Doll's Festival in the Owari Tokugawa Family
The Hina matsuri, or the Doll's Festival, also known as the momo no sekku, or the Peach Season Ceremony, celebrates young girls and their maturing. Being a bright, light-hearted celebration, it is an appropriate announcement for the advent of spring. Various dolls are arranged on a multi-tiered stand covered with red felt: the prince and princess in the middle, followed by three ladies-in-waiting, and five musicians. A final row of miniature furnishings adds a lavish elegance.The remarkable doll sets owned by the Tokugawa Art Museum represent the expected elegance once found in the households of the realm's greatest daimyo.

Tea Scoop named "Namida"

February 25, Sat. - March 5, Sun., 2006
Tea Scoop named "Namida" by Sen no Rikyu
"Namida" which Rikyu used for the last tea party

 

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